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How to Set Goals to Pursue Your Dreams

Published March 14, 2018 in #WritingWednesdays - 0 Comments
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Hi y’all, welcome back to my channel.

Today I’ll be discussing with you a step process with tips on how to set goals in order to follow your dreams. Whether you’re trying to write a book, start up a business, or even work your way into that promotion you have your eyes on, setting goals are necessary means to an end, and these steps will help you set realistic goals that you’ll actually be able to follow to your dreams.

Let’s get started.

So you want to write a book or maybe start up a business. It’s a dream that you’ve had for days, months, years, maybe even most of your life, but pursuing that dream has deemed challenging for you.

You know what you want the finish line to be, but haven’t even made it to mile three of the marathon. Before you start to doubt that it’s even possible, you need to break it down.

Number 1: The Big Picture

Do you have a dream you’re trying to pursue? Then you’ve already completed step 1, right? Wrong!

You know you want to write a book, but what kind of book?

You want to start a business, but what kind of business?

You want a promotion, okay, for what position?

Before you can proceed, you need to hone in on exactly what you’re striving for.

A full-length sci-fi romance novel available in ebook and paperback?

A downtown storefront selling healing crystals?

A promotion to Quality Control Supervisor?

Whatever it is, you need to be as specific as possible about what exactly you want to achieve.

Number 2: Research! Research! Research!

You know exactly what you want to achieve, now you need to familiarize yourself as much as you can about what that entails. Start up a doc on your computer, or if you’re a little more old-fashioned, get writing in a notebook.

Scour the web, go to the library, take an online class, interview someone, whatever you can do to learn more about your dream. Then record whatever information you find, even if it doesn’t seem important to you at the moment, because I can almost guarantee you, it will be at some point.

Number 3: Set a Deadline

One of the main issues, when people try to follow their dreams, is they don’t set a realistic time frame for when they want to accomplish this.

When do you want to achieve your dream? In two days?! Ummm, I think you need to bump that up a little.

You need to set a deadline for yourself that you can see as realistic based on the research you’ve done so far, and be sure to keep in mind the amount of time you’ll be able to focus on it yourself.

Your deadline doesn’t have to be six months from now, it can be five years from now, and it doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence where you fall into depression because you’re not going to make the deadline you gave yourself. Unfortunately, things do come up, and some things may take way longer than anticipated, like getting a business license for example. You don’t have to beat yourself up.

The main reason why I want you to create a deadline for yourself is for two reasons. You can have an end in sight, and it gets you off the couch. A self-imposed deadline will help you finish that book in two years, versus fifty.

Number 4: Identify the Sub-Goals

Your main goal is your dream, but sub-goals are the steps towards that main goal. These don’t have to be super specific. In fact, sub-goals are more thematic in a way.

For writers, for example, the sub-goals could be, finishing your manuscript, complete a self-edit, get beta readers, create a cover, get a professional edit, and then lastly, publish the finished book. With each of these points, you can get way more specific with the steps of each sub-goal, but for now, just identify the sub-goals.

Again, this is where your research kicks in.

Number 5: Identify the Continuous Goal

The continuous goal is similar to a sub-goal in that it’s a thematic goal that will ultimately help you achieve your main goal. However, with a continuous goal, there isn’t an end to it that leads into another. Rather, the continuous goal is happening throughout the entire process. From start to end.

For a writer, that would be growing the author platform and attracting potential readers. It’s something you’re constantly working on.

Number 6: Identify the Mini Goals

You have your main goal, you have your sub-goals in order, and you have your continuous goal to constantly be working on. Now you have the mini goals.

You’ll create mini goals within each thematic sub-goal. These can be in a specific order, but they don’t always have to be.

For writers in the finishing your manuscript sub-goal, some mini goals could be outlining the novel, outlining each chapter specifically, then writing each chapter. But they don’t have to be in that order necessarily. For example, a writer could do the novel outline, then only get into the specifics of the first chapter before writing the first chapter, then going back and getting more detailed with the second chapter before writing the second chapter, and so on.

Mini goals are basically all the little tiny steps that will help you achieve your sub-goal, and then ultimately your main goal. You don’t have to worry too much about having all of them down pat from the start. As you continue to follow all the goals and grow in knowledge and experience, you’ll be adding more mini-goals to that list anyway.

Number 7: Utilizing Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Objectives

Now that you have all your goals, it’s time to utilize objectives.

A monthly objective could focus in on completing one of your sub-goals, or a big milestone within that sub-goal. Then get even more specific and narrow down exactly what you need to do every week and every day.

For example, a writer’s daily objective could be to write something every day, even if it’s just a few sentences. A weekly objective could be finishing a certain scene. And then monthly objective to finish an entire chapter.

By calling these objectives, we make them seem more like necessary tasks that you must accomplish within a short amount of time, thus scheduling your time and increasing your productivity.

Number 8: Get Organized

Alright, you’ve done all your research, you’ve identified the goals, and scheduled objectives, now it’s time to get organized.

There are tons of different ways you can do this. You can get techy with it and organize everything in online programs, or you can go more traditional with a paper planner.

I personally use a bullet journal for this and I owe a great amount of my productivity to bullet journaling. I’m actually planning on creating a section of my channel dedicated to bullet journaling because I think it’s an awesome way to keep track of your goals and scheduling objectives.

But whatever you feel works best for scheduling your time and keeping track of everything, go for it. You know yourself better than I do.

While I’m still actively pursuing my own main goal, doing all of these steps has greatly increased my productivity and I can see myself going all the way. But now it’s your turn to put these tips into effect.

If you found this video/post helpful, please hit that like button and be sure to subscribe to My Channel for more videos on pursuing your dreams as well as behind the pages content of my own writings. Comment down below if you have any questions or tweet me @TheMavMoses. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now y’all.

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