Tuesday, December 18, 2012

End 2012 With a Great Plan for 2013

As we celebrate the holiday season of 2012 and take time to enjoy family and friends most of us will also be planning ahead for success in 2013. Setting writing and publishing goals will be a big part of the plan.

The key is to look closely at what has worked this year and what has had you spinning your wheels. I mean an honest and critical view of what you have done right and what you need to do to get better. It can be similar to revising your work and it can be difficult.

When we revise, sometimes it is hard to cut out a character that we have grown to love or delete words that we just have to put in there because we like them even when they don't move our story along. The same goes for our goals. Sometimes we hate to cut out an activity or delete a routine even when it isn't moving our career along.

Now is the time to cut, hack, redo, undo, delete and make drastic changes to the way we do things especially if we don't have the results we long for.

Start with a clean slate.
List projects that need to be finished.
List projects that you have planned and decide if they are viable.
List your financial needs.
List outrageous possibilities for your writing.
List realistic possibilities for your writing.
Begin your plan.
Set specific goals for 2013.
List action steps for each week to attain those goals.
Schedule these action steps on a brand new calendar.

This is the beginning of a successful 2013. Having a plan with realistic goals goes along way to providing success. Having a plan with at least one outrageous goal that you would love to attain gives you power to succeed.

We are only held back by our own fears so make a plan, set goals, and soar.


Karen Cioffi said...

Terri, great post. It's very important to have goals and plans and action steps to take you there. In a recent webinar with Kathleen Gage, she said you need to have action steps planned for each month, throughout the year. You need to know where you want to be and should be moving through the year toward that end.

Heidiwriter said...

It's good to reassess our goals and what we need to do to stay on track for the new year! Thanks!

Magdalena Ball said...

Planning is so critical to success, Terri. Thanks for the reminder and tips.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Terri!

Debbie A Byrne said...

Great post! I am still working on this myself.

Kathleen Moulton said...

Teri, I liked "one outrageous goal". Dream big, right? You've encouraged me!


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