A few years ago, I set quarterly goals for my writing. At the start of one year, I made this huge list and was determined to meet each one. The list was way too long.
Then I thought about resolutions. You know, the same stuff–exercise, read more, pray more.
But that soon faded away, too. And I never felt comfortable with it. Until I did this.
I’m not usually the type to cling on to every sort of advice that comes my way. I generally eschew the “best business” books or the “self-help” stuff. But this is the thing I share with others, especially around this time of year. Pick a word for the year that you want to work on.
It’s easy to remember and it’s applicable and it doesn’t feel like a huge chore list.
No, this is not my idea. It comes from this guy, Mike Ashcraft, in Wilmington, NC who has written a book about it.
He tells people to pick a word based on this question: What type of person do you want to be?
Then, you come up with 10 words or so and narrow it down. Then you work on that word throughout the year. As a Christian, I pick a scripture that goes with it that also informs and helps me become more like God. But even if you’re not part of Christianity, I still think it’s a surefire way to give you a clear goal to think about and make gains towards it. Remember, it’s about becoming a different person, but it’s hard to change everything at once.
As Mike says in the book:
Change is possible, but focus is required.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my word with you.