Goal Setting for Writers, Part 2: Mission (Your Why)

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.

Do you have a hard time achieving your writing goals?

Are you tired of spending more time dreaming about achieving your writing dreams? Of dreaming about your writing career? Or are you tired of spending more time setting goals but not achieving them? It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Ready to set goals and create a detailed action plan so you know exactly what to work on to achieve your writing dreams?

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.

In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.

Before we dive into the goodies, let’s check out the overview of the 4-step goal setting formula.

 
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An Overview of the 4-Step Goal Setting Formula

This 4-step goal setting formula is really simple and easy to remember. It contains:

  1. Vision (a 3- and a 1-year vision)

  2. Mission (your why)

  3. A clearly formulated goal (a SMART goal)

  4. A plan of action

Now, let’s dive right into this week’s topic, your Mission.

Mission (Your Why)

This is such an important part of this whole 4-step goal setting formula and one that is most often overlooked.

While your Vision (which I wrote about in last week’s post) is basically where you want to go, your Mission is all about the underlying reason you want to achieve your vision, the motivational why behind it all. Without a strong why you’ll probably never achieve your visions or come anywhere close to achieving them.

If you’ve ever heard of Simon Sinek (watched his TED talk or read his book Start with Why) then you know how important your why is.

If you want to, for example, publish your first novel in 1 year, you need a strong why to get you through the hard times.

If your why is to get rich on that book, you may not get very far (and the realistic chance of that is very small).

However, if your why is to create another stream of income on the side, to build your legacy, to prove to yourself that you can actually write a book which has been your biggest dream for years, then you’ll probably get through the hard times too.

The stronger your why is, the greater chance you have at achieving your vision.

Grab a notebook (or do it on your computer) and write down why your 3- and 1-year visions are important to you. Why do you want to achieve them?

If you’re having some trouble figuring out your why or finding a deeper meaning behind it all, ask “Why?” at least four times.

For example: My 1-year vision is to publish my first novel.

Why is that important to me?

Because I love to write.

Why?

Because it’s the medium I’m most comfortable with.

Why?

Because it allows me some time to think about how to express myself.

Why?

Because I have a lot to say but I don’t feel that the people around me listen. Writing helps me find my voice and is, therefore, a therapeutic experience that I need.

The last answer is a lot more motivating than “Because I love to write”, right?

It’s important to get to the heart of why you’re doing it all, so I highly recommend that you spend some time really going through this exercise.

There you have the second step in the 4-step goal setting formula. I hope you found this useful.

 
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In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.
In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.

Do you want to learn more about, and dig deeper into, goal setting?

Check out the Goal Setting Workshop for Writers and learn how to set intentional, effective, and exciting goals to achieve your writing dreams.