Have you ever set a goal so big, it’s scary? Without a strategy and a whole lot of faith, it can be extremely overwhelming. Creatives can also get thrown off track easily. So, I joined a Mastermind group to hold me accountable. This is a group of 20 high-powered women with big goals and the desire to see everyone succeed.
The idea was to pick one big goal that you can do in 10 weeks. Well, since I’m used to juggling a lot of plates, it was really difficult to pick just one thing. I went back and forth with different ideas. Time began running out and I knew I had no choice. I had to uphold my end of the bargain and write my first book. When I wrote my outline, I thought the rest would be easy. Man, was I wrong.
It’s important to not only set a goal but to ask yourself a few questions:
– Why is this goal important to you?
– What will this goal bring you or help you achieve?
– What do you need to achieve it?
Then, set a timeline. If you break down the steps needed to reach the goal, it’s much more manageable and less overwhelming. Having a coach or accountability partner helps to make sure that you reach your goal and don’t just blow it off.
The devil’s in the details
Don’t get hung up on all the details and steps. This will make you want to hyperventilate and run and hide! I had to walk away from the book writing process a couple of times. I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to include and second-guessed myself often.
So, here’s the #1 tip for any big, honkin’ goal: Just start! Set the wheels in motion, set your intention, and then finish the thing! Keeping it inside doesn’t help anyone, including you! It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will never be perfect, so get over it!
Despite several snafus and meltdowns, I pushed the book out there. It was like giving birth and almost as painful! I released it on Kindle last Thursday and then I discovered some typos. I had to let it go. That’s what second editions are for, I reasoned. My goal was to hit bestseller status in at least one of my categories. It finished out at #1 and #7 in two different categories, so mission accomplished. I hope it helps fellow creatives.
So, what’s your big, honkin’ goal? Leave a comment below.
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She is a speaker, coach, and drum healer who helps creatives get unstuck and move their talent or their business onto the next stage. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller, Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. To contact Dori for speaking, coaching, drum therapy, or drumming events, contact her here.