Happy New Year, friends. Jill here. Today I’m thrilled to welcome my friend and author, Tina Radcliffe. Throughout my writing journey, Tina has been a source of encouragement for me, as well as giving me that swift kick in my backside, if needed. As we enter into a new year, she’s here to share some words about accomplishing goals and achieving our dreams.
Setting a Course for the New Year.
By Tina Radcliffe
At the end of the writer year, I begin to contemplate the year ahead. I believe the writer year ends in late fall at the end of contest and conference season. Somewhere between October and January, I begin the process.
The first step is to consider “My One Word.”
I’ve been choosing my one word for over five years. It is what keeps me God-centric instead of me-centric. It provides the anchor for my year. It also prepares me to receive from God. This journey isn’t just about taking, it’s about receiving.
If you aren’t familiar with “My One Word,” do check out the web page here.
My second step is to write down what I hope to accomplish in the new writing year. I type up my list and make it as expansive as I want. These are dreams, not goals. These are my dream destinations for my year.
What is a dream? A dream is without measurable steps and usually requires the assistance of others to complete. It’s not a goal because it does not include a course guide for accomplishing these dreams.
What’s the point you may ask? It creates an excitement inside me that I have choices and God given dreams. God put those dreams in our heart so don’t give up on them. Pray over them daily, and they will be tweaked by Him.
I keep this list with my devotions and pray over the list each day. Of course, it gets tweaked and refined during the year as God directs.
I write mine down as a letter to myself. So for this year it will say, “What I accomplished in 2017.” I’ll review it next year. I’ve been doing this for five years and save each year’s list to reflect upon as I head into the new writing year. It’s not just amazing, but stunning to see how many dreams, morphed into goals and then were accomplished. I love crossing them out as DONE!
The third step is goals. Write down measurable goals for as many of your dreams as you can, on an editorial calendar. Writing down that you will finish your book in 2017 is not a goal. It is a dream. A goal is would be determining how many pages you need to write each day or week to finish the book by June 22nd.
Our goals should be evaluated every quarter. Fine-tuned and adjusted. God will move some of our dreams to our goal list during the year.
Finally, once you set sail, the most important thing is to keep going.
Life happens and it should not stop you cold. Sure it can slow you down and cause detours, but you can still find a route around those detours. When you are overwhelmed the first thing you must do is STOP.
Stop and evaluate. In the big picture, the secret to achieving your goals is to focus on what you can do, instead of what you cannot do; to stop looking at how far you have to go, but instead look at how far you have come.
There will be dozens of things you can’t do, but there is at least one thing you can do. Do that one thing. Then do the next one thing.
You are a ship set on a course. As captain of that ship, it is your job to arrive at your destination despite the weather, and obstacles. How you do that, with grace and your eyes on Him, is not only important for you, but it sets the bar for those around you. It becomes your witness.
What’s your sail plan for the new writer year?
I have two giveaways for two random commenters. A journal to start your journey into the new year, US or Canada entries only. Available to all commenters, a chance to win a copy of my newest release from Harlequin/Harper Collins, Love Inspired, Rocky Mountain Cowboy, your choice of print or e-book.
**Comment before midnight Friday, January 20th for a chance to win. The winner will be announced Sunday, January 22nd in the IR Sunday Edition.
Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe
Now available on Amazon.
The last person cowboy Joe Gallagher thought he’d see on his ranch was high school sweetheart Rebecca Anshaw Simpson. Twelve years after she married another man, she’s back as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot.
There’s much the single mom would rather forget, but Becca won’t let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. She has only a few weeks to make peace with her past. But Becca never expected she’d fall all over again for her first love.
Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Find her at www.tinaradcliffe.com where you can sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss her fun giveaways and sneak peeks at what her course for the New Year is!