Breaking Up Your Goals by Belinda Kroll

The thing about writing goals, with any goals, really, is they always seem like some distant, nebulous event that you may or may not ever reach. Which to me, is the inherent problem with goals. Goals aren’t events, meaning once you reach the goal, you might not feel the elation of reaching the goal because you’re already thinking: “What’s next?”

The problem with goals is we often choose goals that are a conglomeration of a lot of little goals. This is what I would like to talk about: the breaking up of a big goal into little goals so that you can actually accomplish your goal.

My goal for this first round is to finish edits and release my short story/poetry anthology, Love or Lack Thereof. Already this has been broken into smaller goals of writing and editing each poem and short story to the best of my ability. With each story, I can break it down into smaller goals still: characterization, motivation, plot twists, conflicts. I know I need to have the pieces done in time to get to my editor for cleaning, and then I have to format the anthology for publication.

Are you having trouble with your goal? Did you make a goal that is now seeming a bit more than you can chew? What to do, what to do?!

Imagine you are the hero in the story of your life. You have a goal in mind for this round of 80 days which requires smaller successes and triumphs to accomplish it. You will have conflicts such as life events that will get in your way. How will you surmount these conflicts? Do you have a plan?

Either way, here’s a hug from me as congratulations for trying this ROW80 out in the first place. Good for you for trying. Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of, take a look at your goal and change it so you CAN accomplish it. Accomplishing something small is better than accomplishing nothing at all. Best of luck!

~*~

Belinda Kroll

3 comments

  1. Good advice! Breaking the goals down into smaller “bites” is a good way to approach them. I thought I had done that, but my “small” goals have been more difficult to accomplish than I’d thought….

    I have been letting “life” get in the way…but I’m still making progress on my pages and word counts, so I’m satisfied that, in a sense, I’m achieving my overall goal.

  2. Hey you’re doing better than me! Life has completely gotten in the way and I’ve been struggling hardcore to get anywhere near my goals. Last week, I don’t think I did a thing toward my goals. Major facepalm on that one.

  3. Sounds great breaking it down into smaller bites. My goal was simply to finish the first draft of my current wip. Breaking it down into smaller bits like writing so much a day has helped. Next row will involve editing and will keep in mind the smaller bites. More rewarding as you check something off the list.

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