As 2017 winds down, many people reflect on the past year and look forward to a better 2018.
For some that’s as far as it goes: looking.
Some resolve to change something. Weight-loss, getting fit and smoking cessation are the three of the most common resolutions.
By Valentine’s Day most of those resolutions are long dead.
And the few that survive? What is the primary difference?
They had a plan!
Simple as that. You can pontificate and declare your intentions but without a plan nothing happens.
The plan isn’t magic either. You just need to implement it.
It helps if you write down your plan and read it over once in awhile.
In 2007 I decided I wanted to call myself a writer. I had been writing since age eight, published here and there, but truly making a difference in my job with my writing skills. It was time to break out!
I started with two steps.
#1 Read More. Every writer I admired or followed recommended voracious reading. As a child I was a ravenous reader but books became a luxury when I was raising children. One day I realized if I gave up computer games and TV, I’d have plenty of time to read. I set a goal of one book per week. I kept a spreadsheet so I could measure my progress. I carried a book with me wherever I went. In eleven years, I have read 1100 books, having eventually settled on a comfortable pace of two books per week.
#2 Write more. Having a weekly newspaper column was a dream of mine but lacking a degree in journalism proved a formidable obstacle. Then came blogging. I realized I could fulfill my urge to express my opinions… without permission! I wrote weekly (my Plan) for several years, honing my skills and venting my soul. That led to other writing opportunities and before long I felt confident billing myself as a writer. All that reading significantly contributed to my writing ability.
YOUR plan does not have to be elaborate. It can be as simple as two steps, written down, checked on monthly, and quietly implemented.
But there must be a plan. Without it, it’s like the nursery rhyme,
“If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.”
If you would like help with your plan, contact us or attend one of our workshops.
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