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G is for Goal

“The trouble with doing nothing is you never know when you’re finished.” – Anonymous

Goal setting is the one thing you do just for you. No one else really cares what your goals are because it isn’t important to them. Not like it is for you.

Once you decide what it is that you want to accomplish, then you can determine what your goal is. If you want to complete a manuscript, you could set a goal of writing for a specific amount of time, each day, week, and month. I wouldn’t suggest making your goal all about time though. You could spend an hour a day sitting in front of a blank page and not get anywhere. I would suggest making a specific goal that you can measure, like 500 words a day or a page a day.  Don’t start out with a goal that is not realistic. Set a goal that is achievable and then raise it.

Once you’ve met your goal, reward yourself. I am one of those people who can handle delayed gratification, at least for a while. I often watch last season’s television shows because by the time I hear people talking about the current season it’s usually half over. So what I do is order the previous season on Netflix. After I meet a goal, I give myself an evening with True Blood, The Walking Dead, or Downton Abbey. I can indulge without guilt because I met my goal.

Find what works best for you but be realistic. Your goal must be specific, it must be measurable, and you need to have a completion date to aim form. It’s okay to have a long term goal but give yourself those baby steps along the way. Nothing is more frustrating than working toward something and not seeing any progress. Those short term goals will get you to that long term goal of a finished manuscript.

Do you have goals and do you reward yourself?

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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Writing a Novel


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Weight Loss so far…

I continue to push forward with the Loseit program. Today was a struggle. No matter what I did, I was hungry. I probably ate too much today and will pay for it tomorrow. My loss continues to be pretty steady, usually at least a pound a week or more. It seems like when I stall at the same weight for a few days, if I keep doing what I am supposed to, I’ll see a day when I drop two pounds. Seems like it is inching along but if I want to see real results, I know I can’t quit.

I have tried to adapt the changes to my lifestyle. I like to workout but sometimes after a hard day at work, I really would like to veg out. When I really feel that way, I sometimes veg out. I refuse to beat myself up to the point where it’s a real battle because then I know I will lose.

One of my tricks is forced exercise. I park further away so I have to walk further. I haven’t gotten to the point that I will take the stairs up all the time, but I will take them down. I really get into housework and try to work up a sweat. It may not be a fancy form of exercise but if I’m sweating, I’m moving and that’s all it takes. When the weather is bad and I feel like walking, I will go to the mall. Yes I like to shop, but I make myself wait until after I’ve walked. I try not to miss working out two days in a row. I think I have to keep the momentum of at least every other day.

I am not perfect and never will be. I’m human and I will have days that I cheat and eat a little chocolate or skip a workout but as long as I keep my eye on the long term goal and get back onto the program the next day, I know it will all workout.

Though I am a long way from my final goal, I can say, I feel better and I am noticing my jeans feeling a little bit looser.

Until next time…



Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Weight Loss


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