Creative Life: The Goal is Non-Negotiable

I’ve been thinking a lot about goals and goal setting and how important it is to identify the goal in every aspect of my life. I guess it’s been front and center for me because I’m making my health a priority. Recently, I saw some laboratory report numbers I didn’t like at a doctor’s visit so I’m making some changes.

While doing my research and being firmly on Fitness TikTok, I became aware of just how important it is to accurately define the goal. So, although there is currently a push on TikTok to lift heavy weights for aesthetics (look how great I look without cardio!), aesthetics is not my goal. My goal is functional fitness and heart health which will include resistance training, but I can’t neglect cardio.

The goal, which as my dad would say who took it from a systems management book aptly titled “The Goal” is non-negotiable. How to get there? That’s tactics and strategies. Those can be changed. The goal, cannot.

I’m defining more and more what I want out of my day job career and what I want from writing. In the case of my day job, while money is important, there are other things I require from it. And I actually have it written down in a list in my work planner. It’s dynamic. I add and delete items as necessary. Also, on the list are my responsibilities to the job. Everything must balance.

And I’ve done the same for writing. It’s not just about artistic expression for me. There are other things that I need. And, like my day job, it’s a work in progress in my paper planner which is my workhorse and gives me my marching orders.

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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