When you start out doing something, you know what your goal is from the very beginning.
“This is what I want to accomplish” is your mindset.
You work and work, always striving to reach that goal.
There may be setbacks, but you don’t let them stop you or deter you. You remind yourself that reaching that goal will take time. Persevere, as my dad is fond of saying.
Set that bar. Reach for it. Every effort and attempt gets you that much closer to it.
Hit a milestone on the way to that ultimate goal, and ask yourself “How can I improve?” Always strive to do better, because you know you can.
The whole time you’re working towards that goal, part of what keeps you going is looking forward to seeing all that hard work pay off.
And when that goal is finally reached, take time to enjoy it. Besides, chances are you’re going to immediately set another goal and start working towards that one.
My goal in screenwriting is to write a script that will start me on the path of writing them for a living. After a few more tweaks, I think the latest draft of my current script may be the one that does that. This has been a long journey, but I’m a much better writer now compared to when I started out, and it’s all contributed towards reaching that goal.
And working towards these goals doesn’t just apply to creativity.
My goal in running is to do a half-marathon in 1:55. This weekend’s run in Los Angeles yielded a time of 1:57:45, which isn’t bad. I still beat the 2-hour mark, but I know I can eventually hit my goal time. (The hot weather didn’t help. I don’t do well with the sun beating down on me.) In the meantime, I’m continuing to train and am already looking at potential races for next year.
My current goal in the kitchen is to make a pumpkin pie completely from scratch. After years of using the canned stuff, I’ve taken the plunge and bought a sugar pumpkin. (The baklava project has been put on hold until the holidays.)
Everybody has multiple goals they’re working towards. Don’t stop trying.
-Movie of the Moment – ARGO (2012). Absolutely loved it. Great story, great characters, smart script. Highly recommended. I’d be surprised if it didn’t get some Oscar nods. Also can’t help but wonder how Affleck would do directing a film where he wasn’t part of the cast.
Also finished Season 2 of THE WALKING DEAD. Solid all the way through, and ready to jump into Season 3.