Quote of the Day

By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.
 
Jack Canfield

To write or not to write?

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I got this. 

Nothing will stand in my way of becoming a freelance copywriter. I had a calling and I answered. End of story.

Over the last week, I have been looking over things to find mistakes. One stands above all others. 

My goals. 

I have not really set down a specific set of goals. Well, I have, just not obtainable. 

Correct that, they are obtainable, the path to them though, is cluttered. O.K., its beyond cluttered, its a trip hazard waiting to happen. If I don’t get it corrected soon, I am going to fall flat on my face. 

I’m just glad its still daylight out and I can see the obstacles in my way. 

I have to turn in an assignment for class, work on a project for Audio Out, and my About page for my website, but tonight, I am going to start the first step of getting my goals in order. 

1) Whats in it for me?

This one is pretty self explanatory. What am I going to get out of it? What am I passionate about? Why do I want this? 

2) WRITE THEM DOWN!!!!

There are many goals in my head. Most have swirled through my head for so long, I didn’t think I needed to write them down. Wrong. Writing them down, helps the chances I will stick to them.

3) Make them manageable.

Make enough money to work for myself is just too broad of a goal. Breaking them down into smaller more achievable goals will help obtain the main goal.

After I have thought about and written down my goals, the next hurdle to overcome is the execution. I will have to stay on track to keep to my goals. 

4) Daily reminders

Put a chart or mind map of your goals up so you can see them daily. Add a comment to each goal on why you want to achieve it. 

5) Commit

Like my commitment to being fit, I need to commit myself to being a writer. No more complaining about how hard something is. No more using “I don’t know how” as an excuse. 

I am in several very helpful, knowledgeable groups on Facebook. They keep me sane and on track most of the time. I will admit, some days are just harder than others. But such is life. 

I would like to see the light at the end of my goal tunnel, but I know I will be reassessing and reevaluating my goals on a daily basis. I think this will be a great motivator also. As I achieve one goal after the other, I know some goals will change. 

Happy writing everyone.

To write or not to Write?

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The start of a new year and the resolutions for many has begun.

I’ve have only set one resolution for myself year after year and that was to quit smoking. I accomplished that resolution in 2013.

I find myself wondering if I should set a new resolution. I have thought about it and am still unsure if I should.

Why do we set resolutions?

Most of the resolutions that I read about are all selfish ones. Get in better health. Quit smoking/drinking. Spend more time with family, less time working.

Why is it that you never hear volunteer at a soup kitchen, start up a non-profit for under privilege children, join a foundation to help with the environment?

So here is my resolution for 2014: Make enough money to have the time to give hope.

In order to do this, I have to obtain clients.

On January 13th, I plan to have my free report, about page, and action plan completed.

The reason I think so many people fail at their resolutions, is that they do not have a comprehensive plan set. Most just think, I’ll eat better, go to the gym and I will get into better health. Not realizing dedication and organization are the key.

A plan not thought out, is a fool proof way to not achieve these goals. Most get lost in the translation.

This happens in writing as well. I have a schedule for my writing. Certain days I focus on different aspects of my career. It is all in my calendar.

The best thing about my calendar is that it allows me to change it up. There is one thing I need to accomplish for a day. Write 1,000 words or more a day.

When I do this, the rest of my day is completed. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, it is.

If I don’t run, I start to feel sluggish. The same happens if I don’t write my set goal of words a day. Although, I don’t feel sluggish. I feel as if something is amiss.

When this happens, I open a blank page and start to write. Like running, this helps clear my head.

I have been absent from my blog for a few days. This was done on purpose. Every time I logged in and hit New Post, I felt no need to write. I knew I should have written something, but I opted out of it. I wanted to give my mind a few days to rejuvenate.

I still wrote in my journal, dream log, and worked on projects for work, I just didn’t feel the need to blog.

Here is another error most make in their resolutions. A few days of inactivity and they give up. There is nothing wrong with taking a few days to yourself. It is no more selfish than most of the resolutions we set for ourselves anyway.

There were a few times last year I had a cigarette. Did this mean that I had given up on quitting. Absolutely not. It just meant I took a small step in a different direction than I wanted.

If we make no mistakes, we will not learn. This is why I did not beat myself up when I relapsed. I told myself, “Thats fine, you had one cigarette. It doesn’t mean you are smoking again.”

This attitude kept my resolve strong and I moved on. The same with my writing. If I don’t finish some goal I set for myself to improve, I don’t worry about it. I forgive myself.

Don’t beat yourself up if you relapse from time to time. Its human nature. We are not perfect beings by any means. We are adaptable creatures.

Happy writing everyone.