It happens all too often. We start out the new year thinking this will be the year we meet our goals. We may even give it a good try, but by the end of February the realization that we haven’t done anything in weeks to get us closer to those goals hits us. And we feel guilty. We feel bad that we didn’t pull it off, yet again. And we do nothing.
But wait. The year is not even half over. There’s still plenty of time to meet your goals. Or, if it really was a year-long goal, there is still time to get a good start and keep up the momentum into next year.
I used to do the same thing. I’d make all these resolutions, and not really make them priorities. Or I’d start off really strong and just not keep up with things. Or even do some of them, but stop there and not move forward. I’ve actually spent a great deal of time trying to learn to focus on one goal. For instance, I have more than 20 short stories to publish (hopefully this year) and it has seemed so overwhelming I could not focus on any of it long enough to really accomplish anything. Many of them were written in 2011 and 2013. Overwhelm is not my friend.
For this year, I promised myself I would take it one step at a time. One story at a time. And I’m so proud of myself for pulling it off so far. I’m doing well with my goals this year, and really getting things done.
Will I really pull off getting more than 20 short stories publish, on top of all my nonfiction articles and whatnot? I honestly don’t know. But, if I don’t, it wont be for a lack of trying. No sir!
And if I don’t get them all published? Well, then it will happen next year. If I can pull off publishing 7 short stories already this year, I can do more. And that is something to be proud of. I’ll be fine if I don’t get them all done before December 31st, because I know I can resume my efforts on January 1st. No big deal if I fall short.
It can actually help the creative flow; clear your mind and refresh thought process. Taking a break is good for you. Just remember to start back up again. That is the important thing.
I didn’t know everything I needed to know to self-publish these stories, but I decided to move forward anyway. After all, spending the last couple of years learning what to do didn’t actually produce eBooks. It just meant I was learning things. And some of what I’d learned had changed anyway. Learning is good, but please don’t use it as an excuse not to meet your goals. I regret doing so.
Once I decided I was done with all that and was going to just do it, I spread my wings and did what needed to be done. You should too.
So far this year I’ve self-published 7 short stories, 1 nonfiction book, and edited and republished another eBook. Busy, busy. And I’m good with that.
What did you get off track with? How will you get back on track? Let us know below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shannon L. Buck
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