You must set goals and make plans if you’re going to get where you want to be. I know it sounds like work. I know you’d rather leave your schedule open. Some days you don’t feel like doing whatever it is you need to do in order to hit that ultimate goal. But you have to, because you probably won’t make it if you don’t.
In Jan of 2012 I decided to start tracking my workouts in more detail, mainly because I got serious about hitting my grip strength goal. I made the sheet public. I have no idea how many people have actually seen it, but it doesn’t matter. I know it’s out there for the whole world to see, so I maintain it with sincerity.
Last week I added my writing output to the spreadsheet and changed the name of the sheet to My Productivity Log. If you want to see how I’m doing, check it out here. There’s a link on the right hand side of this page — yeah, right there, filed under MY OTHER PROJECTS.
In order to hit my other goal — paying the bills by writing — I decided that I needed to write at least 1,000 words per day, 7 days a week. Not 6 and not 5, but 7 days a week, every single day. Sure, I could have taken a couple of days off. But dedicated people from all walks of life often work every day, don’t they? Do hard charging entrepreneurs, doctors in residency, detectives trying to catch killers, and parents struggling with two jobs trying to put food on the table take days off?
Decide what it is that you want to do, achieve, or become. Figure out what you have to do to get there. Find a way to track it, and do so in public. It changes the game.
Take the microphone and step out on stage. Tell the world that you’re on your way to the top.