Mahieu Studios: Sharing Our Resources and Setting Goals

This past weekend our team brave the wind and cold for another Saturday meeting. We all climbed into the car and took off for a cup of coffee. Breaking from our work spaces and studios was a welcome change. A change in environment helped move our mood out of work mode and made room for fresh perspectives. As we sat down to the smell of coffee and whipped cream we spoke about how our team meetings leave us energized and motivated. But how could we make the feeling last after we parted ways and weren't there to cheer each other onward? More importantly, how could put our ideas into action and focus all that energy? I decided to create a quick goal sheet for our meetings to help everybody when they returned to their hobbit hole. Our group thought we would share them with all of you. So here it is -

Goals from our studio:

1. What do you want to achieve? What do you dream of doing that you aren't doing right now?

2. How are you going to get there?

3. What is your first action step?

4. Are there resources you can use right now to get closer them?

5. What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

6. Did you explore a new author this week? How did they inspire you?

7. If you didn't explore a new author, then what kinds of books draw you in? Why?

8. Is there anything you can do right now to publish something? (On your blog/website, write an article for a magazine or newspaper, or send off a submission or query)

Creating goals or deadlines for yourself can help push you out of the sluggish feeling you have after a big meal or when it's raining outside and you want to curl up in a blanket. Personally, I have to book shows or post my goals to my friends. Then, I know I have to get it done. Hold yourself accountable or you will be one of those people still wishing you started a few years later.

-Mahieu Spaid

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