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All of us have written down a goal with the full intention of doing it, but for one reason or another, we never accomplish it. If this happens often enough, it may begin to feel like we just aren’t good at goals, so why should we try?

We try because all of us, no matter our walk in life, want to be better than we were the day before. So we continue to set goals. We want to be successful, but perhaps we just don’t have the tools that work for us.

Being a writer was never a goal for me, until two years ago. Before this point, I would write down story ideas on note pads that eventually disappeared, along with my story ideas, and dreams of being an author.

So, with some money I earned from a photo job, I purchased a Mac tablet and a companion keyboard specifically for writing my book. I identified a weakness in my goal and sought out a means for combating it. Because of that one decision, I’m now getting ready to send my first book to the editor.

The same can be true for you. Perhaps all you need is your metaphorical tablet to get you committed to your goals, so you can start being successful in your life.

Using the sheet below, You can write out the goal you wish to see yourself finally succeed at. Write out the strengths you have to get the job done. Next, write out what’s holding you back, what skills do you lack?

In the third box, write out what positive things can happen in your life by accomplishing this goal. Then, write out what roadblocks you may face, whether those are mental or physical.

In the last box, I want you to brainstorm ways you can compensate for your weaknesses, such as hiring an outside person to do part of a job. Then, look for alternate routes you can take to go around those threats or roadblocks.

By taking the time to do this step in your goal setting, you will be that much further in becoming the person that you want to be.

Best of luck to you my friend, and if you find this worksheet helpful, please let me know by leaving a comment here.

Also, If you still need help writing out your initial goals, check out MY Goals sheet!

What Can You Accomplish This Year?

On a recent call with my writing coach, he asked the question of “What does your one year plan look like? What goals in your writing do you want to achieve? And what steps are you going to take to get you there?

I had a rough idea of some things I would like to see happen in the next year of my writing career, but nothing concrete. The more I’ve thought about it, however, one thing kept coming to my mind.

I want to publish two books by November 2021.

This can sound like a lofty goal. Especially when you factor in three small kids to the equation. However, I feel that with determination and a bit of grit, I can make this happen. With that in mind, I set out to create a way to make that goal happen and here’s what I came up with.

Now to provide a little explanation using my goal of publishing two books by November 1, 2021. The major milestones I will have to accomplish will be to:

  • Complete the rough draft for book one
  • Complete self-editing
  • Hire an editor
  • Complete manuscript
  • Get cover design
  • Format book
  • Upload book to Amazon

These steps will then be repeated for book two. In order to publish two books I will need to launch my first one by July 1. These goals will need to be accomplished in the next 5/6 months to make this a reality. Hence those milestones are broken into monthly goals.

Next, we break down those monthly goals into weekly and daily goals. These would include writing 1,500 words daily, and a minimum of 9,000 words in a week. As my books are roughly 120,000 words each, that would mean I would need roughly 12 weeks to finish that draft.

The best part, is that at the end of each sheet you have a chance to review your goals and see if there is something you need to change up in order to meet them.

Now click the download button and get started!

Can A Book Change Your Life?

Last year was a challenge for every single living person. We were all affected in some way and we still feel its effects almost a year later. In some cases we had to dig down deep and figure out who we were and why we were doing the things we did.

Despite all the disruptions in our lives, one thing stayed the same. My local library still allowed us to check-out books.

One night as I sat watching a webinar from Self-Publishing School, a book came up called “Miracle Morning,” by Hal Elrod. This book was supposed to teach you how to develop yourself by waking up a little earlier in the morning, and focusing on becoming a better you.

I jotted the title down and shortly queried my library to see if they had it in circulation. Upon finding they did, I hit reserve.

Now, I am a voracious reader and I love personal development books. But as I began to read this book, my life slowly changed. Each section was broken up into bit-sized actionable advice. So as I read, I implemented.

It was amazing. I woke up a little earlier each day and meditated, visualized, read from other books, exercised, and wrote in my journal. These were things I had been trying to do for years, but had not been successful at doing continuously until now. I read that book in September. It’s now January and I’m still doing these things.

I can’t believe the change I have felt in myself. I’m happier. I actually have some “me” time without interference from a child who is hungry or got poked in the eye. And because I took this “me” time, I am happier with my kids, I get more done during my day, and I’m more relaxed.

If you are looking for a way to feel more productive about your day, check-out Hal’s book. I would definitely give this one FIVE STARS and recommend you get it on your reading list ASAP.

So to answer the question: Can a book change your life? I whole heartedly say YES.

Don’t wait to change your life. If you want to start off this year with a solid plan, check out this post on BHAG’s and grab the pdf.

Do you have a favorite self-improvement book? Share your favorites in the comments!

Do You Have a BHAG?

For years I have wanted to write a book, but it never felt like the right time. I gave it a few half-hearted attempts, but never committed myself to the project. I was recently graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business and Advertising and ready to actually “use my degree.”

I found great joy in being a project manager for a group called Gourmet Gone Wild based in Michigan. I literally got to use everything I learned in college. It was amazing. However, when I became a mom, everything changed.

I found myself wondering who I was besides mid-night room service to my newborn. I no longer worked, so I had lots of free time. So I decided to give a go on writing some of the book ideas I had floating around in my mind. Again, I never committed myself to it.

Finally in 2018, I decided to give myself a year to write the book. For once, I showed up and got my rough draft written. Then I read it.

I was expecting to read something of the same quality as the printed books on my shelf. Not even close. I wondered to myself “Who wrote this? Surely I know how to write better than this.”

I nearly gave up. I became afraid that I wasn’t good enough to write a book. Thank goodness for a supportive husband who got me on the right track and I started again.

This time I decided to dive deeper into my characters and plot. The next draft was significantly better, but I still had a long way to go.

Then in January of 2020 as I sat writing my goals, I put down my bhag (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). I was going to publish my book. The more I learned about publishing, however, I began to feel that self doubt creep back in. “I wasn’t good enough.” “I should just go back to doing photography.”

But then I saw my goal list again. I didn’t want to quit on something that made me so happy. So I signed up for publishing and writing webinars. I put together a business plan (yes, you need one if you plan to make money writing books). and I got help from Self-Publishing School.

I am still terrified about my journey ahead, but I have discovered that I am worth it. I am fully capable of publishing a book and doing it well.

So here’s to not giving up on dreams and doing what we love.

You can download my yearly goal sheet below.

What’s the BHAG you’re going to tackle in the next year?

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