Setting a goal gives you focus. It’s the first step towards defining the action necessary to achieve it. Sometimes you try to achieve your goal but you don’t reach it. This is where resetting your goals comes in handy.
Sometimes the only way to evaluate a goal is to try it. For example, your goal was:
“Be published in one year’s time.”
The year is up and you aren’t published.
Do you give up the goal? No! You reset the goal.
Yes, try again. But before you do, be sure your goal is realistic. Maybe setting a timeframe on an endeavor like publishing is not realistic since you don’t have any control over the publishing part. That is in the hands of many professionals but not necessarily, you.
Once you’ve reset a more realistic goal with perhaps a more flexible timeline, set objectives.
Objectives are great because they can be multiple and achievable in a short period of time while your goal may not be. And you have control over them. Short-term objectives completed constantly and with care can get you closer to the goal.
Objectives are specific.
Write a first draft.
Sketch an image for a promotional postcard mailer.
Objectives are concrete.
Revise that first draft.
Revise that image for a promotional postcard mailer.
Objectives are measurable.
I revised my manuscript it’s ready for my crit group.
I revised my postcard design and shared it with my crit group.
Objectives are actionable.
I’ve polished my manuscript with revisions from my crit group and it’s ready to submit.
I’ve created finished art with feedback from my crit group. I’ve sent the postcard design to the printer and it’s ready to send to art directors and editors.
Now you’re ready to try again. And while you may not yet succeed in achieving the goal, you will have accomplished many things that will allow you to “fail better.”
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