I know many people don’t start think about goal setting for another four weeks, but I consider it year ’round.
I don’t want until January 1st to begin anything, except a new year. I don’t make resolutions that I don’t keep, I rarely make resolutions at all. When I want to start something new, whether it be health, wealth, a writing, I do it right away.
So – I’m not going to talk about what I’m going to do four weeks from now, but what I did 10 or 11 months ago. In January of last year (not January 1, I think it was near the end of the month,) I made a vision board of what I wanted to see in my life. I’d never made one before. I won’t bore you with all the things I placed on it, just a few things that did actually come to me throughout the year.
Of course, I had writing and publishing goals. I didn’t have a set number of publications or a set number of hours spent writing; those I set more often than yearly. However, by continuing to work on those writing and publishing goals, I’ve succeeded in publishing EIGHTEEN times this year. 18! 18 poems, short stories, books, etc floating around out there in the world!
I received these four complimentary copies in one week!
What Lies Beneath features a poem “UnWalden Pond.”
Vine Leaves has two poems: “The Fly” and “After.”
Wild Women’s Medicine Circle a narrative poem, “H.”
Delphinium published “Hope.”
Elsewhere on the vision board, I had things like book signings and talk shows and other personal things, some of which happened, some of which have not YET.
One of the things I included was an interview. I’ve done two in the last month, but I did a live on air interview with
Super News Live on their show Dark Times in June. They gave me about 24 hours’ notice! But
it was so much fun. The members of the crew and staff were very sweet!
Our brains like Goal Setting! Even setting little goals and crossing them off our lists makes us feel like we’ve accomplished something.
With my vision board, I didn’t actively cross anything off. In fact, at some points, I forgot I’d had things on it. I looked at it after my Poe interview and realized – I had a picture of LIVE interview on it!!
I haven’t set goals for next year – yet. I have set short term goals that I will reset and realign when needed.
Waiting for New Year’s to set goals is like planning for failure. Why wait? What can you do right now to accomplish what you want? What can you do in the next month to know what you want to accomplish next year? If you know what you want to work on – why not start now?
I think by having a list or a goal written down somewhere, picture or other form, encourages us to more actively pursue, perceive, maybe envision that goal and work to accomplish it.