I spent all of 2013 working to change my mindset in small, but significant ways. I actually began with my health and fitness. I worked all year on increasing my levels of exercise. I also worked on adjusting my eating habits–though not to the same extent of success as I did my exercise habits as evidenced by the McDonald’s bag currently sitting in my trashy bin. As you’ve seen, I also worked on changing my mindset about my writing.
I think the keys to the success I’ve enjoyed are to define achievable and quantifiable goals. This is probably why I’m having the trouble with the eating habits 😀 There are many systems out there, and you need to find the one which works best for you. The other key aspect is to accept that there is no real end date to these goals. These are lifelong habits I want to cultivate. I want to walk 10,000 steps a day, every day. I want to write 2000 words a day, Monday through Friday, when I’m drafting a manuscript. The more amorphous goals behind those are to “be more fit” and “be more productive with the writing”. See the difference?
Polishing your goals down from a lump of stone into a finely hewn jewel will make it all the more attractive to play with as you work to achieve it. What goals do you have which aren’t diamonds of the first water yet? How can you turn them into your own personal jewels?