Ok so I have this sticker on the back of my van…Yes I have a van, I have 4 kids after all. A sleek, 2003 Chevy Venture, called the Silver Bullet. The best thing is it’s completely paid for and still running strong. My wife made me a sticker for the back that says “WRITER with a day job”.
As soon as it was up, I set a mental goal of one day being able to mark through the “with a day job” part. For a good reason that is. I’d love to one day be a full time writer, earning my keep just with my stories. It may sound silly, but marking through that bottom line is my big, large scale goal.
Now I know the philosophy of setting little goals to achieve big goals. I try to set little goals each day. I like setting a goal of achieving 500 words on my lunch break. Or editing a whole chapter in a weekend.
I set intermediate goals too, like next month trying to tackle a new book. I have my full time job, a part time job, a wife and kids, bills and taxes. This year we also had the worst flood in over sixty years in our neck of the woods. I have my share of stressors and excuses, and some days I pull up in my driveway, get out of my van and as I’m going in I see that sticker and it feels like it might as well be a million miles away.
Sometimes I feel like I might write in these tucked away snippets of time that I get and it will never amount to enough to one day cross through that bottom line. But God always has a way of bringing me back around and letting me know that the little goals help me tackle the medium goals and the medium goals will one day complete the big goal.
So here’s to my little goals and your little goals, may you one day look your big goal in the eye and know that you have it won. May God help us keep focus on what we are to achieve with every little thing before us. Write on!