Baby Steps

Going for it isn’t easy.  Ever.  Doesn’t matter what you want to do, where it is you want to be, or what it takes to get there.  It. takes. courage.  And courage, it seems is something I lack. At least when it comes to this.  This, my dream.   This, my decision to quit my safe and secure job and follow my writing dreams.

Because lots of people want to be writers.  Lots of people think they are good writers.  And lots of people aren’t.  What if I am in the latter category?  What if I’m crazy to think anyone would want to read what I write?  And the biggest fear in my heart:  what if I put myself out there, work really, really hard, and….fail.  I know, I know, failure is just a step, we learn the most from our failures, failure doesn’t define you….But still, who wants to fail?

My husband is not like me.  He doesn’t suffer from the urge to over-analyze everything or lean just a tad to much toward the practical in life.  Instead, he goes after what he wants, forges ahead even when the stakes are high.  He does not fear failure and yet he always, always says: failure is not an option.  This doesn’t mean he won’t make mistakes.  It doesn’t mean it won’t take hard work.  It does means he’ll keep trying. It means he’ll focus on the positives, work on what is within his control, and choose not worry (too much) about the rest.   So this year, I’m joining my husband in his mantra.  I will go after what I want. I will work hard and focus on what is within my control. And  I will not give up.  It starts with baby steps. Simply putting one foot in front of the other and moving ahead. And, here I will share it all.  And if it interests you, you can follow it all: my mistakes, my successes, my lessons learned.

Today’s steps: Setting Goals

I’ve set some work standards for myself:

-I will write 2 hours every day.

-I will set specific monthly goals (SMART goals-specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) and keep tabs on my progress.

-And finally…I will.start.the miracle book.  No more procrastinating; I’ll take steps forward each and every week. And log those steps.

About thewritertracy

Writer, Mom, Lover of books, travel, family, friends and fun.
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3 Responses to Baby Steps

  1. Trish says:

    Go for it girl!! Trish

  2. Good for you! I am right there with you.

  3. Pingback: Why I Listen to that Small Voice Inside | The Writer Tracy

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