I’ve been consistent about setting goals and writing them down for the past three years, maybe a little longer. But there’s one thing I never did.
I never shared them.
Because I was hanging on to limiting beliefs. Afraid that people would laugh at me. Mock me. Tell me I’m crazy.
But at some point, you have to stop running from yourself. I had to stop running from myself.
If there’s one thing I took away from Gary John Bishop’s Unfu*k Yourself, it’s this: “I am not my thoughts; I am what I do.”
There are, for me, two parts to “I am what I do.” One, I am a writer. That is what I do. No other job in this world will give me the high or a stronger sense of purpose and self. Second, showing up every day to write, and to share it with the world is also what I do. If I don’t do any of those things, if I don’t take action, then there’s no possible way I can achieve my dreams.
Getting Out of My Comfort Zone
And the reason I’m sharing this goal with you today is because of Joe De Sena’s 14-Day Accountability Challenge that I’m working through as part of the Mental Toughness course by Foundr. Now everybody knows. There’s no shrugging away from it. No backing down. This is what I’m committing to:
“To tell engaging stories that explore the intricacies of human relationships—challenging the assumptions we have of each other and ourselves—that captivate millions of readers around the world.”
This is my overarching career life goal. And to achieve that, a sub-goal is to quadruple my books sales in 2021 over 2020. That’s a big deal for me. In concrete numbers, that means I’m aiming for roughly $15,000 in book sales. I’m already panicking. In so many ways, I’m at the beginning of this journey. Am I crazy? Eleanor Roosevelt would tell you, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
I’m literally shaking as I press the ‘Publish’ button. But I’m not going to move forward if I don’t step out of my comfort zone.