Over the weekend I was in Las Vegas, Nevada. My first time. You could say I was a Vegas Virgin. I was there to present a workshop on Goal Setting to the local RWA chapter. I don't know what I was more excited about, actually being in Vegas or speaking for the first time to a group that I didn't have an affilation with. First off let me tell you I have a thing for slot machines. So needless to say all thoughts of goal setting pretty much left my brain the minute I hit the Las Vegas airport.
Vegas is a great city. It's full of excitement and has an immense energy that seems to flow all around it. It soon became clear to me that my goal was fast becoming not losing all of my money in the first day. I figured it would be best to spread my losses out over the next two days, just to be on the safe side. Thankfully my gambling blitz was interrupted by the real reason for my being in Vegas and that was to present the workshop.
Goal setting is something we all do in every aspect of our lives whether or not we're writers. In my presentation I concentrated on short term and long term goals using a formula that lays it all out there. You should start by listing all of your goals and then breaking them out. Let's take my Vegas stay as an example. My focal goal or main purpose goal was not to lose all my money. In order to acheive this goal I had to have smaller goals in place. These would be lumped into two categories, general and action goals, keeping in mind that both of these must lead to the focal or main goal.
General goals were things like don't put more than five dollars into a machine at one time. An action goal would be setting a limit on time played at any particular slot machine, say no more than ten minutes. I think you can get my drift. Right about now you must be wondering if I met my goal. Well let's just say that after I acheived the slot machine goal I set another one and that was winning money at the roulette table. I did okay there, here again using the simple formula of setting limits.
The point here being that setting goals for yourself can be a great motivational tool to acheive a higher success. Just remember set your goals above the bar, but so high that you can never achieve them. Push yourself to get the job done and I think in the end you'll be happy with the results.
Tracey J. Lyons