Sometimes our biggest life goals seem so overwhelming


Sometimes our biggest life goals seem so overwhelming. We rarely see them as a series of small, achievable tasks. But in reality, breaking down a large goal into smaller tasks—and accomplishing them one at a time—is exactly how any big goal gets achieved.

Jack Canfield

This is how I wrote my first book, Sitting with God.

I wrote the book on Saturday mornings from 6 am to 10 am at the local Starbucks.

I did not want to take time away from the family.

They were busy sleeping while I wrote.

Anywhere from 500 to 1500 words were typed at each sit.

After the first draft was written, I began the edit process.

I went chapter by chapter and edited the book.

This included making sure my endnotes were completed.

The chapter titles were reviewed.

Quotes at the beginning of each chapter were chosen.

Questions for reflection were composed for the end of each chapter.

My introduction and acknowledgements were completed.

Other author friends reviewed my manuscript and made suggestions.

I must have reviewed and edited my manuscript at least 50 or more times.

When it was where I thought it needed to be, I sent it to the publisher.

I managed this writing process by breaking it down into small achievable tasks:

Write

Edit

Endnote

Ask other authors to review

Edit

Send to publisher

Writing is a long term marathon!

Just keep at it.

I am following the same process on my second book:)

(In another post I will share the marketing process both pre and post publication.)

What are your goals? Do they seem overwhelming? Break them down into small steps and actions. Then begin! Just keep moving forward. Often the how presents itself when you decide to take action.

I hope this helped you.

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