Why Some Goals Fail

Coaching Tips and Guides

Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions for success.

Setting goals is an absolute best first step. But setting goals doesn’t actually guarantee you’ll get anything accomplished. While there is something to be said for “winging it” or “let’s just see what happens” because we are taking the initial steps of action, forward progress won’t continue without a strategy.

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Marching Toward Goal Achievement

Coaching Tips and Guides

This is a reblog from last year. March-ing toward Goal Achievement is not just a play on words–this time of year truly does kick my butt. I suffer low energy levels and my productivity output decreases.

The strategies I outline through the next four weeks have truly helped get me back on track–not just with productivity but creativity also. Maybe you’ll find some helpful gems in this series!

>>> Read Week 1 Here <<<

How do you stay accountable to your writing?

Coaching Tips and Guides

One of the many grumblings I hear among people on social media is that they struggle with self-management = accountability. This includes sticking to goals, organization, time, attention/distraction. As lone wolves, writers are forced to rely on themselves to get the work done, however they planned it. Or didn’t plan it. Many writers set a goal and chug through till it’s accomplished. Set a new goal, chug through that till it’s accomplished. So on and so forth. Some writers do well with this, and they don’t need outside support.

Many writers who spend more time in a writing cave than out and about in the bustling world tend to have less of a handle on productivity and self-management. Speaking for myself, if I could spend all day in my nether worlds with my characters I would, dinner and kid pick-up after school be damned.

But I have real-world obligations that actually force me to step out of my cave and act like a normal person…

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NaNoWriMo — The Finish Line

Coaching Tips and Guides

Today is November 30th and NaNoWriMo ends at 11:59 p.m. Congratulations to everyone who finished. Crazy-loud cheers to everyone who is still writing.

Wherever you may be with your word count, the most important point to take away from this challenge was that you gave it your best shot. No matter if you’re still stuck around 20,000 words — be proud of yourself that you tried.

And keep writing.

One of the biggest reasons that writers stop being writers is because they never finish their stories.

So keep writing.


If you lost your way with NaNoWriMo, I can help! Register for a story assessment! Comment below if you’d like more information.

**Story assessments are available for any manuscript, no matter what shape it’s in, NaNo-originated or not!

Have a writerly day!

Writers, Start Your NaNoWriMo Engines

Coaching Tips and Guides

Starting November 1st writers across the globe will be hunkering down at their laptops, desktops, paper, what-have-you, and crafting a brand-new story for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We get thirty days to write 50,000 words. A writing frenzy that will require loads of caffeine, inspiration, and perseverance.

Ever tried NaNoWriMo but abandoned your story either midway or at the end of the challenge? Then NaNoWriMo Prep is for you! I teach pre-NaNo strategies to help writers prepare for their 50,000-word creation so that they stay on track all thirty days.

I’m offering a NaNoWriMo challenge to any of my members in my Facebook hive #TeamWriter, and you can join too if this sounds like something you want to try.

Read THIS POST to find out how you can get in on the fun!

Have a writerly day!