It’s December already, can you believe it? Many are taking stock of last year and starting to set their goals for next year. I love this process, but I’m late starting it. I’m late realizing it’s December. Nope, I’m late realizing it’s 2007!
That’s okay, because here’s some great posts to get the ball rolling. (The mind rolling?)
JA Konrath has a fabulous post collecting many writers’ goals for 2008. Inspiring! I particularly liked when Barry Eisler said:
It sounds odd, but focusing too much on the goal once you’ve figured out what it is is counterproductive. Cops involved in a shooting typically report a telling sequence: surprised, they get their weapon out and shoot instinctively, thinking things like "Die!" and "Go down!" Of course, hitting the other guy is one of the key goals in a gunfight (the other being not to get hit yourself). What’s interesting is that, at this stage of the gunfight, the cop can’t seem to hit the target. Then, after a second, the training kicks in. The cop stops thinking "Go down!" and instead reverts to the sequence he learned to concentrate on in training: aggressive stance. Gorilla grip. Front sight on the target. Roll the trigger.
And bam, like magic, the bad guy falls down.
Finally, who recommended the Achieve Planner Planning Software by Effexis? I’m sorry I’ve forgotten who, but great advice! Looks fascinating!
Have you given any thought to your goals lately? Can "need less sleep" be a goal? Is it achievable? I picked up three sleep books yesterday and they said "no." Isn’t that depressing?