Are we there, yet?

Anyone who has kids or has been a kid has heard this line before. A journey can be tedious when we have a point A and a point B, but no sense of direction on how we plan to get there.  There are times you might even be unsure if you ever made it.

I started a blog last week about going after your dreams. For me, Katy Lee, that dream is following the road to publication. But that road is not going to be the same for me as it will be for you.  It will not be the same distance for one writer compared to another. Even the directions one writer takes will vary across the map. But one thing every writer will have, are various milestones they each must pass through before reaching their final destination.

The ancient Romans were famous for their beautiful and well-built roads. In fact, many of these roads can still be used today. But something that made the Roman roads so unique is that no one ever had to ask, “Are we there, yet?” Because along the roads, the Romans put up stone pillars and carved into them the distance between towns. A traveler on a Roman road could look at these milestones and know exactly how much farther they had to go.

They could celebrate when they reached the halfway mark. They could rest up when they knew they had a long stretch ahead of them, and when they were exhausted and ready to quit, they could look at their milestones to see just how far they had come. And when they reached their destination, there was no doubt in their minds they had made it.

They could do all these things because their milestones had been written down.

The Unlocked Secret: We all have goals we need to attain in order to reach our destination, but if we don’t write them down, we won’t be able to see how far we’ve come. We won’t be able to celebrate the small victories. And worse, if we don’t know how much farther we have to go, we might quit before we ever get there.

So how do you keep track of your goals? And what do you do to celebrate when you’ve completed them?

8 thoughts on “Are we there, yet?”

  1. How timely, Katy. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with my process. I know I’ve come a long way, but the journey before me seems pretty arduous. Enough so, that I’m having more days where I feel defeated than encouraged by the journey. Perhaps I need to step back and revamp my goals.
    My husband is putting the finishing touches on my cover–a huge milestone. I think I should take a minute, breathe, do a happy dance, and celebrate–and stop focusing on the hill ahead. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. For some reason I’ve got that Bob Marley song in my head: “Every little thing, gonna be all right.” So let’s all dance! A couple of margaritas wouldn’t hurt, either. 🙂

      Can’t wait to see that cover!

  2. Katy!

    Good luck in your publishing goals.

    I am terrible at follow through. I am not sure it is laziness or fear. Maybe a little of both. I don’t know why at times I am so fearful of success.

    Thank you for putting things in perspective for me.

  3. Fearful of success! Now there’s a blog post I will do! Don’t believe anyone who says their not afraid of success. It’s the unknown, and we all fear the unknown. But just know this. When you get there…and you will if you don’t quit…it won’t be the unknown anymore.

  4. As for keeping track of my goals, I have a very, very low tech method: I have them written on a folded up piece of paper that I keep in the little case where I keep my flash drives. That way I actually have to handle the paper whenever I pull out the flash drive. It’s simple, but immediate. I’m also a big fan of Post-It notes, which I like to stick around my computer monitor.

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