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"Believe in yourself the way that others believe in you."
Happy New Year! 
Okay, so I'm a bit late in sending this. But, better late than never, right?

That's the thing about setting goals, sometimes we don't make them on time, sometimes we fall short, and on occasion our goals change as we're trying to achieving them. And you know what?
That's okay.
Goals are not meant to be things we create to guilt us into hard work, or disappointments to berate ourselves with. They're there to help us focus and to provide stepping stones on the way to living our dream writer life. 

So, my advice to you this month is to get clear on where you want to be in a year's time. Grab yourself your favourite drink, a quiet spot to think, and take a pen and paper. Then imagine it's a year from now and you are writing past you a letter of encouragement to share all the amazing things that have happened in 2020. 
Dream BIG.

People often overestimate what they can do in a day, and under estimate what they can achieve in a year. So, why not imagine you've published a bestseller, or bagged that agent you dream of, or won a prestigious prize. It's happened to other people:
Why couldn't that be you?

And once you have this vision of what your life could be, start jotting down how you can make it happen. It's that simple. What are the sequence of goals that will get you to that amazing place you've just dreamed up? 
Who do you need to become to be that version of yourself?

Consider the habits and rituals you need to put in place to help you achieve these goals. Do you need write everyday? Search for the perfect agent? Write a kick-ass pitch? Whatever it is you need to do, know that you can do it. The only thing getting in your way, is your old doubts about being 'good enough' and the excuses you tell yourself about how you don't have time/money/freedom/motivation to do the things you want to do. 
If you truly want to do them: You will find a way.

Not sure that's true? Still believe you don't have time to write? Click here to find out 'How to Make Time to Write'

The key to setting successful and positive goals, is to focus in on WHY you want them. Get really clear on this, and motivation will follow. If you can align your goals with your dream vision, nothing can stop you from taking positive action to make it happen.
Want accountability and advise on your goal? Contact Me
Here's some questions to consider when setting your writing goals
  • Are any of the goals you have set 'should' goal'?
  • Are you excited by your writing goals; do you feel motivated when thinking about achieving them? 
  • Do you have a mix of easy wins and stretch goals?
  • And how do you plan to celebrate your attempts at these goals?
The key to positive goal setting is all about your attitude toward the goals that you set. If you're defining your dream by following someone else's goal, then you're less likely to achieve it. Know why? Because it hasn't come from your own energy and passion. Take some time this week to reflect on those goals you may have set for 2020, and ask yourself: are they really getting me closer to my dream writing life?

I share how to set positive writing goals on my blog, so click below for my post if you need help.
Check out my blog post: 'How to set Writing Goals'
Not yet set any specific writing goals?
Try this super simple timed writing trick to get your butt in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard. Sometimes it matters less what we produce in those twenty minutes and more that we're building a habit that allows the muse to know when to appear.
Knowledge is Power
Here's a great set of questions to help you define your dream writer's life. Take ten minutes and journal on whichever take your fancy, let your mind drift as you respond. You might be surprised at where they lead you!
  • How do I want to feel about my writing in a year?
  • What piece of writing am I most proud of and why?
  • How important is writing to me in my current life?
  • What's the one thing I believe I could never achieve with my writing?
  • Is there any activity I would sacrifice for more writing time?
  • Why can't I achieve my writing goals/What excuses do I have as to why I'm not accomplishing them?
  • Do I believe in myself as a writer?
I'd love to know how you respond to these: so please do hit reply and share some of your thoughts with me. Anything particularly stand out or resonate that you want advice on?
Click here to share with me what comes up as a challenge for you when goal setting!
That's all for now. Keep up to date by following The Write Catalyst on Facebook, and join the Facebook Group for regular motivational tips, tricks, and advice on how to achieve your writing goals.

In the meantime, keep believing.
You got this.
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