5 Questions to Launch Your GFS
These final days of December are some of the best for setting goals—or, as I call it, getting your “Goal Fulfillment System” (GFS) up and running. Because, if you’re like me, you’re gearing up to make the coming year your absolute best yet.
If you’ve never heard of it, a Goal Fulfillment System is different from just setting goals. Though it’s great—and important—to come up with targets to aim for throughout the year, there’s that little issue of actually seeing them through.
That’s where a GFS is essential. It takes you one step beyond voicing your goals and gives you actionable steps for following through on them.
So this week, I want to take you through the basic steps of setting up your own GFS. That includes figuring out why you’re setting goals in the first place—meaning, what’s your core motivation? Then, I’ll share a simple way to keep your eyes on the “prize” (your goals) despite any hurdles that come your way (and it starts with one simple word).
On Wednesday, I’ll reveal the secret to true wealth—essential if you plan on boosting your writing income this year. Thursday, we’ll talk about the unlikely person you should reach out to for support. And Friday, I’ll tell you about the single most important emotion you have to embrace to make your writing dreams come true.
All of these steps go into creating an actionable GFS. Follow them, and you’ll be mountains closer to realizing your writing dreams.
So, right off the bat, there’s something you have to do. That is, if you’re serious about making 2014 THE YEAR you blast past the things that may have been holding you back.
It’s not something anyone can do for you. So I suggest you sit down and gift yourself a solid 15 minutes to think about this.
Better yet, make it an hour, or give yourself the full day—it’s that important.
What is it?
It’s figuring out what the writer’s life means to you.
You know, since I became editor of AWAI’s digital magazine, The Barefoot Writer, I’ve had the privilege of talking to hundreds of new writers.
And one thing I’ve come to realize is that having a truly fulfilling writer’s life is about more than the perks of being your own boss and landing lucrative projects. It’s about defining what you really want out of life and tailoring your writing career to get you there.
When I took my fledgling leap as a freelance writer, I just wanted the money and freedom. I didn’t know any better … and it sure sounded like the perfect combo for a happy life.
But I struggled a lot in those early months. It wasn’t till I dug deep to figure out why I wanted money and freedom—and what I’d do with it once I got it—that I started making headway in my writing career.
So, before New Year’s Day hits, ask yourself five questions:
- What is more valuable to you than a six-figure writing career?
- If money or social ties weren’t an issue, where would you want to live?
- Think about the people who mean the most to you. Given the time and resources, how would you show them your gratitude?
- If motivation, money, or time weren’t an issue, how would you take better care of your body?
- What secret goal have you always wanted to pursue?
Give yourself time to come up with sincere answers (and please share them here). Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a much better grasp on what the writer’s life can bring you.
In turn, that’ll fuel your momentum to really make progress toward your writing goals in the coming year.
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