Not all things are probable.
I have a desk calendar with Mary Englebreit's art on each weekly page. I like turning the pages each week to see what will come up next - but I don't let myself cheat and look ahead. I like the surprise of it. A couple of weeks ago the print was a little girl painting a white picket fence and at the top, with one swipe of her paintbrush, the little girl added a swipe of colorful flowers. Tulips and daisies and petunias. The border of flowers was echoed with a smaller border of flowers in the paintbrush itself. I like the imagery of that. I also like the saying. Because, really, anything is possible - if you're willing to work for it.
The problem is not all things are probable. I doing a challenge over at eHarlequin and have a couple of accountability challenges going with my CPs as well. This week, my goal is 10,000 words. Possible, definitely. Probable...until last night I thought so. Last night when a couple of last-minute non-fiction assignments came in that I can't turn down because of the pay scale. I should be able to knock the non-fic out today and get back on fiction's track. But that is one entire day of no fiction writing, which puts me way behind my goal.
Still, I'm not giving up. I'm pushing forward because I really want to meet that goal. Not to crow about it, but because I knew going in it would be a stretch. And I know when I'm published I'll have goals like this all the time (hopefully will be able to cut back on non-fiction so that distraction won't be there). So if I can push to 10k when I still have outside-fiction writing to do, I know I can push through when fiction will be my only focus.
How do you challenge yourself in your writing? Do you like setting daily/weekly goals or do you let the muse lead where it will?