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:
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
– 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
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.