We have big dreams. Some materialistic. Having one million dollars for the average Joe or Jane like me is a big deal.
For writers, those big dreams could be making a living from your writing whether through freelancing, ghostwriting, blogging or writing your own books to sell.
We all have those kinds of dreams that seem so out of our touch.
They may be … for now.
But guess what, your path to your dream depends on which stage you are in.
Are you an authorpreneur wannabe but you can’t write consistently to save you from the mortgage lenders? You can’t market either? You can’t market because you don’t have a book to sell? This is a symptom that you have not developed a writing habit that results in a product. In this case, do learn to show up and write.
Don’t know what to write about? Then you should be learning how to curate ideas and how to develop your voice on a specific topic, not on editing.
Choose your goals according to the stage that you are in your journey to your dream.
You may think that this will slow your progress. It will in the beginning.
However, when you clearly know where you are in your journey, you start taking action to master the skills you need to know.
Mastery becomes difficult when you try to do too many things at once.
Learn one skill then another.
But to determine the skill you need to currently develop requires that you take a long and deep look at yourself. You need to evaluate your skills objectively and carefully. Think of the next action you need to take and determine whether you have the skills to carry out that action. If you don’t then you need to immerse yourself in learning those skills.