Accountability to others, that is. Telling someone important to you what your writing goals are, and asking them to check on you, puts it all out there. It introduces the need to achieve ambition into our lives in a very real way. There are now stakes attached, an incentive to perform.
It somehow feels like you are more 'responsible' to get it done. "I want to" turns into "I have to." So we do it."Accountability breeds response-ability."-- Stephen Covey
Establishing someone to be accountable to can have you responding to ambitions as tasks, not just nebulous future goals.
I found an inspiring accountability post to share, by Scott Dinsmore at Reading for Your Success. Very thought-provoking and provides an easy goal break-down format to follow. One subhead succinctly sums up the whole point of this post: "Share Your Goals and Create Your Reality."
So--deep breath--here are two goals I hope to achieve this year. Feel free to hold me accountable.
Increase writing community involvement
Ambition: Connect more with fellow writers/bloggers for enrichment, enjoyment, advancement and sanity.
- Regularly join blogfests. Like, I dunno, the A to Z Blogging Challenge. :)
- Comment more on blog, forum and group posts
- Connecting in-person by attending at least one writing conference per year.
Accountability Method: Best I can think of for this is you'll be seeing me around more. Less lurking, more communicating. For the conference, I'll post about it on this blog.
Branch out into diverse writing markets
Ambition: To actively search out enjoyable opportunities, being less passive in my career.
- Search out submission guidelines for publications/websites I enjoy.
- Query two a week, building up to 10 per week.
Accountability Method: I'm going to update my progress on this blog, at the middle and end of every month.
So, what writing ambitions do you have for this year? Who do you tell, to stay on track?