2007 was all about starting a blog. I created this site and wrote in it full-time job, with the hope that maybe it would earn a living wage. It didn’t.
2008 was all about writing fiction. I had this idea that I could work a full-time job to make ends meet, and in my spare time, I’d write a novel. I didn’t.
2009 was all about recovery. Cassie fell sick with cancer and the experience reshaped our understanding of what’s important. The goal was to beat the illness, and she did.
Consequently, 2010 was all about returning to a normal life. Cassie and I both have good jobs now. We’re living close to our jobs in a nice area. We feel like we’re saving a lot of money quickly, in spite of the rough economy. We’re being progressive, and look towards the future anxiously.
At the same time, I can’t help but feel mildly disappointed at the lack of progress in other aspects of my life. I want to be writing more often, and I want to be constantly learning new things. I want to be on the upwards climb, working towards a better me and a better tomorrow every day — but the routine of life tires and stresses me out to the point where I’d rather not.
I play the lottery often. I imagine that life would be so much simpler if I didn’t have to worry about the constancy of a paycheck.
I watch a lot of television. I tell myself that I need to decompress at the end of each workday, and that I deserve a break.
I waste a lot of time playing silly video games. It’s less concentration-intensive than writing, or advancing my career, or working towards any of my goals.
My point is that goals aren’t achieved overnight, and perhaps more importantly, goals can change.
When I was young I wanted to be a computer person, and now that I’m a computer person, I want to be something else. This constant search for improving, or advancing to “the next level” goes hand-in-hand with personal development. It’s not necessarily an indication that you’re altogether unhappy or unsatisfied with where you are, but when you are able to realize the time that has passed — an entire year — and that maybe you’re no closer to the goals you set out for yourself last year… you wonder what the heck you’ve been doing wrong.
Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
With this in mind, if I’m unhappy with the lack of results, then something about my daily routine has to change!
For the most part, I get things done. What I struggle with is getting things done that have no due date. How do you become a successful writer? What’s the indication that “Yes, you have achieved this.”
Certainly it involves writing more often than I currently do.
So tell me, do you struggle with this also? Do you have goals that are difficult to achieve or maintain focus on, and if so, what are your strategies to staying on track?
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