Achieving Your Destiny- Part IV
By: Mia L. Hazlett
Step III – Baby Steps
One of my big mistakes in pursuing my dream of becoming a best-selling author, was making Step 1- Write a Book. That’s HUGE. I struggled for months with the feeling that I wasn’t moving ahead. I was moving ahead because I was writing, but when I couldn’t write for whatever reason, I felt like I was failing.
Writing a book is immeasurable until you actually hold the physical book. That could take months, or in my case years.
1. Cut your plan into daily steps.
2. Get out a calendar. Not an electronic calendar, an actually calendar you can physically write on with a pen.
3. Hang this calendar in a place where you will see it every day.
4. Write a REALISTIC goal for each day of the month. For example for me – create 1 character outline.
5. Only schedule one month out. Don’t try and complete two, three, and four months ahead. You don’t know what is going to happen this month that could take you off track.
6. Begin following your schedule.
By giving yourself daily steps rather than just a completed goal, you set small achievable goals. Little celebrations along the way can create a sense of accomplishment even when you haven’t crossed the finish line.
I tried the whole electronic calendar. I shut off the alarm to the point I didn’t even look at it when it went off. The physical calendar in my bedroom pushes me that extra hour at night if I haven’t written.
This calendar is right by my bed and I see it when I get up and when I go to sleep.
I started out with trying to write a chapter a day. That was huge. Sometimes my flow could only bring a paragraph. So I wrote down all aspects of putting a book together. It’s not just writing. On the days I didn’t write, I edited or wrote a blog post. I stayed in motion.
The problem with trying to put yourself on a one year schedule, tomorrow could throw it all off. If you work towards your goal by taking baby steps and monthly measurements (to be talked about in Part V), you won’t become overwhelmed and try to change a year’s worth of planning if something comes up that throws you off track for a couple of days, weeks, hey, maybe months.
Now simply follow your schedule. This is really the most important step of all. You can do all the planning in the world, but if you don’t put it into action, it will always remain something you dreamed about, not something you did.
Copyright © 2015 Mia L. Hazlett