Goals and Stretching Out of My Comfort Zone

Like most people, I start out every January with a new set of goals, intentions, or ideas of how I want the year to go. After looking at 2017 and the lack of storytelling, I knew that 2018 was going to be about getting back to the practice of writing. And so far, it has. I've dedicated myself to writing on my blogs, carefully crafted an editorial calendar for my books, and brainstormed ideas of precisely what I want to write this year.

So far so good.

Already, however, I can feel the seeds of doubt creeping in. Already, I can hear the mental excuses starting. Now, I know that this is all an illusion - something we do to ourselves whenever we are facing our next big leap. I can ignore the negative self-talk and resist the siren call of doubt.

But can I do that all year?

Yesterday, I received a great email from one of the millions of newsletters and listservs I'm on. It highlighted Charles Chu, a fellow writer, and his goal of branching into fiction and cultivating a healthy writing practice around this new genre. He called it his "year of 100 hundred rejections." His goal is to write a short story weekly for the entire year. Not only that, he will submit them for publication with a goal of 100+ rejections.

I love this! It reminds me of Shonda Rhimes "year of yes." And it got me thinking, what if it wasn't so much about goals for me this year, but more about a specific target or mantra--like getting 100 rejections, or saying yes to everything that scares you.

So I am pondering and pondering now. What do I want my mantra to be? Most of this year's goals are around cultivating more freedom into my life. The specifics involve writing more words, publishing more books, and living in alignment with my truth. All great things. But what is my mantra, my tagline, the catch-phrase that can get me through the tough times?

Like most of the social media world, I did pick a word/theme for my year - Freedom. Maybe the answer to the mantra question lies in that word.

After mulling it around for a while, I am still unsure. Will I go for 100 rejections (which ensures that I'll write and pushes me toward freedom), or claim a year of yes (which cultivates a similar result)? Or maybe I'll pick something else.

I still don't have a clear answer. What I do know for sure is that I will write more, say yes to scary things, get out of my comfort zone, cultivate more freedom and live from my state of genius.

And maybe it is enough just to know that.

What are your 2018 goals?


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