Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I Want Most

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want. And I’m not just talking about how badly I sometimes crave Girl Scout cookies, Black Forest gummy bears, chocolate, or Dr. Pepper. No, I’m thinking about what I want in life, in my career, with my family, stuff like that.

You may remember me quoting James Owen a couple weeks ago. He said, “Never give up what you want most for what you want most in that moment.” So I’m trying to figure out what I want most in the future and how I might be able to obtain those things.

For instance, I really, really want a literary agent and a publishing contract with a national publisher. I also really, really want to someday make money on something I write.

And I know I could have the second without the first. I could. If I choose to self publish my work, I could probably make a few dollars here and there. Maybe more than a few. But it’s really unlikely that money would be as satisfying to me as money that might come from holding onto the dream that will take much longer to reach. And while money is important to me, it isn’t as important as reaching those other big goals.* So I’m holding onto my dream and being patient.

I’d love to live somewhere tropical-ish. Or, I could go on a trip, and call that enough. (I vote for the long-term permanent solution.)

Someday I hope to write three full books per year. Or, I could write articles instead and make a little money on the side, but that would significantly cut into my ability to write novels.(I choose to focus on novels that might help me reach that goal above.)

Long term goals require planning, and also an investment of time in the present, as well as the future.

Kind of like climbing a ladder. Most of us can only climb one rung at a time, and at our own pace. Some people climb higher than they ever have, and are content (as they should be). Others feel the need to go all the way to the top.

What about you? What dreams are you holding onto in hopes of reaching a higher rung?

*NOTE: This is only what feels right for me, not necessarily for you—only you can decide that.

6 comments:

Randy said...

What I want most is to be published and have my stories read and enjoyed by many. Then I want a chance to talk to them about it.

Oh yeah, the money thing would be nice too.

LM Preston said...

I like the way you think. I'd love to live somewhere tropical too. And have at home business from there while writing. Hummm....

Carolyn V said...

Hum. Getting published, seeing success for my kids, maybe a good sense of style. Those are my goals.;)

Angie said...

I used to think I wanted to be a national market sci-fi writer, but my goals have changed. Now I am really happy at the thought of the LDS market. It's weird. I don't feel like I've given up or anything. Just adjusted. We'll have to see what the future holds. I know you can reach your dreams!

L.T. Elliot said...

I feel this one. I know what I want. I know my journey is a longer one. I know I can't settle. I know my rungs are spaced differently than other people's ladders--but I haven't given up yet. I hope I never do.

Nichole Giles said...

Randy, I hear you. I really, really do.

LM, one of these days maybe we'll be neighbors.

Carolyn, love it. I'd love success for my kids as well. Good one.

Angie, I am so excited for the release of your book. Good for you for finding your path.

Laura, I won't let you. Don't worry.