Delusions of Grandeur

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?

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4 Comments

  1. Right now I’d have to say my biggest accomplishment as far as blogging is concerned is just being able to keep the blog going for two years. Not always consistently but I’m still trying.

  2. I have’t yet read through your blog, but I just want to say that you come across as so tenacious in this post; something I aspire to be. I love your way with words. I also find it difficult (if not impossible) to set myself minor goals, I always want to reach for the moon.

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