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How to Achieve Goals, Objectives and Resolutions

Updated on January 15, 2015

The Recurring Question

I get a lot of questions. Questions flood in for the Mailbag series, but I also get random questions in emails and on Facebook. Easily the question asked more than any other goes like this:

“How do you find the time to do everything that you do? You must have forty-eight hours while the rest of us only have twenty-four? Seriously, how do you get it all done and still have time to eat and sleep?”

I’m going to answer that question today, and I’m going to do it in such a way that will leave most of you chomping at the bit, eager to take on your own challenges with renewed vigor. Shall we begin?

This is the time of year (written in January) when we see millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. “I’m going to lose fifty pounds….I’m going to run a mile every day….I’m going to give up smoking” and then in a month or so, those same people will be lamenting on the social media how they have failed miserably and what losers they are.

I don’t like resolutions.

I do like attainable goals.

How do I do it?

Read on!

How committed are you to follow the path?
How committed are you to follow the path? | Source

It Begins with Willingness and Commitment

It’s easy to state willingness when you are miserable, but is that really willingness? True willingness implies commitment. Without commitment, a declaration of willingness is just a bunch of words scattered in the wind.

If you are truly willing then you will do anything necessary to achieve your goal. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When the going gets tough, the weak of heart run and hide. If that seems harsh I’m sorry, but tell me I’m wrong. I was raised by a no-nonsense father. Excuses were not allowed in our household as I was growing up. If I was told once I was told a thousand times…..keep moving forward! No matter the obstacle, my job is to always move forward.

How do I find the time to write thousands of articles, three novels, and interact on social media? I committed to doing so, and I embrace that commitment because I am willing.

Goals Must Be Realistic

I happened to be channel-surfing the other day. It was one of the rare times I watched television because hey, I just don’t have time for the boob tube. While I was surfing I came across Dr. Phil, and he was talking about weight loss. He said something that resonated with me and it should with you as well. He said that people need to be realistic about losing weight. They are never going to weigh what they did in high school, so stop that silliness now. Short of amputating an arm or a leg, it’s just not going to happen. I laughed when I heard that but for most people it is true.

The goal in weight loss, or any goal you set, must be realistic. If you are a writer, and you work a full-time job, it is practically impossible for you to commit to writing four hours each day, but it is very possible to commit to writing an hour each day. One of those goals is doable. The other is a trip to La La Land.

Saying I was going to write a novel was a realistic goal considering my abilities and time
Saying I was going to write a novel was a realistic goal considering my abilities and time | Source

Goals Must Be Quantifiable

“I’m going to lose some weight” is a copout waiting for failure. “I’m going to lose a pound per week” is quantifiable and very realistic.

“I’m going to be a better writer” is about as nebulous as you can get. “I’m going to improve my writing skills by joining a writers’ group” is something that can be measured and achieved.

“I’m going to cut back on my cigarette smoking” means nothing. “I’m going to smoke two less cigarettes per day” is something that will breed success.

We all want to measure out success and pat ourselves on the back for positive achievements, but we can’t do that unless we set a specific goal.

I have the best support system a man could ask for
I have the best support system a man could ask for | Source

Attaining Goals Requires a Support System

There will be some who will argue this point. The diehard individualists out there who don’t think they need others to achieve something will rail against this point, but oh well. We all need positive strokes, and we all need words of encouragement. Believe me, I had to learn this one the hard way. I wanted so badly to state to the world that I needed no one, but I was just whistling in the dark hoping the big bad wolf wouldn’t attack me.

I need people around me who support me and give me uplifting feedback, and if you are human, so do you.

Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, and if you don’t have any, go find some. Many of you know that I am an alcoholic. I have been sober now for eight years, but I would have never seen eight days of sobriety if it weren’t for loved ones who stood by me and held me up until I was strong enough to stand on my own. No matter what your goal is, you need support in achieving it. You need to feel good about your progress. You need the “warms and fuzzies” that come from friends who will praise you for your accomplishments.

VISUALIZATION

I know, this sounds like some New Age b.s., but I swear it works. You need to see, in your mind, what success looks like. You’ve all heard the old adage “mind over matter.” I happen to believe in it.

As a writer, I constantly visualize what success in writing will look like. I can see my bestselling book on the bookstore shelf. I can see myself at hundreds of book-signings. I can see myself on talk shows and giving speeches at writers’ conferences.

Can you see what success looks like for you?

I suggest to all of you that each morning after you get up, you need to set aside five minutes. Spend those minutes visualizing success that day. When the five minutes are up, get out there and make it happen.

Achieving Goals Means Establishing a Plan

How are you going to achieve your plan?

When I became a full-time writer three years ago, I sat down and wrote out a five-year plan. In other words, I envisioned success in five years, and then I worked backwards and determined what I needed to accomplish each year in order to be successful.

I just finished my third year and I’m right on schedule.

My plan is pretty specific. Each week I follow a strict schedule, and every day is broken down into hourly chunks with each hour designated for some specific activity. So I have a daily plan, a weekly plan, a monthly plan, a yearly plan and a five-year plan.

I rarely deviate from those plans.

How committed are you to your goal?

As you can probably tell, I am very committed.

Sit down today and determine how you are going to achieve your goal. Put it down on paper, specific steps, and then tape that schedule/plan somewhere where you will see it daily.

How committed are you to your goal?

And There You Have It

Sounds simple, right?

Well no, no it doesn’t, but too bad, so sad, my bad!

I want you to succeed, but I refuse to sugarcoat it for you. You either want it bad enough or you don’t. Whatever it is you seek….less weight…better lifestyle…more time for writing….giving up a vice…whatever it may be, it’s not going to happen until you get serious about making it happen.

So, to answer the question how I get it all done, the answer is right above this sentence in the article.

Now it’s your turn. Good luck! If I can be of any assistance, give me a shout out.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Nicely done my friend. If we may all comply to this, we will be all for the better. whonu

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, yet again something else we have in common (no shocking me), as I am not really a resolution person, but try to also set goals that are attainable for me as I go along in life. So, very much can relate here. Have a wonderful Thursday now :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, all I know is it works for me. Hopefully this will help someone else. Good to see you...Happy Thursday to you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, anyone who has followed you knows you are a goal setter and a goal attainer....so yes, we do have that in common. Happy Thursday my achieving friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      S.M.A.R.T. goals to the rescue again! I'm setting up some new directions for the New Year and this is oh so relevant. Thank you for being a role model and have a great, productive day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I would suspect you are already a goal setter and a goal achiever, but you are very welcome, and thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the idea of visualization. I think, too often, we don't look at the big picture and it gets missed.

      I'm learning to set a schedule for myself. A couple of days a week I devote to marketing and looking for leads. The rest of the week is about writing. I'm a little slow to get back into writing because so far this month, I've really been concentrating on the marketing end. Now that I've got a momentum going, I can divide the week between the two.

      I commend you for scheduling each hour of your day. I can't do that. Even when I worked for the construction company, I didn't set a timetable for each task. Rather I set daily goals, which I met every day and I was highly productive. So, if I can set and meet daily goals, I'll be back in the groove that I moved with for so many years prior to commuting five steps from bedroom to office rather than 14 miles and 30 minutes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, whatever works for the individual. I love a highly structured day. I'm good at it and have done it for decades. Others, like you, have an alternative that works, and I love that too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it....now GET BUSY!!!!! :)

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      This helps tremendously. Between you and Iris, I keep moving so I do indeed understand surrounding yourself with people who encourage you. I think my writing path is coming together and success can be as scary as failure (if that makes sense). I love reading articles where the author has been there and is honest about their journey. Thanks so much Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Missirupp, if you have Iris in your corner then you are doing fine, and yes, I understand success being scary. It's interesting that you mentioned that. I've felt that for sure. I suspect many more writers have as well. Thank you for a great observation.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I am one who has always asked you, "How do you find the time to do all you do?" Now I know....you are completely committed and have a great schedule. I try to schedule my day, but usually I get interrupted by family or friends!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm working on a hub right now, Bill! :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I think you speak for quite a few writers. I'm lucky in that my interruptions are few. Bev works, the one daughter is at school all day...so there's just me and the chickens. :) Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad I answered your question.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent piece on exactly what I need to work on. I have this little fellow who wakes up and sets his goals to prevent dad from achieving his goals. This to shall pass so I suppose my goal is simply take care of him the best I can and I can set other goals later.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Brilliant, bill! This sounds just like a Smart IEP at school (Individual Education Plan); all the ingredients are there. So coming from a teacher it all makes sense - coming from anyone it all makes sense.

      I like your no-nonsense attitude; it wakes us all up and gives us a good slap around the face.

      Can't find the share button here so I can't hit it, sadly. I'll come back to see if it's there. There are very strange things happening at hubpages during the last few days - glitches galore! I'm really up-tight about it but I can hear you saying 'Get on with it!' so I will!

      Have a great Thursday pm, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are officially in "Shadows Kill." Congratulations! LOL I'm happy to report you live through to the very ending.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I think that's one hell of a goal, and I'm sure you do it well. The rest will come in time as he grows older and starts out on his own...you know, like next year. LOL

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Another article filled with excellent advice. I can always count on you, billybuc, to 'tell it like it is' and in a way that is clear to those of us who need to hear it. BTW, I fully agree with your 'visualization' suggestion. It's worked frequently for me, and for members of my family, in both small and large ways. I just got through going through a list of 10 items I'd written down last year and visualized throughout 2014 and 6 of them have happened already. Not a bad return for a few minutes per day of 'visualizing' the end result ~ while working toward your goal(s).

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I wouldn't dare tell you that. :) I've noticed quite a few glitches too, as though they are on holiday overload and haven't recovered from eating too much. :) I'm sure they'll eventually return to their previous level of inadequacy. Ooh, that was catty of me, wasn't it?

      Have a splendid Thursday, my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, another gem. In addition to establishing an attainable goal, and visualizing getting there, you need discipline. Discipline to stick to a schedule. You obviously have that. And one also needs a good support system, and you certainly have that in Bev. She believes in you and won't do anything to derail your objectives.

      You have given all of us another encouraging nudge today. We can all do more. Thanks and have a great Thursday.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Very sound advice as usual Billy. Many people around me always comment on the fact that I'm very focused, and I found out through the human design workshop that its in my wiring!

      I'm also a project driven person, and do a lot of different things in one day, and that has now influenced my writing, I know it.

      I must confess that lately I have spread myself somewhat thin when it comes to finishing my two novels. Instead I have been enjoying myself creating graphics as a product designer for two websites, instead of getting back to my writing. Your post reminded me of that fact, and for that I say Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I am lucky. I not only have Bev for a support system, but I have all of my great friends at HP. What would I do without all of you? Probably cower in a corner and never write another word. :) Thank you and Happy Thursday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I tend to agree with what you said about it being in your wiring. Some of us are just born with the ability to focus and maintain a high level of accomplishment....for the others, I think these steps can help. They sure can't hurt.

      Thank you! It's always good to hear from you.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm impressed that you wrote down specifics for a five-year plan--and stuck to them! You are much more disciplined than most people, I daresay. I am going to try your approach for a couple of things in my life, outlining what I'm going to do step-by-step to reach my goals. Thanks for this article. It does help.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Truly excellent advice. Visualization is something I know, for a fact, works. I have so many examples of that. It's almost scary. If I see it happening in my mind, it ends up happening in real life. But, as you say, the key is in establishing the goal in the first place. But, Bill, I still think you have an EXTRA 24+ hours in your pocket, because you are the most productive person I know.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great advice Bill. When I was still working, I scheduled everything, now I write or do whatever when the notion strikes. I did set a goal to stop smoking in 2004 and managed to stick with it. Eleven years without a cig. Woopie! Thank's for all you do...

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Catty? No! Just realistic! Ooops, did I just say that?

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Vicki. I'm not sure where that discipline came from. My dad, probably, but I'm guessing part of it is just good old DNA. Good luck with your plans.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! Hush, now, don't tell anyone my secret. I do have an extra 24, but if everyone knows it then I'll have to share how I came about it....and we just can't do that. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think that is a huge accomplishment, and congratulations on your eleven years. Anyone who can do that can do just about anything. :) Thank you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm pretty sure you did, Ann. LOL

      bill

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      This is a great hub about setting goals and becoming successful as a result. I'm voting up and sharing. Now we can all restate our New Year's resolutions as goals.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You keep on saying it, Bill. Every idea here, to me, anyway, is flawless. Nothing comes without commitment and hard work. Keep up the spirit.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Put a concrete plan to a dream; it is a wonderful idea. Many have succeeded that way writing books and in other walks of life. Just never give up. You are a great cheerleader Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the spirit, Catherine. It sounds so much better. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's how I was raised, manatita, and that's how I shall continue. Thanks my friend and blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie. I had some pretty good cheerleaders showing me the way.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I suspect that we have a few things in common. I am a very goal oriented person and I am pretty committed to achieving my goals. They don't happen by sitting on my butt complaining about things. Thanks for another great hub.

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      PsychGeek 2 years ago from UK

      Honest, to the point and inspiring to read. I very much enjoyed this article and it has made me think about my own goals, commitment and challenges. Thank you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I sensed that about you from very early on. Power to us organized guys!!!!!!

      Thanks buddy. Go rest up for your Friday.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      You may have noticed that I have been MIA for a few days(all week).

      I start reading your information and you encourage us to get to work

      and write. So, I get 2/3 the way through reading your articles and I

      get so pumped up that I just close out and go right over to word and

      start writing.

      I'm not pointing any fingers, but if you did not inspire, imbue, influence

      and propel me forward, I might be able to read and then write a decent comment. So, there you have it....all in an oyster, no, all on an oyster cracker. No, I don't like oysters.....shrimp and lobster and jumbo crab legs, yes.

      Why do you ask?

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Look at that vocabulary....inspire..imbue..influence...propel. What the hell are you doing writing on HubPages? With that vocabulary you'll never see a HOTD. LOL

      Glad to have you back. This old man has missed your caustic sense of humor.

      bill

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm a little late getting into the comments today, but I wanted to add my endorsement... 100% today. My wife and used four consecutive five year plans to get from age 50 (with practically nothing, no positive assets, no pension, etc.) to age 70 (with very successful 15 year career as a university professor, near max social security, small but livable pension, some accolades, much satisfaction, a reasonably comfortable retirement life, approaching six years later). Specific measurable goals, five year plans worked and successful, and a small, reliable support group... just as you described. It works. Create it, commit to it, you can do "wonders" - if you but will. Thanks, Bill! You told it, as I have lived it. Neat!! ;-)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some helpful suggestions for attaining goals, Bill. They are especially useful for writers. Congratulations on your success so far in your five-year plan. Good luck with the next two years!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great advice, Bill. It seems very simple advice but hard to follow. Willingness together with some concrete attainable goals should be there and chalk out daily routine to reach those goals. Looks so simple. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi you always share informative hubs and writers can't go wrong in reading your hubs.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Well Said Billy. You have to have realistic goals

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, how fantastic to hear from someone who has actually done this. I don't think there are many out there who can commit to five year plans...not in this frantic society...but I applaud you for doing it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. This is just the way I was raised. I find nothing strange or hard about it, I hope I can convince a few more people to follow my lead and be successful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Venkatachani M, ideas like this always look simpler than they are. I guess it comes down to how badly a person wants that goal. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. That is a very nice of you to say.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Definitely, Clive. I will never be President of the United States...LOL...and that's fine with me.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, it's DJ.

      OK, I'm a little confused. Not being familiar with texting lingo or acronyms used. I had to look up what your comment meant.

      Is H O T D "House Of The Dead" or "Hair Of The Dog"?

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I swear to God, I'm going to break a rib laughing at your comments. Stop it now, for my health....please!!!!!

      Don't you dare!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, it's DJ.

      I'm serious!

      You wrote it up above on your comment to me.

      I don't have a clue what H O T D means.

      Does this mean we're going steady or what?

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, how would I ever know when you are serious? :) HOTD means Hub of the Day, that stupid little award they give daily.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Excellent advice, my friend. And that's how it's done...and that's how you win in the game of life. Voted this up & useful. Kudos, Bill! You did it again. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liza! I'm sure glad you are here more often. I'm a big fan.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      AMEN!!! Also, when I look back on the goals I set and my success rate, I notice that the ones I "failed" at where really the goals I set based on what I thought I should be doing. Success and commitment come when we pursue our own goals. And then, like you said, we must have (find if necessary) support. Awesome post.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cristen, great final point to this article, and thanks for making it. Seeking and striving for someone else's goals is rarely a recipe for success. Thank you my friend, and Go Seahawks! LOL

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Hahaha! Yep, congrats. I Pack let me down. But I will be cheering for the Seahawks in two weeks. They are a great team.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very gracious of you, Cristen. It was a great game, and now we have to beat Brady.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing your advice about making goals and meeting them, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I hope it helped.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      This is inspirational. I'm going to get into goal setting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, if it can help you half as much as it has helped me, then you won't be disappointed. Thank you my friend.

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub, Bill! I am in the process of moving out of my 40 hour a week job and into more and more writing. I am using some visualization but after reading this, it got kicked into high gear! Thanks for the encouraging and very realistic hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MHiggins, best wishes to you. i did that over three years ago...no safety net, no backup...it was scary but one of the best decisions I've made.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is all it takes is a viable plan. But you have to get out there and do it, it won't come to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ain't that the truth, Deb? Thank you....no surprise that you agree with this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Now that I'm working part time I definitely have to set aside time to write, but I also have realized that my goals have changed. I think that is something to always keep in mind too. This is great advice for writers, and other folks too! Have a nice weekend Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it's always nice to see you. I hope all is well in your little corner of the world. Thank you for your thoughts this rainy Saturday.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      This advice is spot on. I have been floundering with my writing. This year, I decided to get focused and set aside time each day to write. And, I am not writing, I am editing or researching. I'm trying to set the smaller attainable goals in order to reach the larger ones.

      By the way, this is timely for me. I finished listening to Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and you reinforce much of what she said about getting into the routine of writing.

      Thanks for the great advice!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      What another great and inspirational hub on goals, Bill. We can use it and apply it to everyday life. If we write a little bit a day, it would go the long way to completing a novel. Voted up for useful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I'm glad you found this helpful. I've found probably the number one obstacle for writers is scheduling time and sticking with the schedule. Best wishes as you move forward and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Kristen. I write on my novels three days a week....another day for customers and one day for articles....I find I'm fresher when I only try for three days on the novels, but whatever works for a writer is the winning technique.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good for you, Billy. You're so prolific, my friend. Three days ain't bad.But how long do you write on those days?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eight hours each day....after that my brain turns to mush, Kristen. :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Wow. That's amazing. Mine turn to mush after two hours for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, I need to ride this as far as it will go. I know I'm aging and it is only a matter of time before the well dries up. :) Thanks and have a terrific weekend.

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