L: We set goals and work to reach them. Hopefully, we all do that. Sometimes that goal seems far, far away. If not in a distant galaxy, it's so far in front of us achievement or time wise, we can't imagine being there. I think it's important to set some smaller, shorter goals, ones we can make and then pass on our way to that big celebration at the end.
I expect the saying, 'the light at the end of the tunnel' had been around for a long time. Seeing that symbolic end to our toil, inspires us to work even harder. It's important to be able to see it. If there's nothing but dark in front of us, we may get lost or give up in frustration.
Some of my students set fitness goals. I know a few girls who want to lose weight, for some of them a large amount. They struggle to accept how setting small goals will ultimately help them reach their larger, long term goal. We can get caught up in the same short-sightedness as writers.
So set some short term goals. Perhaps rather than say I'll write a 100,000 page novel by the end of the year, I say I'll write an average of ten pages per week. Perhaps instead of saying I'll sell thousands of books this year, I'll set a goal of a three week blog tour and a certain number of hours spend on promotion per week. Short goals I can accomplish that could help me toward my larger goal.
We all need to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and when we get there, we enter that next tunnel and work toward the next light.
Do you set big goals or do you break it down into smaller ones? Do you write down your goals or keep them in your thoughts?