Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Rules of Freelancing #5: Set Goals

If you want to stick to something there's no better way to do it than writing down a concrete list of goals. It is also a good idea to share these goals with someone you trust, such as a family member, friend or professional colleague that understands what you need to do to meet those goals. You will also want to have clear steps in order to meet that goal. If you want to be a New York Times bestselling author, that's a great goal. But in order to get there, you will need to first set a goal of finishing the first draft of your manuscript. Work your way up to the next step and eventually, you may get there.

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Goals? Sure, I have them. I may have even written them down once, twice or 150 times. I've also shared my goals with people—mostly the wrong people. Most of my sharing has been met with ignorance, skepticism and the people who mean well when they try to suggest something else entirely than the plan I'm on. Still, no one is going to get in the way of my goals, because I don't let just anyone stop me from what I want to do—only myself, and she's enough of a bitch to deal with anyway.

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