Dragoncon my destination


One of the things you learn about participating in National Novel Writing Month is whether having a deadline and a ridiculous goal works for you.  It apparently works for me in the right situations.  Of course, there is more to achievement than setting a goal and a deadline.  Every year people make resolutions on January first, many ones that are vague or unrealistic, like “this year I will be thin” or “this year I will become a rock star”.

Setting goals is all about specifics.  Measurable things, like writing 50,000 words.  With a timeline, like 30 days.  That’s why Nanowrimo works for so many people. It is a marathon effort with a beginning and an end.

So I have made myself a deadline of Dragoncon, which is labor day weekend.  That’s step one. The next step is- what do I want to focus on achieving? There is so much going onin my life- my kids and husband, my career, my writing aspirations, my health and my security.  Having Dragoncon be the deadline helps me use it as a theme- Dragoncon is a four day event of absolute geeky wonder and silliness, full of costumes, friends, celebrities and a sharing of the books, movies and shows we love.

Here’s what I have set:

  1. Earn $1,000 in writing money to pay for the trip.  (The most I have ever earned for writing in one year is $70)
  2. Fit into the waist cinch I bought for myself at the 2011 Dragoncon  (This means losing some belly fat)
  3. The ability to relax and not worry on the trip (this means having a happy, healthy family and a functional team at work)  Yes, this one is a bit vague and I need to clarify it.

Setting goals is not a “fix it and forget it” thing.  You set the goals and then set minigoals, actions, and smaller deadlines.  You evaluate your progress and make adjustments.  I have other goals for work and for friends (there’s a wedding this year in June that will have goals attached to it!).

Tell me about your goals!  Sharing goals is a good way to make yourself accountable.



2 Replies to “Dragoncon my destination”

  1. I love this!!
    Currently my goal is to raise $2500 for the wedding. I would never have started teaching various classes and getting the job at Siena if it weren’t for that! This has been really life changing because now I can actually earn extra money for things like 40th birthday parties! 🙂

  2. you’ve got me really thinking about this… i think you’ve inspired me to do a blog post of my own. I adore your plans and goals but i want to hear more! particularly about earning he $1000 as a writer! tell me more! what are plans of action!?

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