I’m not a person who makes resolutions, but I do like to set goals. Every year in January, June and September I review the list of goals from the previous few months, cross out the ones I know I’m not interested in anymore and write a few new ones.
I developed this system after reading a book by a local author: “Write It Down, Make It Happen, Knowing What You Want– and Getting It! by Henriette Anne Klauser.
The second chapter is titled “Knowing What You Want: Setting Goals” and the author’s point is that we often don’t articulate to ourselves what we really and truly want. We might say one thing, then change our minds to “want” another thing. We lose focus and approach our goals scattershot.
Instead, we can use tools, such as journal writing, to identify the goals closest to our hearts and put the end result into our goal statement. But, we have to overcome our fear of failure and our fear of success to get there.
What, you might be saying. I understand fear of failure, but fear of success? That’s the slimy monster lurking behind the door. Many of us dream big, wish hard and then jeopardize our goals by listing all the reasons we can’t possibly succeed. Are we being too greedy? Or are we just not worthy of success?
Imagine if we slapped that fear monster back down into his cave and declared, “I am worthy, I will get what I want and you can’t stop me!” Instead of making excuses, we’d make progress. We wouldn’t give the naysayers an ounce of our attention because we’d be too busy succeeding.
That’s one of my goals this year, and I’ve started out well. I was brave enough to create my own publishing company, smart enough to find the best resources I could, because when I don’t know something I find those who do know it. I had to overcome a mythology of what publishing success looks like to fashion my own version.
So far, I’m very happy with the result. I’m making money with my writing, receiving great reviews and my book is on an Amazon list with some of the biggest names in publishing.
I plan to make magic, pull some rabbits out of hats and focus on publishing success in the next few months. There’s no sign of the fear monster anymore, may he rest in peace!