G: Goals – Motivational Quotes A-Z Challenge

Today, our journey continues through an alphabet soup of motivational quotes especially geared towards writers and creatives working on a big project.

Of course, all of us know that goal setting is important. Indeed, many of us also know that goal setting needs to be SMART:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable 
  3. Achievable 
  4. Relevant
  5. Time-based 

Developing SMART goals is all about removing that fantastic dream-like quality from what you want to get done, and creating an actionable plan for results.

For many creatives, no doubt terms like goal setting and SMART goals sounds way too business-like and we’d prefer to go with the flow.

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can

spend your life running up and down the field and

never score.

– Bill Copeland

However, for me there comes a point where your credibility is at stake. Not just when it comes to other people, but also with yourself. If you’re not even striving towards your life’s goal, what are you waiting for? Life is short. Not only that, it can be shorter than you thought. After all, not everyone receives their full entitlement of four score and ten. Not that I want to be morbid, but I do live under the shadow of a nasty auto-immune disease and I’ve already slipped through the net a few times. That has made me think, but it hasn’t always led to action!

The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is

too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach


– Michelangelo

However, I don’t believe that goals need to be rigid and stuck in the ground like football posts. They can and do change, and it’s important to be responsive. Intuitive.

To be perfectly honest, this is probably something I need to put some more time and focus into. I have worked in small business and been to quite a few seminars and one of the big catch phrases for small business owners is about spending time on the business as well as in the business.

As writers, writing is our business. The same goes for artists, photographers etc. However, we still need to work on our business which includes things like goal setting, planning, keeping our desks and computer files sorted and backed-up. Having the best goals in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have the wherewithal to carry them out and see them through to the end.

Otherwise, they’re just dreams!

Well, so far I’m somewhat keeping up with the annual Blogging A-Z April Challenge again this year and am finding there’s much I need to action from these posts.

Best wishes,




7 thoughts on “G: Goals – Motivational Quotes A-Z Challenge

  1. maxwellthedog

    Oh yeah? Remember the old saying, “Eagles may soar but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines!” Now, go take a nap.:) Great Ro-pic. Zumba at he beach.

  2. Gail M Baugniet (@GailMBaugniet)

    Some of my actions have been quite sporadic but these days I enjoy setting goals and planning ahead. Of course, at times the goal posts have to be reset and I have no problem with that either.
    I am still making my way through the list of AtoZ participants and enjoyed reading some of your posts today. I like your “SMART” acronym.
    G is for: Great Honors Bestowed by Ludwig
    (Theme: very short stories/varied genres)

  3. Alistair McDonald

    Im liking this series Rowena, newly back from a self-imposed less time on internet thing. Great photo too. It reminded me to look up what the great John Clarke said re Sitting on the Beach – For this you’ll need a beach, which is a long sandy arrangement somewhere near the sea, and you’ll need something to sit on. The Michaelango quote is a gem too

  4. Rowena Post author

    Great to hear from you again, Alastair. I understand the need for less time on the Internet. I’ve pulled back from blogging over the last month to focus on writing the short stories for my book. However, I decided to participate in the A-Z Challenge and working on these quotes has been very enlightening and a great help.
    It sounds like John Clarke isn’t too keen on sand. I seem to go for my walk and head home and thought I shoukd sit down and relax a bit. That’s something to work towards. I’m also concerned I might not be able to get back up.
    Best wishes,

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