Happy New Year!
After the crazy fun of Christmas part 1, 2 and 3 and a great week skiing with my family and friends (there were 16 of us!), I hardly had time to think about my goals for 2011. But finally, after giving some thought I wanted to share them with you. I figure I’ll be more accountable if I publicly state my goals.
At first, I came up with three goals:
1) Get published
2) Learn the last 3 Isshinryu weapons kata
3) Lose fat and gain muscle
Unfortunately, I realized those weren’t good goals. Why? Because they aren’t precise, measurable, or realistic. Especially when the success of the first two are contingent on other people. I have no control whether or not editors and publishers will love my story and feel it is marketable just as I have no control over how many weapon katas (karate forms) my sensei feels I am ready to learn.
So after a little more thought, I came up with some precise, measurable and attainable goals that will hopefully set me up for success in 2011.
1) Write five days a week. Every week. Even if it is only a sentence. Blogging doesn’t count. Only novel writing counts. The more I write, the better I’ll become and the more finished novels I’ll have to give to my agent to shop. This increases my chances of getting published. By not giving myself a daily word count to reach, I feel that this goal is attainable.
2) Practice all my katas three times a week. I wanted to go for everyday, but didn’t think that sounded realistic. If I missed a day, I’d be angry with myself and give up. By practicing, my sensei will see my proficiency and confidence and know I’m ready to move to the next kata.
3) Increase my exercise regimen with running and P90X. While, I’m not sure how much running I can do over the cold winter months (I much rather run in warmer weather), I do have a measurable goal for the P90X. My husband and I will be starting it tonight after work. This is a daily exercise program that continues for 90 days. I have done it before for about 40 days and then life got in the way. This year the goal is to reach the full 90.
So there you have it. I hope you can help keep me accountable. And if you’d like to share your goals (remember precise, realistic, and measurable) in the comments section, I can help keep you accountable too.
Have a Safe, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!!