It’s the time of year when we tend to reflect on what we have accomplished in the last twelve months, and what we wish to accomplish in the coming twelve months. I used to be a firm believer in setting New Years resolutions but, like many people, even with the best intentions, I rarely ever stuck to them. At the end of every year I’d feel guilty that I hadn’t stuck to my resolutions, regardless of how many wonderful things I had accomplished.
So now I set goals. Maybe they’re the same thing, maybe they’re not. My mind differentiates them so it works for me. I keep the list small, with goals that are achievable, and I keep all of my goals focused on the bigger picture of where I want my life to be. Each of my goals is a step towards a bigger goal, like a check list.
For example some of my goals for 2018 were:
- Finish the first draft of Samhain Sorcery
- Finish the first draft of The Lady of Zion (my next book)
- Create website for www.bforresterauthor.com
- Start a Blog at www.bforresterauthor.com
- Read and return my brother’s books on social media marketing
- Read 50 books on my Goodreads list
- Get more involved in my local community
- Make healthier choices
These are all goals that I’ve been able to achieve (although healthy eating doesn’t always stay the course). This year I really focused on growing my business, because being an indie author is running a small business, and honing my writing skills. I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped but I did make a lot of progress this year.
So over this weekend I’ve been spending time with my family and contemplating what goals I want to set myself for next year. I think it was an Author Like A Boss Podcast interview with Sheri Fink where she mentioned that all of your decisions/choices should be getting you one step closer to your goal, if it doesn’t serve your purpose then it isn’t worth your time. That really struck a chord with me and has been something I’ve taken on board.
Are you setting goals for 2019? What’s one thing you’d like to cross off your list?