“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
My goal to be a published author is coming true. I'm taking baby steps and little by little I'm getting a piece published here and a piece published there. I've spent the last two years immersed in writing websites, reading books about writing and learning the craft. I've followed writers whom I admire, asked tons of questions of those who have come before me and compiled a list of rejections along the way.
I still have quite a lot to accomplish on my goal list, but the point is I have a list. When my kids tell me they can't do something or are not capable of accomplishing a task I say, "baloney." Figure out a way to make it happen. You want to be a better baseball player? Play catch every chance you get. You want to improve your piano skills? Practice, practice, practice.
They are learning that I will never say, "you're right it's too hard. Forget about it." Instead I will say, "the only limitations are those you place on yourself." I get lots of eye-rolling and dirty looks, but eventually they will learn that success is a journey, not a destination. If they can learn to set goals they are that much closer to achieveing them.
I have two more published credits based on my goal list. Check out my article in the Fall/Winter edition of Long Weekends magazine: Perennial Playtime. Also, I had my essay A Boy and His Shovel published on the This I Believe website.
What are your goals?