I was recently in a discussion about desires and goals. The question was asked: Are desires and goals one in the same? I don’t think they are. I desired to be a published author. I dreamed of it, wished for it, worked for it. That desire was out there just at the tip of my fingers. In order to capture my desire, I had to actively move toward it. Create a plan. That’s where my goals came in. Goals are what I used to reach my desire. I set a word count for each day, or a page count. I planned to have the book done in X number of weeks so my critique partners could review it. My book contract states I have to have my manuscript in on a certain day.
My publisher provides me with that goal. If I want to continue working for them, I must meet that deadline. Goals in other parts of my life affect the desires in another. I have to meet my other life goals in order to have time to meet my writing goals and ultimately my desires. The demands of family, house, job and life all push for their own place in my day. I have a carton picture of a large woman running. Ahead of her on the end of a stick is a bikini. This little carton shows both desire and goal. Her desire is to be small enough to wear the bikini and her goal is to run enough that she earns it.
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