Yes, today is my birthday! I'm officially 24 years young but I still feel 23. Now that I'm a year older, I have five goals that I'm aiming for by the end of the year. I have a little over six months to get them done. Now I could type these goals down, but I'm a tad superstitious so I'll keep them to myself, but this blog isn't really about the goals but more so progression. This blog is about progression.
What do you want to do? Not just go to work, watch television, go to Twitter, sleep, and repeat. I mean what do you want to do in life? What do you aspire to? Example: Me. If you've stuck around long enough you know I'm in the process of self-publishing MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD. I came up with the idea to write about my experiences in late 2013. By March 2014, I was putting pen to paper. Fast forward today, I'm at the last nitty-gritty stages of publishing. Currently, I just found an editor that I'm going to contact to polish my already self-edited manuscript. To me it's perfect, to an editor or future readers it may not be so and that's why I'm going the extra mile to make sure that this last version is the only version. I don't want to publish MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD volume 15 because I was either too cheap or too lazy to get a professional editor. You see what I did there? I thought about what I wanted to do and then I . . .
planned it. I thought about what I wanted to do and I put my mind to it to make my goal a reality. I'm a planner by heart. I already have my future planned out, what type of husband I'll have, how many kids I'll have, and their personalities. I've always been this way. Call me a control freak or call me excessive but what you can't call me is ill-prepared. You have to have a list and agenda for the goals you want to accomplish. I hear and read all the time people saying or using #(fill in the blank) goals. But life and the desire to make your goals a reality takes a lot more than 140 characters. You have to have the passion and motivation to go out there and make it happen or else you'll be stuck in limbo, almost but not quite there. You see what I did there? I planned about what I wanted to do and then I . . .
applied my plans. Now just because you write something down or have made specific strategies doesn't mean it'll always go your way, a matter a fact, there's a good chance it may not go your way and you might have to go back to the drawing board and re-plan and re-apply. Readjusting is a hell of a lot more progressive than solely thinking and planning yet not moving. People respect what you do not what you say, hence the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." People will say anything at the moment that'll benefit them but what really matters is what they did. You see what I did there? I applied what I wanted to do and then I . . .
tested it. If you're anything like me, you hate tests, luckily for you I'm not talking about MCAS or any type of standardize test. What I'm talking about is taking what you 1.) Think and 2.) Plan and 3.) Apply and 4.) Test it. Go out there and test what you have thought of. Make sure what you have invest time and energy into can actually manifest into something, let's say a profit. Make sure that you've planned was in the right direction that it actually makes sense. Not some mumbo jumbo fantasy, nonsensical reasoning that sounds great in your head. Apply your thoughts and planning to a subject. Make sure whoever you're bouncing your idea(s) off of is worth you even telling them what you're doing. Have a positive supporting environment because you have no idea how draining and doubtful it is to be around someone for a short period of time that bursts every goal you have, not because it's unrealistic or dangerous, but because they live in Society's Confines and they want you to suffer just as much as they do living in mediocrity. If this is what you're surrounded by, move in silence but move. Aim to make your grand release a success and how will you know if what you have is a successful product if you haven't tested it? Keyword: samples. You see what I did there? I tested what I wanted to do and then I . . .
completed it. This is the stage I aspire to be in. In a few weeks to a few months I'll be there. This is the most rewarding stage but you only get this satisfaction once. Again, that's why I wanted an editor because MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD as it is now is excellent to me but is it bestsellers list, number one spot for several weeks excellent? I don't know but do I want it to be? Hell yes! And how will I do that? By following steps 1 through 4 in hopes to get to completion. There's no need to rush perfection, of course, have a deadline and a time limit, but don't force anything whether it's your goals, relationships, finances whatever. If it's not sincerely ready work to make it a masterpiece. You can always delay, but you can't do a do-over.
Be Entertained. Be Enlightened. Be Loved. ✌