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Well, it is now 2013 and I am back…. I got a bit miffed I guess you would say last month and just quit writing about anything… not the smartest thing to do, but what can I say… we all have our bad days that turn into weeks and then, well you get it.  Now that it is a new year and we can forget about the mess than 2012 was, what to do now.  I have really been thinking about this, as I don’t make resolutions, as to me they just become broken promises.  I remember growing up and every year we would sit and make our resolutions for the next year and guess what, nothing ever came of them.  I would get so excited that we were going to finally do certain things and then life got in the way and other things and guess what, the next December we were in the same place, making the same resolutions, and the process started all over again… You know what the definition of insanity is?  Doing the same thing over and over again and thinking it will turn out differently.  Sound familiar?  So, I have started making goals.  I sit down in January and decide what I want to have accomplished by the next December.  I’m not saying I have much luck with this, but that is what I try to do.  I guess my problem with goals is I have never figured out how to set them correctly, so a few weeks or months down the line I am wondering why I didn’t accomplish anything and then I realize it was because I made a goal, but didn’t make out a road map or plan to accomplish these goals.  What they became was wishes instead of true goals that I could accomplish.  I think that is where the problem comes in.  I have no idea how to make a proper road map to make sure the goals come to fruition… I have gotten books from the library, listened to audiobooks on the subject, talked to people and still have no clue.  I think the best advice I got was to make a backwards goal.  See yourself in December having accomplished the goal and then backtrack and figure out how you got there.  That sounds like good idea to me.  The question would be though if you can turn those steps into a true map on how to accomplish the goals you are wanting to get to.  I guess I am going to have to figure that one out.  I know one thing I plan to do is post more on this blog.

I do want to focus more on my fiber art and writing.  I want to be able to produce enough sales through art and writing to be able to exit out of doing the transcription work I do now.  I have been doing medical transcription for almost 13 years and now am back to doing general transcription.  It is okay, it pays the bills, but there is a difference between sitting and typing out a book you are working on and banging out lines after lines of type that has to be done by a certain deadline and the fast you type better your hourly pay is.  I mean you are talking the difference of transcribing two hours of audio to be anything from $20 an hour to less than minimum wage if it takes you eight hours to type that two hours of audio.  The joy of being paid by production instead of hourly.  At times I miss a regular job where you go in, put in your eight hours, and you know exactly what you made that day, instead of the uncertainty of how many lines will my hands let me type today or is there enough work to even make the daily minimum pay wise so I can pay the bills… When you are an independent contractor working on production you never know what your paycheck is going to be and that sure reeks havoc on paying your bills… I don’t like that much uncertainty, but that is the nature of the beast and I am not in the position in my life to be able to go out to a regular job, so you work with what you’ve got.

So, back to the original idea of this post, for 2013 why don’t you try something different.  Instead of those resolutions that normally never come to pass, why don’t you try to do backward goal setting and see how that works for you.  I have been told for years that thoughts are things, so if you picture yourself being something or doing something and keep you eye on the prize, it will manifest… kind of what the book The Secret was all about, you know that law of attraction thing… till next time….

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