Zig Zigler said, “Success is where opportunity meets preparation.”
You can accomplish your goals if you prepare.
Step One: Determine what your goals are
What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to finish your novel? Write a novel? Buy a car? Write a short story? Lose weight? Find an agent?
Think about what you want to accomplish.
Step Two: Write Them Down
When you write down your goals, you see them in front of you. It can help you remind you what you’re working for and what you want to get out of it.
Step Three: Schedule short-term and long-term goals
Maybe your short-term goal is that you save up enough money for a down payment on a car, or that you write 100 words a day or 5 pages in a week. Your long-term goal, then, could be that you have a novel in a year.
Step Four: Make them realistic
If you’ve never written a novel before, you probably don’t want to make your goal that you write 500 pages in a week. Think about what you could accomplish with your time constraints and with your abilities.
Step Five: Measure them and reset them
If your goal was to write 100 words in a day and you wrote closer to 1,000, reset your goals. Shoot for something more difficult. On the other hand, if your goal was to write 500 pages in a week, and you wrote 15, you should reset your goal.
As you think about what goals to set, it’s important that you’re constantly adjusting your short-term goals to help you meet your long-term goals.
Plan. Do. Check. Adjust. This will help you meet your goals.