I've always loved goals.
Not the seemingly unobtainable goals (weigh less than 125 lbs., be famous, rule a kingdom). Not the goals that do not depend on me (be professionally published, be discovered as an actor).
I love the finite, fixed goals, the ones that come in all shapes and sizes, short-term and long-term. Goals like:
Finish the laundry today
Paint a picture for Christmas Cards
Write 50,000 words on a novel in November!!!
I write during National Novel Writing Month because it gives me a very specific, finite goal to accomplish, and it puts just enough pressure on me so that I make writing, for one month out of the year, a priority.
And I won! I did it! I set out, worked hard, and accomplished my goal! Yay!
But it's not over. Now I have new goals, for the month of December:
1. Write at least once per week on each blog.
2. Write a new verse each day for the advent calendar (did that last year and the year before).
3. FINISH the mermaid novel rough draft.
4. Revise my play from a 45-minute one-act to a 2-hour full-length play.
Notice how each one of these is a WRITING goal. That means, for the month of December, I will STILL keep writing a priority. And I will make sure I have writing goals set up for January, too, so that writing stays a priority all year round.
If I don't set goals, I will let the rest of my life take over, and I won't write. I can't let that happen.
What are your short-term and long-term goals? What have you won at lately?