Year-End Review, 2016: Dreaming Big

Year-End Review, 2016: Dreaming Big

The New Year for A New You series by Lisa Jacobs continues with another set of prompts. I love how each day builds on the last. As I’ve been doing this (and her Your Best Year 2017 workbook) I can see everything coming together into a plan that could actually work.

I say could because as I’ve mentioned in this series I can get in my own way sometimes. I also don’t expect to nail everything I set out for myself 100%. Sure, that would be great. But life happens and adapting my goals around things I can’t control will be key to keeping me on track and not ending up in the mud.

Here are my answers for today:

  • What would you do in 2017 if you knew you could not fail?
    • Yikes. This has the potential to be a long list if failure isn’t an option! 😀 Don’t worry I’ll keep it semi-short for this post and focus on my writing:
      • Self-publish at least one book
      • Get an agent
      • Write a short-ish memoir about my illness and what it did to me (both the good and the bad) so others know the risks and can learn from my experience
      • Be a full-time writer
      • Write at least one best seller (Eeeeek, I can’t believe I said that! The prospect is exciting and terrifying!)
  • What are some things you could be doing that you’ve been too afraid to try? How can you stretch your comfort zone?
    • Remember that getting an agent thing? Yeah, that’s got me terrified. I need to buck up the courage and submit but fear has held me back. Rejection hurts but I need to get over it. I can stand before the appellate court and argue my cases (and be successful at it), taking their questions and lobbing back answers and counter-arguments, why am I so scared of someone saying no?
    • The memoir–I try to write a page or two here and there but I’m scared to dive into it fully. It brings up a lot of memories but I know that getting them on the page, even if it never gets published will be good for me. But letting go is scary.
    • For both of the above I need to kick fear to the curb and start out slowly. If I can start researching agents, making a list I want to submit to, writing a page a day, and then moving forward with new steps as I get the prior ones completed, maybe it won’t be so scary!
  • What have you been struggling with for entirely too long?
    • Being healthy
    • My inner critic
    • Letting go and moving forward
    • Fear of failure
  • What could you outsource, delegate, automate, and/or stop doing in 2017?
    • I will stop getting distracted by social media. This might mean seeing a bit less of me on my favorite platform, twitter, but I’m hoping to get more engaged with my Facebook page and eventually, instagram. I think those platforms will better serve me as an author and in engaging with my fave authors (and readers, in general!). I will still be on twitter, I just won’t stare it for hours at a time telling myself I’m being productive (I’m not!).
    • I want to have a consistent blogging schedule. I did really well with this the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 but then I got a new domain as part of branding and marketing. But I still love to blog. So, I have a schedule and blog posts and ideas all lined up for the next few months that won’t burn me out (which is what happened before)
    • Stop procrastinating: easier said than done, I know, but I will fight this monster and kick its ass!
    • I don’t have anything to outsource or delegate. I don’t leave that exciting or successful a life. 🙂 I can pretty much handle things. I do know I can enlist my sister’s help though if things get outta control. (Here I go again with big dreams of winning the lottery!)
    • The only thing I might automate is my finances: while I’m an analog girl, I’d like to have a quickbooks type thing for my various lines of work (the day job, the appellate work I still do, and book stuff), and keep expenses and income all neatly categorized for tax time in 2018.
  • In what ways and which areas will you “upgrade” your life?
    • I’m going to upgrade my confidence, my writing, and my health.
    • I’m going to take that vacation in the fall which is in and of itself an upgrade since I rarely take vacations.
    • I’m going to upgrade my car, eventually, to something with less than 127k miles. 🙂
    • Getting out of debt will also be an upgrade which I’ll be shooting for.

That’s a whole heck of a lot of stuff I want to do. But writing these down and thinking things through is really helping me see where I want to go in my life and what I want to accomplish. Some don’t have to do this–they can just think “I’m going to write a best-seller” and sit down, put the work in, and get through the speed bumps. For me it’s not like that–I need to plan, anticipate and know where I’m heading. It’s why I always print out map directions and  use gps on my phone when I’m going somewhere I’m not familiar with. I need the back-up to know I can get to where I’m going, just in case. 

Have you done a year-end review or set up your goals for 2017? Let me know how your review/goal setting went and what you’re looking to accomplish this year!

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