It's just about the end of the year. Ready for your final tip?
I don't do New Year's Resolutions. They're for amateurs, and they're a waste of time. What I do instead is I make goals.
Goals are better than resolutions because you can sit down and make a plan, and then you can implement that plan in order to achieve your goal, whatever it is.
If your goal is to get your book into Diamond Comics Distributors, what is necessary in order to accomplish that goal?
If your goal is to just see your comic created, what do you need to do in order to accomplish that?
If your goal is to get better at whatever it is that you do, how do you go about doing that?
Don't forget that goals need to be not only attainable, but actionable and measurable over time.
The best goals have a timeframe. Timeframes (another word for “deadline”) are good because it acts as a motivator. Watch any of the current fitness routine infomercials, such as Body Beast or P90X (both of which I own). They're promising transformations in 90 days. They're saying “look what you can achieve in 90 days if you follow this program to the letter!” And what do they show you? Bodies that have undergone transformation: overweight bodies to a more shapely figure...but the most drastic changes aren't happening in those 90 days. They're happening in multiple rounds of those 90 days. Some of them are happening over the course of a year or more.
The secret, though, is the timeframe. The goal isn't “do these exercises and lift these weights for the rest of your life!” That's daunting and the timeframe can seem defeating. Instead, it's promising to do a change in 90 days. That's much more manageable.
Make your timeframe for your goal manageable. Make your goal challenging, but attainable. Then do the work to get there.
There are all kinds of goals you can make for this coming year. You can even have multiple goals. What do you think yours should be?