If my real goal is to become a real writer, it’s time to sh*t or get off the pot.
I need to either fully embrace all the activities that will help me achieve my goal or give it up. I’ve gone along with my half-assed plan for years and it’s gotten me nowhere except more in debt with each course or program I purchase.
I don’t know what I’m afraid of but it needs to end now. Actually, I do know what I’m afraid of but that’s a topic for another post.
My goal, dear readers, is to write two days per week and produce 350 words each time. If you’ve read any of my posts in the past, this should be an easy goal to achieve since many of my posts are well over 1,000 words.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine has the right idea so here’s my plan in its simplest form:
1.) Sit on the chair in my office in front of my computer every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. and write until 350 words have escaped my fingers.
2.) Edit what I’ve written on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
3.) Post what I’ve written every Tuesday and Saturday on WordPress, Medium, or on the sites I’ve been asked to write a guest blog.
4.) Brainstorm writing ideas every Saturday for 15 minutes.
5.) Create a post schedule for the following week on Saturday after the brainstorming session.
Gosh, it seems so easy, doesn’t it? Let’s see how long I stick with it. I may not be the Cornhole Queen but I am definitely the Queen of Not Following Through. Simply scrolling through my previous blogs to find the post about not being the Cornhole Queen showed me just how true this is of me.
I’ve decided the consequence for not following through is one of the two following options:
1.) Get a job–something I don’t want to do for many reasons like the inability to travel whenever I like, and dealing with people. Introverted people like me (someone who has become more like a hermit rather than a plain introvert) don’t normally like to put themselves out there. Every time I go to Craig’s List or Indeed, my stomach starts to churn.
2.) Go to the gym five days per week and become the fittest nearly empty nester out there! Honestly, this one doesn’t sound half bad now that it’s written.
3.) Join 5 Meetups because being an introvert in a lonely blue room isn’t doing anyone any good.
I am giving myself to the end of 2018 to reach my goals. As of today, it’s 120 days until the end of the year. Should I not achieve my goals (you will all be my witnesses), I will put the three consequences on separate pieces of paper and have one of my daughters choose from a hat.
Are there any other consequences you can think of that’s appropriate for an introvert like me? I would love to add more to the hat. Keep it clean, though, please 🙂
P.S. If you’re keeping score, this post is 521 words.