“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
- Lucille Ball
So today let’s talk about what is realistic and what isn’t. Some people set goals and never achieve them, and they’re often successful in spite of the fact that they don’t achieve exactly what they set out to accomplish.
And there are those people who dream, but never take a forward step on the journey to realizing their dreams. That’s all they have, dreams.
No plans, no road map if you will, for the journey to success. This is something everyone needs, a plan. Or to be a little more focused, goals.
You can’t decide what will help or what you need if you don’t have a set idea of where you’re going. And in order to achieve your “dreams” or rather to turn your dreams into realities, you need goals. Something tangible and realistic, something you can accomplish every day.
Some writers gauge their productivity by word count, others by page count. It really doesn’t matter what you count, only that you do count. Keeping track of your daily writing helps you to hone your process and learn what you need as a writer to get to the goal you set.
Some fine ideas are to set your goals low, so you can always expect to exceed them. I suggest to you, the 100 Words Group. Never heard of it? Start your own!
One of the most talented writers I know sets her goals low in order to keep the pressure off her writing so she can really enjoy the process. 100 words won’t even fill an entire page, unless you’re on page one and count the header, “Chapter One”.
You need to do what works best for you, and in the discovery you will find a process that works —for you.