To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I am any better than anyone else. I don’t think I can do things better or faster than others. I don’t even think I have more determination or talent than others.
I just like to set incredibly lofty goals and pretend I think I can achieve them.
I never really understood the “set small, achievable goals to motivate yourself” thing. How can I motivate myself if all I have to look forward to is something I already know I can do? Over the years I have decided I need to challenge myself with my goals if I ever want to get anything done.
I’ve already mentioned what an accomplished procrastinator I am. Everyday things I know I should do get pushed to the side in favor of reading, watching TV, or just staring at the walls. (I truly did that once for about an hour; I don’t know why.) So if I ever want to get anything done I have to force myself to over-reach.
That is why, instead of just participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I am setting myself a goal of writing a 50,000 word novel-base each month for the next three months. That way I will end up with three books to be editing and rewriting rather than one. Either that or I will at least finish one book this time. (The closest I’ve ever come to reaching the 50,000 word goal was the Camp NaNoWriMo this August where I finished about 32,000 words in one month.)
I will keep a word count on my Projects page, and possibly update at the end of each Tuesday’s post how many words I have written. (I will try to remember, at least.)
Now, if you will excuse me, I am about 8 days behind schedule. That seems about normal.
What kind of goals do you set for yourself? What is the biggest goal you have ever actually accomplished?