’18 Steps Forward

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.

  1. Outline Where Knowledge Grows by the end of January
  2. Write and edit stand alone short story by the end of January
  3. Outline When Stars Fall by the end of February
  4. Read all “official” Wonder Woman comics by the end of March
  5. Write 150 pages (unedited) of Where Knowledge Grows by the end of April
  6. Publish a short story somewhere official by the end of May
  7. Read 3 classic novels by the end of June
  8. Name book 3 by the end of July
  9. Outline book 3 by the end of July
  10. Complete first draft of Where Knowledge Grows by the end of August
  11. Write and edit a second stand alone short story by the end of August
  12. Enroll the kiddo in a program somewhere before the end of September
  13. Edit 1st draft of Where Knowledge Grows (once) by the end of October
  14. Write 150 pages (unedited) of When Stars Fall by the end of November
  15. Publish a second short story somewhere official by the end of December
  16. Take a “real” vacation somewhere in 2018
  17. 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.

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