You resolved this year would be the year. It would be different. This would be the year that you launched your dream–finally! But this month has already slipped away, and you’re afraid the others will, too, if you don’t take action *soon*. Use these free, downloadable goal-setting worksheets to help you laser focus on what’s most important to you.
If you’re like me, you have trouble taking your big goal and paring it down into manageable steps. It can feel like you’re spinning your wheels just trying to decide which thing to do next. Meanwhile, your day-to-day life is still screaming for attention, jealously demanding you stop slipping away to write.
You need help. You need focus and clarity. And you need it NOW!
Take a deep breath, clear your writing space, and download these goal-setting sheets. They’ll help you decide how to spend your precious writing time. You’ll see actual progress and feel the relief and empowerment that comes from checking off tasks each week.
Because this is the year!
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For years, I had the same resolution on New Year’s Eve: “Publish a book!” Now, I have a new resolution–publish more books 🙂 Getting there was a process, for sure. Worksheets won’t supply the motivation, determination, and — let’s face it, irritation — you’ll need to launch your project. But I’m guessing you already have those. You just need a little direction, like I did. Something that can help you break down all the tasks into doable steps so you’ll know what to do *now* and what to do *next*.
You can pair these worksheets with the free Self-Publishing Checklist, too, for a powerfully productive year. Use both resources to help you launch your book.
Oh, and one more hint.
This is going to sound a little woo-woo. Once you start to gain momentum, a couple of weird things will happen. First, some things are going to go wrong. Your water line will burst and flood your basement, the car will break down, you’ll catch that virus that’s been making the rounds, etc. It will be super irritating, and a short-term crisis. This event happens to test your resolve. The appropriate response is: “I’m going to figure this out and keep going.”
You may be tempted to put your project off, or extend grace to yourself by allowing a restart. Maybe in the summer…or when school starts in the fall…or after Christmas. Don’t fall for it. This annoyance comes to confirm that you’re actually serious this time about achieving your goal. So don’t go for the restart. Just pick up where you left off yesterday and KEEP GOING.
Second, you’re going to freak out a little. When you get close to your goal, you may wake up in the middle of the night with the conviction that you’re not ready, your project is trash, and everyone — including your family and friends — will ridicule and criticize you and your pathetic work. This is another test, but it’s far worse than the first. This is your own self-doubt, and it wants to sabotage your efforts. Why? Somewhere inside our brains is an instinct to protect ourselves. When you take a huge risk, that little area of the brain buzzes to alarmed life. But instead of believing it, you’re going to acknowledge it and KEEP GOING.
Guess what? Most people want to see you win. They need to see you win so their faith in their own dreams is restored. And their voices will drown out the one or two haters that show up hoping for engagement. (They’re not going to find it because you’ll be too busy at book signings, am I right?)
Take action today. You don’t have to shave your head and move to a far-off writers’ colony. But you do have to make a plan. And here’s where you start.