A goal without a plan is just a wish.
I saw this unattributed quote recently — it knocked me back into my chair. The stark truth of it was unavoidable. I’ve been meandering, not aimless but certainly without a plan.
Not all who wander are lost, this is true. But sometimes those who wander never reach their destination. We all adventure the path, but is the path I walk the path I choose?
Well, love, it is now.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
I was once lucky enough to have a boss who taught me about “Smart Goals”. Have you heard of them? Well, a smart goal is a smart and measurable action which one would find realistic to their own life and is set in a sturdy timeline. Anything less than a “Smart Goal”, is simply a hope for the future, right?
That makes goal setting more difficult. Without a doubt it makes goal setting a higher-pressure activity. Its harder to excuse away not hitting your goals, when you have made certain they were realistic and specific. The strong don’t shy away from the difficult though — they rise to the demand set upon them.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean
Here are the 18 mini-steps I plan to take in this new year. Here are 18 stops I’ll make sure to hit on my wandering journey throughout life — 18 steps I know lie between my here and there.
- Outline Where Knowledge Grows by the end of January
- Write and edit stand alone short story by the end of January
- Outline When Stars Fall by the end of February
- Read all “official” Wonder Woman comics by the end of March
- Write 150 pages (unedited) of Where Knowledge Grows by the end of April
- Publish a short story somewhere official by the end of May
- Read 3 classic novels by the end of June
- Name book 3 by the end of July
- Outline book 3 by the end of July
- Complete first draft of Where Knowledge Grows by the end of August
- Write and edit a second stand alone short story by the end of August
- Enroll the kiddo in a program somewhere before the end of September
- Edit 1st draft of Where Knowledge Grows (once) by the end of October
- Write 150 pages (unedited) of When Stars Fall by the end of November
- Publish a second short story somewhere official by the end of December
- Take a “real” vacation somewhere in 2018
- Read 40 books throughout the year 2018
“All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
18. Enjoy my accidental derailments into the random, Document my journey, and enjoy the adventure that takes me from one stop to the next.