QUARTER 4 PLANNING

Hello friends. This week the last few days of my extended vacation is being spent planning for Q4 of 2021. I didn’t plan Q3 at all and I did little toward my vision. I worked 55 12 hour days straight. I worked those to make money to go toward building our dream house with some success so at least one goal had some progress.

To say that after the job I was worn out would be an understatement but, with a vacation and plenty of rest, my batteries have been recharged and I’m ready to go at it again , although not with the same fervor as before. I am ready to focus more on writing and the business of publishing my work. I also have another business interest that is creating cash flow for my retirement.

Some of the things I intend to do this quarter are finish the buddy novel and the first draft of the second book in the Zip series. I also want to write a greater number of blog posts in order to polish my writing and gain a larger audience. This is something that I have been procrastinating on since I began this endeavor.

Another aspect of creativity has to do with music. It is one of the greatest outlets in my life and I love to listen, appreciate and create it. I have written several songs in the past and video recorded myself singing some of them. I don’t think that writing songs has to be something that brings fame and fortune with it and I’m sure there are many who write songs for their own entertainment, so it doesn’t matter too much if I never hear them on the radio.

I’ve realized recently that I’ve been pushing too hard all my life. Maybe it’s time to let go and let the chips fall where they may, so to speak. Funny enough it wasn’t until after I adopted this attitude with my primary career as a pipe fitter that success, fame and fortune began to seek me out.

I guess it’s time now to adopt the same attitude with regard to the goals I’ve set to attain my ideal life. Part of this week’s planning involves exploring what my ideal life looks like and it has forced me to look at what it is that I really want without putting it in the context of what I don’t want.

Though I do this every quarter it is still difficult to explain my vision without thinking about what I don’t want, and I’ve spent time looking deeper into the subject. Doing this has enabled me to see that I’ve been in working hard all my life to attain some kind of success.

That’s not to say that I haven’t done well. I have a successful career that affords me a comfortable life and a good retirement. I’m not fully retired yet, but part of my vision is to enhance my quality of life so when it’s time for me to hang it up for good, I can fully enjoy my ideal life.

Can ninety days really change my life? I don’t know, but the changes are subtle enough that they may not be seen on a daily or even quarterly time frame. Five years from now, when I’m fully retired and enjoying my ideal life, I’ll be able to look back on 2021 and see that the quarterly planning had an effect on my publishing business and writing career. The important thing to remember is that, when I complete my plan, not everything will get done, but with persistence and consistence, small, immeasurable progress will be made and in five years, I’ll be able to look back and say; “That is as the turning point in my career.”

For now though, it’s time for me to finish my quarterly plan. Thanks for allowing me to share these thoughts with you and I hope to visit more often in the next ninety days.Peace and love to you all.

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