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One feather at a time

Life is full of pressures. 

Sometimes it can feel like more and more has to be crammed into the time available each day and there is little space left to make progress on the dreams that matter most. 

It’s easy to heap on more pressure in the hope of generating the motivation required to make dreams happen. As a writer, this can lead to setting ‘skyscraper goals’ like big word-count targets or a commitment to complete a book in just a few weeks.

As a result you may find it even harder to do the one thing you want to do. Write. 

Suddenly, even if you do have a moment for your craft, it can be harder to find the motivation to turn that laptop on or make that pen flow. Words just seem…jammed. That’s because overwhelming pressure leads to procrastination and writer’s block.

As a result, you may make yourself feel worse. Adding to all the pressure are feelings of disappointment, frustration, self-blame and other destructive emotions. You may feel you can’t do it, you’re not good enough. Worse, you may feel like giving up.

But you can’t quit. You have dreams for a reason. You have a life purpose.

There’s another way

The trick is not to give yourself more pressure but less.

By setting smaller, regular goals, that are realistic for your lifestyle, you can make your dreams happen bit by mighty bit. Whatever you want to write, committing to just 100 words a day could be the mini goal that unlocks your creative engine.

Mini goals don’t limit you. Instead, they get you started. They fire up that engine.

100 vs 1,000 words

Pause for a minute and contemplate completing 100 words or 1,000 words.

When you think about the 100 words, does it feel like something you could do right now?

How about the 1,000 words? You’d need to carve out some time, make a big effort, maybe you’ll do that later, tomorrow or next week.

Goals that are too ambitious and hard to sustain can make you delay and delay until you don’t write at all. Instead of making a little progress, you make none. 

Make your words soar

Say you do sit down, after reading this, and tell yourself you’ll write just 100 words. How do you feel once you’ve got them down on the page? Satisfied? Like writing more?

Usually, you should find you want to keep going. Soon, you may have tricked yourself into writing hundreds more, even that 1,000 that seemed so big moments ago.

If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. You still completed your mini goal. You’re a success. You’re closer to your dreams than you were yesterday. You can do it again.

Dream big but start mini. Why not take this wonderful companion on the journey?

One feather at a time, you’ll find yourself soaring toward your dreams.

About Loretta Milan

Founder and Commissioning Editor of Lightbox Originals. On a mission to get the world writing and finding wellbeing through words. Loves books, tea, travel and art.

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