There's something very scary about publicly announcing one's goals. At least it is to me. I'm referring to the accountability factor that comes with letting others know just what you're hoping to accomplish.
I always have numerous goals set out for myself. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people whose success level is becoming more and more dismal with each passing year. It's not that I don't set out to make it happen, it's that life has a way of interrupting. That, and sometimes perfectionism, as well. I need to learn that sometimes doing something well, but not perfectly, is better than not doing it at all. (I need to remember this especially for my gardening.)
Don't worry, I have no intention of listing my numerous goals here, but I do want to share my high-priority writing goal because it has to do with what I post about tomorrow. My summer writing goal is to have my final, final revision of my very first story, A New Beginning, completed for the ACFW National Writer's Conference that I'm hoping to attend in September. If I can polish this baby of mine until it's the miracle that every child is, then I'll feel as though I'm finally free to delve deep into editing and revising of my other two stories. Reading and Writing are the pillars of learning the craft of fiction writing, and I'm ready to move on, so I need to finish this final run-through of edits and concentrate on my other stories. I know that my writing will never be perfect, as I'm continually learning, so I have to be satisfied with doing my best now and then let it go and expend the bulk of my energy on the next project waiting for my attention.
So there you have it. I'll do a goal check again in September as a follow-up, and pray that I will be announcing the successful completion of A New Beginning's face lift. Feel free to join me in praying for that. I'd love it if you did!
Okay, on with my chosen word of the week. What new addition can I add to my limited vocabulary today, I wonder?
How about, Doughty?
–adjective, -ti·er, -ti·est.
steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
—Synonyms brave, bold, intrepid, fearless, dauntless.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
Using doughty in a sentence:
The doughty goal-setter will succeed.
Let's see what sentences you can come up with using doughty.