Monday, December 08, 2008

Rallying cry

Have you thought about one thing you'd like to accomplish in 2009?

Rallying cries help me stay focused on my annual goal. I started the practice in 2003. I noticed I was spending so much time volunteering for my local writing chapter that I was getting very little - if any - writing done. That made for a very miserable Patricia. If I wanted to get back to writing, I'd have to cut back on volunteering. Spend less time on others and more time on myself. That's why my 2003 rallying cry became "2003: The Year of Me."

Did I mention I like rhyming rallying cries?

Despite my best intentions, I still spent more time volunteering than writing, so 2004's rallying cry was "Me Once More."

Moving into 2005, I found a variation on the theme. I drastically cut back on volunteering for my group, but I earned a promotion at my day job. My savings account was very happy, but my writing continued to suffer. In fact, I considered giving up my dream of becoming a published author. My brother talked me out of that insanity. I'll never forget what he said. "Don't give up your dream. Don't ever give up your dream. Even if you just write one page a day, don't ever give up your dream." He's the best. And, to my credit, I listened to him. The rallying cry for 2005 became "Keeping the Dream Alive."

I don't recall the rallying cries for 2006, 2007 or 2008. Perhaps I never identified them. But I do have a rallying cry for 2009: Managing My Time. This rallying cry is very sincere. I've got to do a better job of time management. Too often I've found either time managing me or no one minding the store at all. Before I realize it hours have flown by and I haven't completed my tasks for the day. So, for 2009, I want to focus on time management.

What's one thing you'd like to accomplish for 2009?



Patricia W. said...

An entire novel manuscript, revised and ready for submission.

I had a rallying cry for this year, part of which was to stay focused, but I lost focus along the way and allowed life to distract me.

Patricia Sargeant said...

Patricia W., hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your rallying cry. :)

Submitting your manuscript is an excellent goal for 2009. I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you. Please keep us posted on your progress.

I hear you about allowing life to distract us from our goals. As I mentioned, that's happened to me several times. But I think the important thing is that we keep trying, and that we never give up our dreams. :)

Keep writing!


W.I.L.D Sun Publishers said...

My rallying cry is to stop procrastinating and finish the book that is inside me.

Linda Moses

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