Has anyone ever told you that you should set
SMART goals? SMART Goals are - Specific,
Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and
When you set a goal for yourself, such as "Write my first book in 2008", most people will tell you that this is not a SMART goal. You will hear "It takes 18 months to publish a book", and "New authors struggle to sell their first book". Experienced authors may even tell you horror stories such as "My first book was the worst two years of my life".
Do not listen to such nonsense. In April 1994, I knew that I wanted to live my life in the USA. This was not a SMART goal for many reasons, including these reasons. I did not have the money for an airplane ticket to the USA. I had no work visa to find work in the USA. I did not have any sought-after skill that would attract employers to me in the USA. And everyone around me took it upon themselves to point this out to me.
But on January 20, 2001, I landed at JFK Airport with my family and we are now living our dream life in the USA. You can achieve seemingly impossible goals. I do it regularly and share the secrets with my students.
Ignore the naysayers in your life and write your book. The world needs to read it. Don't listen to people who say that it is not an achievable goal. Rather listen to people who have gone before you and published a book.
Many people want to write a book. I wrote "Dodging the Bullet Points" in 2007. Since then, many people have come up to me and said "Wow!. I would also like to write a book - how do I get started?"
To answer all questions, and jump start authors on their first book, I have teamed up with Liz Trendowski and we are holding a Feet to the Fire Bootcamp specifically for Authors on 5/24/2008 in Hartford. Come and join us to write and publish your first book in 2008.
And don't worry - you will reach this goal with our help - even if people around you say it it not a "SMART" goal. At the SMART training institute, we specialize in reaching goals that conventional wisdom label as not "SMART".