Ah, that pie in the sky made of delightful sweet dreams created by the ambitious determined young and those still young-at-heart. My dreams and goals overturned a few years ago and went up in smoke. Guess I should have been wearing blinders so that my eyes would have remained on the goal. What to do now? Can I clean up the derailed train wreck and start anew?
After doing some research about setting and keeping goals, I was reminded of a few pointers I had failed to follow.
1) Create accountability. Now there’s a problem for me. Who to trust with my writing goals? Who will not laugh or criticize my dreams? Who will encourage me and give ideas for new topics or how to make a story better, and help me stay on the schedule I’ve set for myself? It would be nice to have a few writers nearby to meet with once a month to discuss writing projects and encourage each other. A small intimate group of five or six writers would be comfortable.
2) Believe in oneself. Oh, another tripping hazard. Can I really write a novel that others would want to read? Would a publishing house buy the manuscript?
3) Reason for pursuing this goal? Ah, that’s a difficult question for me to answer. My selfish side wants to boost my ego and see a book with my name on it as the author. Part of me wants to do it for the fun and excitement of a new adventure. Part of me wants the novel to help bring tourists to a forgotten ghost town and its surrounding area.
Many things that I have accomplished and experienced in life were the result of my fluttering like a butterfly. When opportunities appeared, I jumped in just for the experience. It’s an exciting way to trip down life’s road but on the other hand, most goals are never met. So then, can this butterfly change into something that flies a straight line and can remain on course to reach a particular destination? Or will my dreams remain as pies in the sky?