Today, Day 145 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was a day to recuperate from yesterday, Day 144, which was one of the busiest days I’ve had since I’ve gone full-throttle with my business. It started with all-day Zumba certification training where I not only achieved Zumba instructor status success, but met some amazing ladies who share my love of dance and Jesus! It was an amazing experience. After dancing all day, I made a mad rush to get to the Dayton Scribes Mini Writing Conference where I sang and presented on setting S.M.A.R.T. writing goals.
Though I’m asthmatic and used a lot of my breath dancing, I opened my presentation by singing a chorus from one of my all time favorite’s, which is included on the CD I recorded to accompany my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. It’s from Nicole Norman’s Legacy.
I want to leave a legacy,
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough?
To make a mark on things
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.
Then I spoke about how we can’t leave a legacy if we don’t use our gifts to bless others. For writers, that means sharing our writing. And whether you’re a writer or not, you probably know that a goal without a plan is just a wish. So, even though you’ve probably heard about S.M.A.R.T. Goals at some point, I hope what I presented will serve as a helpful refresher:
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
Specific: Clearly define your goal in as much detail as possible. Avoid being vague. Think of The 5 Ws – Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
My Example: I (who) will work at my desk (where) and make needed revisions to my manuscript (what) within the week (when) in order to submit to my publisher (what, who) and make my deadline (why).
Measurable: Be able to measure the outcome and how you will track your progress. Use numbers.
My Example: I will follow a revision plan consisting of one revision session per week day for one week until all are complete. 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5 (Could use # of chapters, words, etc.).
Attainable: Make sure your goal is realistic. While it can be good to set stretch goals, it is not good to set yourself up for failure. Set yourself up for success by devising an appropriate writing plan that is reasonable. Also, be sure you have all needed resources.
My Example: I am going to revise half a section in the morning, take a creative health break, then revise the remainder in the afternoon. I’ll need to mark the sections that need revisions beforehand. I’ll also need coffee! ; )
Relevant: Consider whether your goal is worthwhile and enhances your (writing) career. Why are you doing it? Because someone else suggested it or because it’s actually important to you? It should fit into your life and larger (writing) goals.
My Example: I am setting this revisions goal to not only abide by my publisher’s request but to appeal to more readers. I can’t be so married to my writing that it will turn readers away. It will also help me to grow as a writer.
Time-oriented: Your goal should have a specific timeframe, with dates.
My Example: I will have all revisions complete within the week, by Friday, October 6. (Putting a reminder in your phone is helpful).
Writing it down is so critical to success. If you think you don’t need to and aren’t even willing to do the “work” of writing it down, it’s highly improbable that’ll you’ll do the real work to reach your goal…
There were many gifted writers and presenters there, so I was humbled and honored that the information was well received. And the song was a blessing.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who also received a warm welcome from my social media sisterhood regarding becoming an instructor, including the request for a special class, I pray I’m leaving my legacy…And I’m going to practice what I preach and devise S.M.A.R.T. goals around a Pink Collar Zumba Holler party where we can dance the Ds (you know depression, divorce, dysfunctional relationships, diagnosis, etc.) away!
Thank you for celebrating my successes with me! I suspect we’ll have some of yours to celebrate at our party once you set and succeed with your own S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach