Let’s Talk About Evolving Goals (Project 5)

There’s something so pure about the feeling of completing a goal you set. Not only do you have the satisfaction of completing whatever task you laid out in front of yourself, but it actually can increase your confidence and make you more likely to complete future goals. But when your goal keeps changing, are there different rules?

First, we have to ask why the goal is being changed? If you’re lowering it to something more attainable, then you’re not changing it, you’re settling. Or maybe you’re setting an intermediary goal to work towards what you actually want.

Changing your goal, on the other hand, shows that you’re internalizing it. You’re taking active steps and saying “Wait, wouldn’t it be better if I ____?” It shows self-awareness and evaluating what’s actually important to you.

Evolving goals are completely normal and healthy. I challenge you to look at goals you’ve set and haven’t worked on and ask yourself why you’re not actively working towards them. Do you need intermediary goals or are you just not interested in the goal you set?

My Evolving Goal

This was something I realized recently. I’ve always been in the habit of creating larger-than-life goals and telling myself that it wasn’t the right time to work on certain goals. I didn’t realize it was a sign.

You may have noticed Project 5 has been a little, well, quiet. Besides posting the project topic, it doesn’t seem like I’ve worked on actually writing a book. Abbey and I had this fantastic story, but putting words to paper was something both of us put off.

But we had the outlines of the book – it was a mystery novel. It had the twists and the turns. We planned out the characters and the settings meticulously. It was something we were interested in. But when it came to writing, we had no interest.

I think it’s because neither of us actually want to write a book. At least not at this point in our lives anyway. But we knew we had a story we wanted to see come to life.

I’ve mentioned before that Abbey and I are big fans of the Nancy Drew games. They’re essentially virtual escape rooms, filled with puzzles and clues. We’ve played so many, we’ve begun to recognize patterns in puzzle making. That’s when I realized that that was a way to express our story: making a game.

Everything clicked and fell into place. That’s what we’d do, we’d make a mystery game out of this story. We’d build puzzles and create dialogue and make a playable game. Who knows what form the game takes? Video game, board game, murder mystery party. It’s all something we would actually want to try. Also, wouldn’t it be fun for me to share some of the puzzles with you guys as we make them?

So with that, we have an evolved goal. I’m curious if other people think this way about goals, have you ever changed a goal you’ve had? If so, how did it turn out? I’m really interested if evolving goals have a higher success rate.

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Project 5 – The Book

Word Count of the Draft: 1149

Okay, this one was an accident, I swear.

It happened about two weeks ago, when I was reading Atlas Shrugged. I was hit with an idea for a premise to a book. Nothing serious, just a sliver of an idea. Something about art restoration. Not important.

Later that afternoon, I was talking to Abbey. I mentioned the thought I had and she loved it. She started building on it, then I piggy-backed. Nothing major, just brainstorming.

Soon enough it was time to start writing down our ideas. We had spiraled and soon enough we had characters with vibrant personalities and a mystery forming right before our eyes.

For the next eight hours, we did nothing but write the plot to a book.

It was only then, after looking at the completed story, that we had the realization that we were writing a book. It was almost backwards though, the book wrote itself and dragged us along for the ride.

A few days went by and we took a step back. When we returned to look at the idea, we loved it. We thought it was exciting and something we’d read.

On Saturday, we returned to the book idea and started writing. To be honest, this was when it started to feel like work. It was difficult to get the first few words out. We were building details in our story including (but not limited to): floor plans, minor inventions, and fish/coral that can be co-habitable in a fish tank. So yeah, we went a little overboard.

I was hesitant to start this as a project because I wasn’t sure if we’d actually go through with it. If it were just me, I would have started the project here on the blog on day I got the idea. But since this requires both of our participation I had to wait. Also, I realized that if I started it on the blog, Abbey would be guilted into continuing. 🙂

So here we are. I’m not really sure how this project will unfold and whether it’ll take a priority in my life. But now that it’s started, I can’t turn back.

Oh, right. You probably want to know what the book’s about. We really shouldn’t give too much away, we want people to be surprised. It’s Da Vinci Code-esque but revolves around the worlds of art restoration and industrial engineering. As we do research for the book, I’ll likely share my findings. You won’t be completely in the dark, I promise.