Last week, I visited my former business networking group, the Pride Business Network. At that meeting they were re-examining and restating their business goals. I might not be running my organizing business anymore, but writing is definitely a business. Any writer who thinks otherwise is unlikely to get published.
Here is what I came up with:
Part I: Goal Setting Questions
What do I really want? To get my writing published and for it to sell well.
How has my business changed? (better/not better) My new business (writing) makes me happy and I am passionate about it (so yeah, better).
How has my personal life changed? (better/not better) I’m in love, (soon to be) living in a country and city I love, (again, better.)
What’s really important to me? What’s the purpose of doing this? I will pursue happiness even when it’s not easy because I won’t live a life that’s merely comfortable.
What am I prepared to give up making this happen? I’m doing what I love so there are no sacrifices.
What am I prepared to do to make this happen? Steady, constant work with lots and lots of patience.
Part II: Rating Values:
The following values are important to me:
- Orderliness – processes help me stay focused
- Quality of Products and Services – I am a damn good writer
- Reliability/Responsiveness/Timeliness – I deal with everyone in my life kindly and professionally.
- Of less importance are: Maximum Utilization of Resources, and Safety.
- Communications – In all aspects of my life, open communication is paramount.
- Cooperation – I will find a community of writers who will support me and whom I will support.
- Of less importance are: Coordination and Standardization
- Continuous Improvement – I’m a damn good writer, but I can always get better.
- Creativity/Innovation – Again with the damn good writer bit.
- Customer Delight – My writing will resonate with those who read it.
- Integrity/Accountability/Loyalty – This is included in the living professionally thing.
- Respect for the Individual – You can’t get more individualistic than a writing career.
- Service to Community – This is important, but I have yet to figure out how it will manifest in my life.
My values distill down to:
- If I’m not happy, time to do something else. (See The Happiness Project for a definition of happiness).
- I’m a damn good writer.
- I deal with everyone in my life in a kind, professional manner.
Part III: Goal Development
What will I be doing? I will be living my life as a writer, working towards having my novels published.
What will I learn? 1) Spanish and 2) The ins and outs of publishing.
How much time off will I take? Whatever is given to me by school and through whatever pay-the-bills job I find.
What will I do with my time off? Travel with Raúl.
What will I do to help my community? Not sure – still need to figure out what is my community.
What will I do to create optimum health? I will eat well (focusing on getting enough fruits and veggies each day). I will exercise several times a week. And most importantly, I will love myself and the world at large.
By the end of winter 2008 I will:
- be halfway done my second book
- have at least one short story published
- be totally settled into my life with Raúl in San Sebastian
- continue my literary agent and publisher quest for my first book.
What about the rest of you? What’s up for you in the next six months?