Since Chris Brogan posted about defining three words for 2012 as a “resolution,” rather than the more ubiquitous “I’m gonna lose X pounds, make more money, and win at life”-type resolutions (not knocking those, by the way–just noticing that for me, they don’t work very well…), I’ve declared my own “three words” to be Prepare, Practice, and Persist (also keeping in line with my love for alliteration).
My earlier post explained the why for me; this post will actually start talking about how I’m implementing them. If you don’t know, I’ve recently written a book–a novel, basically a thriller/suspense in the same vein as James Rollins, J.A. Konrath, and Jeremy Robinson. Check out more about the project here and here.
As such, I thought these words fit right in with what I hope to accomplish in 2012, and this post will explain some of that. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get something out of it as well.
Goals, Dreams, and Tasks
There goals, then there Goals. Some are big, like dreams, and some are small. I choose to define them based on their size as tasks, goals, and dreams. One can get you to the other, but most likely it’ll take numerous “smaller” pieces to get you to a “larger” piece. Here’s what I mean.
- Tasks. Things that we may find mundane, like checking social media sites, analytics reports, or even posting on the blog.
- Goals. Things that we hope to accomplish, and could actually be pretty feasible for us within a reasonably short amount of time. Writing (and finishing!) a book, launching a business, and getting married could fall into this category.
- Dreams. These are the big ones: the goals that are astronomically awesome, yet still possible. Getting a great publishing deal, or earning enough on the side to quit your day job are dreams.
- Lots of little Tasks make it possible to achieve bigger Goals
- Even more little Tasks make it possible to reach and achieve our Dreams
- While super-easy, we don’t always want to do the little Tasks