The pursuit of goals is a marathon not a sprint. As an author I often find myself feeling discontent with the daily steps I take toward my larger writing aspirations. Many, many hours can be spent in the pursuit of one’s goal, yet it still feels as if they have only etched the slightest bit closer to the final result. You know what you have done is a positive and progressive step in the right direction, but the niggling notion that it’s not good enough is persistent and rather demotivating. So here are a few tips to reinforce your confidence in your progress, and keep the fire alive for your goal.
- Keep A NotebookA tip that I learned in the throes of self-development that has been very helpful. Keep a notebook in which you write down any actions you take in the pursuit of your goal, no matter how big or small. In adding to this ‘journal’ every day, you remind yourself that you are actively and consistently contributing to your goal. During times when you feel deflated and defeated, you can flick through your entries, and remind yourself of all you have accomplished so far.
- Set Reasonable GoalsPlan your goals so they are achievable around your daily routine. Quality is better than quantity, after all. For daily tasks, think about three tasks that you would like to undertake, make a list, and tick them off. Any goals which you do not achieve can be carried over to the next available slot in your schedule. The same action can be taken for weekly and monthly goals.
- REWARD YOURSELF!Don’t push yourself to work on and on when your mind and body are instructing you to take a break. Take time out to watch a few episodes of your favourite TV series, or take a walk, go to the gym. Have a cup of tea. Set achievable goals, and once they are completed, step away and make a point of finishing the day. Achieve the goal piece by piece, which will also help to give you a sense of completion at each step.The pursuit of goals is made up of periods of action and periods of inaction, and while it may seem like there is nothing happening, these times of inaction can be used for planning. The process can be mentally exhausting, so be sure to put just as much value on rejuvenation. Keep everything in perspective, and remember to celebrate the little things!!