Last week, we talked about putting your dream on your wall. This week, we’re going to delve just a little deeper.
What is your big dream?
Any big dream has three parts:
You’re Super Goal + Your Ultimate Why + How Your Life Will Be Different
HOW DO I DEFINE MY SUPER GOAL?
Well, first, this goal is what you want to accomplish by the end of a year or five years. I try to keep my reachable super goal, my first one, at a year. That’s the carrot I want to dangle at the very end that I’ll be reaching for, growing, learning, running, chasing, becoming.
Here are a few examples:
Write eight books
Publishing an entire series in quick release
Writing every day
Finding time to edit your ms well
Make enough to hire a PA
Creating more energy pennies to spend later
Spend more time with family
Make this is a full-time career
You need to understand what your super goal even is because this is going to be your driving force. This is what’s going to push you through the pain of doing more, going the extra mile, stepping out of your comfort zone, and it’s going to challenge you to stop resting on your I can’t’s and create a few I can’s.
HOW DO WE GET MOTIVATED?
The thing to understand is that creating a new habit expends energy pennies. Energy pennies is something that Becca Syme mentions in her book, Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? And it’s brilliant. It’s perfect. It’s right on penny.
We spend the energy pennies to pave the road to the habit. But once that road is paved, you’re no longer spending the pennies, or you’re spending a lot less of them. That’s another great reason to make these habits. They take fewer resources.
Chances are, however, that isn’t going to make you want to charge forward with your super goal. So, what’s going to motivate you to invest this hard work in yourself?
Understand your why.
As you’re trying to find your super why, just keep asking yourself “why” until you come to the answer that just sinks in and makes you sit back in your chair like a weight has been lifted off.
What's my super why? I want to help other people face demons that are too big for them or that conquered them. I want to help my readers face heavy issues they’ve labeled as too big to care about and show them what they can do to conquer their life demons.
That’s my big why to write. And once I discovered that, I found my brand, I found my focus, and I get in that chair every day—or most every day—and I write!
So, let’s try it. What’s your biggest super goal?
Okay. That’s great. Now, why do you want to do this?
Excellent, but why?
Keep asking yourself until you feel like you’ve come to the answer that’s going to keep you motivated through the hard path we have ahead of us.
Now, ask yourself How is my life going to be different once I achieve this?
This is what you’re going to keep in focus as we pave this path. Personally, I’m going to be able to take a day off. I’m really looking forward to that change. How will your life change?
Now, put that on your wall where you can see it every day.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Time Management for Writers by Sandra Gerth
Dear Author, Are You In Burnout? By Becca Syme