Thursday, January 24

A Word or Two on Goals

It's all about goals this week on the Word Wranglers. I've actually been giving this a lot of thought. I've even written a blog to post on my personal blog--but I haven't posted it yet. Because then I'll be committed.

Therein lies my problem or perhaps its my solution. I need accountability. Since December, I've been thinking about some goals I want to accomplish and so far, they've just stayed in my head--where they're safe from failing. If I don't tell anyone what I want to accomplish, I can't fail. They remain pleasant little daydreams similar to my Matt Lauer interview fantasy. Oh wait, I told you about that so now I have to get on the Today Show.

See--when I put it like that, it's a little ridiculous--the way my mind and logic work.

So, what I've been thinking since December, is that I do need to make some changes in my life. Changes in my diet as I'm pre-diabetic, changes in my writing habits, and changes in my procrastination tendencies. I can call it "tactical delay" ala Worf (ST:TNG) but I have come to realize that I am the boulder in my path.

My idea back in December was to commit to one change per month--and I was going to post my eternal procrastination list so I could start making some progress on it. For one, getting a website set up for Jordan's artwork--note the rain fairy above. And really, there's little reason for me not to post on my RGSenechal blog because it's not like I've developed a following--since I rarely blog and never advertise it when I do, so it's not like someone would be reading and keeping me accountable. Except--what if I did develop a following? What if I did fall short one month? Yes, these are the thoughts that stagnate my growth.

So, now onto my goals--now that you've read all the reasons I put them off--For the rest of January and all of February, my health choice change is to drink 3 ltrs of water a day. I've done it before and I know it's totally attainable. I also know that my knees felt better than they had in a long time without meds.

As for writing--

A--I will send out five new queries a week to agents until I have an agent. 

B--I will finish Daughter of Greece before May--I have about 12K written at this time, so I think if I commit, this is a doable task. 

C--At the same time, I will be doing a rough outline/plotting for Small Town Armageddon and work towards finishing it by the end of the summer. 

And finally, find a way to stop procrastinating and become proactive in my life, not reactive.

Okay, so on this cold day of January, that's what I want to see happen over the next few months. Wish me well :)

4 comments:

  1. Good luck! I totally understand the procrastination problem. I big on procrastination.

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    1. Yeah--love my time-suck activities. Maybe that's my escapism tool.

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  2. Great goals, Margie. You can do it!

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  3. Bravo! Those are great goals, and we know you can do them. I'd love to see you do more on your blog--your posts are always so fun.

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