I’ve spent some time over the last few days working on my production schedule for 2015. I’m through the first part of June and, I must say, I am excited for what 2015 has to offer.
My time losing over 100 pounds and working as a personal trainer taught me a lot. Many people want to do things, but fail to set goals and plan. They say things like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to save more money”. While it’s great to want to do these things, you need something tangible to aim at.
Instead of saying something like “I want to run more”, a more tangible goal would be “I want to run 10 miles a week” and then mark 3 days on your weekly calendar that you will commit to running 4 miles. Make yourself accountable and stick to it!
I am going into this year knowing that I want to release 5 books that will each be around 50,000 words. Using a production template for each book, I calculate that I can release a book that size about every 65 days. So I have every day until June scheduled out so that I can hit those targets.
Will I hit every deadline? Probably not. But that’s okay. A lot of this is a learning process for me. I am still finding my stride and what works best for me as an author-entrepreneur.
The important thing is that I have something to aim at. And like the great Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
So what do you have planned for 2015? I’d love to hear your comments below.
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It’s basically impossible for me to do anything half-ass. I was overweight most my life. And I didn’t decide to make a change about it until I knew with 100% certainty that I was ready to make it my #1 focus in my life and that I would not fail. Before that, I wasn’t ready and I wasn’t going to start then fail. When I decided it was time, I put everything I had into it and I lost 115 lbs. in 15 months (95 in the 2012 calendar year).
With that, I made sure that I did things that would sustain my health long term. I didn’t do any fad diets. I developed new habits and a new lifestyle that has stuck with me and I have been able to keep most of the weight off and I am a much healthier person now than I was 3 years ago.
Now that I have decided to write fiction, I am taking a similar approach.
I understand that the novel that I am working on is not going to make me a lot of money. It is probably not going to be read by a lot of people.
The chances of hitting it big on the first swing is almost non-existent.
And I love that.
Because I am thinking long-term. I would much rather my 5th or 8th or 10th book take off and kick start my writing career.
- I believe that, over time, I will become a much better writer
- I want my brand to have an inventory. If people read and love Abiding Harvest, the novel I am currently working on, then what? I have nothing else for them to read after that
- I will make mistakes along the way. I understand that I need to be patient and learn from them whether they be in my stories, my marketing, or any other aspect of my writing business
I love writing. I always have. And I want other people to love my writing. The great thing is that I have the rest of my life to work toward that.
I want to lose the weight and keep it off. To me, there is no appeal in dieting down to go look awesome at the beach and then go back to my old ways.
Write and keep writing. Over time, you will gain sustainability with discipline.