First published on Authors' Billboard - Sept 11, 2015 by Mimi Barbour
There are 12 steps to setting up a goal for yourself and having any real possibility of success. Take these seriously – they really work. And be realistic. Some ambitions are just not possible. You know it so don’t set yourself up to fail.
1- A personal desire – you are the writer of the goal – this is your dream.
2- Conviction of your desire – choose a realistic goal – no flying to the moon.
3- Write it down. If it’s not written, it’s not a goal. It has no substance. You have neurological pathways that will react to this prompting so seriously, WRITE – IT – DOWN!
4- Understand where you are now – start point.
5- List the benefits – how they’ll pay off when your goal is reached.
6- Set a realistic, time specific, doable deadline – make sure it’s not stressful. If you can’t meet it, re-set the timeline.
7- Set up 50% increments on accomplishing this goal – say each month until it becomes a habit and you’re not overwhelmed.
8- Identify obstacles that stop you from achieving the goal – be aware of these obstructions.
1- Identify the knowledge and skills it will take to accomplish your goal.
2- Identify people who can help you and spend time with them. ( eg-teachers)
3- List activities in two formats using steps 7-9. (a) most important, (b) Chronologically
4- Visualize success. Picture it in your mind or in the world.
Personally, I know this goal-setting works. If you’re serious and perform these steps religiously, you WILL reach your goal. Two years ago, I wrote down that I wanted to hit the USA Today list with a box collection I was in called Ten Christmas Brides. We did it. Last year I wrote down on the same paper that I wanted to be on the New York Times list and it happened. Now, I truly believe in this concept.
So try it, why not. What can you lose?
Okay - I'm writing this down. I want to sell a huge number of the first book in my Holiday Heartwarmers Trilogy that will be released at the end of the month. And then I want to sell a lot.... okay - you get the picture.
Now I just need to make sure it happens :-)