It's the last day of National Novel Writing Month. I wrote almost everyday on my novel and finished 10,067 words. I connected with writing buddies I hadn't seen in years. Very fun and motivating. The NaNoWriMo goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I was always intimidated by such a lofty goal even though I know stretching to reach a goal, whether I meet it or not, stretches my muscles and takes me farther than I would otherwise go.
November 21, 2010, I set a goal to walk and blog everyday for a year whether I wanted to or not. I wrote about how I could have come up with many excuses to not walk, but I made a commitment. I knew my daily discipline of writing would help me build the skills I need to meet my daily, yearly, and five-year goals.
I set a goal to write two books and publish five in the next year. This seems optimistic since I had yet to finish one of the three books I was been working on. The purpose of a goal is to stretch. It’s like doing exercises. If you never stretch your muscles and reach higher than you think you can, you will never build any strength. Julius Irving, the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history said:
“Being professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”
I set a goal to write a book and blog because I finally had the freedom to do what I really wanted to do. Then I found out I didn’t always love to do what I wanted to do. I love writing ideas and scenes when I feel inspired. Writing everyday whether I feel like I have something to write, doing editing, and rewriting are work. So it takes a lot of stretching and building writing muscle to reach my goals.
By stretching my goal in 2010, I wrote and published, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success: Your life, Your work, Your Style, and Vegetable Kids in the Garden: Healthy eating, healthy relationships. I am now stretching again to make a goal to finish my novel by this time next year. I wrote it now let's see if I can do it.
Blessings for Health and Prosperity,
Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Creative LifeWork Design
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