With the end of the year approaching, many of us are looking back at what we have accomplished and looking forward to what we hope to accomplish in 2011.
But hoping rarely leads to accomplishment. Setting goals does.
If you’ve never set goals, or had trouble achieving them, consider setting S.M.A.R.T. goals this year.
- Specific: Know what you want. “I want to write” is too broad. Do you want to write stories, non-fiction, a novel, a devotional, or articles? Do you want to write 300 words or 30,000?
- Measurable: Set goals that will produce results you can see. Measure your progress in daily or weekly word counts, or as your number of submissions grows.
- Attainable: “I will write 10,000 words a day for a month,” is not likely attainable. Make your goals reasonable. When you accomplish them, you will feel the excitement. If you set the bar too high you may end up being discouraged.
- Realistic: Dreaming big is good. But, when you set goals to obtain those dreams, keep a firm grasp on reality. Know your limits. Know when to ask for help.
- Timely: Set or accept only reasonable deadlines, given your other commitments. Too soon and you’ll be stressed. Too long and you’ll procrastinate.
Once you have defined your S.M.A.R.T. goals, write them down. Tell your friends and family so they can offer encouragement and accountability. That’s smart.
Heather Kreke is a graduate of the Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman courses. She lives in Pittsburgh PA with her husband and two daughters. Heather is an avid reader and hopes to inspire youth to seek God’s will for their lives through her writing.