You thought I’d given up didn’t you? My obsession with goals. I haven’t and I won’t. Goals are a big part of how I run both BookEnds and my own life. As consistent blog followers know, I take the time at the beginning of each year to really take a look at what I want for myself and for BookEnds and throughout the year, monthly actually, we keep an eye on those goals to see how we’re doing and to make sure we’re on track. I even frame my goals and put them on my desk. They are that important to me.
The thing with goals is a lot of them are out of our control. Everyone at BookEnds has a goal to sell a certain number of books each month. While we can get the submissions into the hands of editors, and hound them incessantly, the offer itself is up to someone else. So part of knowing what your goals are and setting your goals, is making sure that you’re doing the work to reach them, even if we’re struggling to reach the actual goal.
Now that we are three-quarters of the way through the year it’s really time to hunker down and take a close look at those goals. How are you doing in reaching them? Any misses, any near misses, any goals that might have been a little too easy, or maybe too lofty for the year? The thing with goals is they should never be set in stone. They should be ever-changing as the course of your year and life changes.
I’m doing pretty well with my goals for the year. With some I was ahead of the game, others are going to be a little more long-term, but the work I’m doing this year takes me one step closer to them in the next year. A few of my goals needed to be modified. They weren’t necessarily too easy, but I think I could push myself harder. I’ve been doing just that.
Now that we have only a few months left in the year, we’re in that sprint. Take a close look at the goals you’ve set for yourself and make adjustments where needed or add a few that might give you the boost you need to feel like you have a strong finish when December rolls around.