Should I cut my goal in half? #30days

Yesterday, as part of the #30days to hustle, Jon challenged everyone to cut their goal in half.

My goal for the #30days to hustle is to write 25,000 words in January. To keep on track with my 500,000 word goal for the year, I should actually be writing more than 25,000 words this month. If I only write 25,000 words, I’m going to be behind and not on track to get to 500,000 by the end of the year.

I believe goals should be SMART, but they should also force you to stretch.

Could I write 12,500 words instead of 25,000 – almost definitely. But, 12,500 words is only about 400 words a day and would allow me to slack off and not necessarily write every day.

Between #30days to hustle and #my500words, I’ve already written almost double what I wrote in December and we’re only 10 days into the month.

One of the other interesting discussions on the #30days to hustle facebook group is people that set up goals to do something every day — like read the scriptures, write or some other activity. It’s interesting to see the discussion about whether they should just do something every other day or somehow change up their plans.

For now, I’m going to stick with my goal of 25,000 words for the month. I feel like that’s attainable, but also a stretch.

“Knowledge is the Obstacle to Freedom”

A few months ago, I watched a documentary called The Highest Pass about a group of people who were trying to ride the Highest Pass in the Himalayas on motorcycles.

The documentary was really interesting, and one of the things that has stuck with me is something the spiritual mentor leading the journey said — “Knowledge is the obstacle to freedom”.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately as I work towards my goals, especially those having to do with weight loss and fitness.

When it comes to nutritional choices, I know what is good and bad. I know the amount of calories I should be eating each day to lose weight. I know the types of foods are healthy and which ones aren’t.

I know that drinking soda, especially in excess, is just pure empty calories. I know that eating fast food is not a healthy option.

I know all these things, but I have a very hard time putting them in to action.

In some ways, its the same thing with exercise. I know that keeping my body moving helps and not hurts it. I know that the more I work out, the better I feel.

Yet, I often have time feeling motivated to make any of this happen.

I’m trying really hard to get out of my own way and find a way to be successful.





#30days to Hustle: The What, The Why & The How

I’ve committed to doing Jon Acuff’s #30days to Hustle challenge in January.

The first three days were all about the What, the Why and the How …

What: Write 25,000 words by the end of January

Why: I’ve always considered myself a writer, but my writing over the years has been sporadic. I want to actually be a writer and be seen as a writer by other people. In order to do that, I need to write on a regular basis.

How: My 2014 goal is to write 500,000 words. My January #30days to Hustle goal is to write at least 25,000 words. I plan to accomplish this by writing at least 750 words per day. I plan on writing for this blog, sueannereed.com, engageyourcause.com and other publications. I also plan to use the #my500words and #30days community to stay motivated to keep on track.