Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Telling Your Story

I learned today from a blog by a writer named Donald Miller that I'm on the right track with my word-for-the-year, but missed a step that will help me make "buff" a reality. I will have to go re-think my actions here, but in the meantime, you may want to read the post about telling a story on his blog.

Donald Miller explains you can change your life by creating a story and lays out his format in a writer's approach. I found his blog post very inspiring and plan to buy his book as well as becomming a daily reader of his blog.



  1. That makes sense. One of the main criteria for successful goal setting is choosing goals that are measurable. You can't really measure "get into shape" -- it's too nebulous and not specific enough. You can, however, measure something like "be able to run 30 minutes without stopping" or "be able to pench press 50 pounds." Putting a goal into the narrative form like this guy suggests is one way of making it more measurable.

    The acronym we're supposed to use at work when setting goals is "SMART." Goals should be:
    - Specific
    - Measurable
    - Achievable
    - Realistic
    - Time-framed

  2. Believe it or not, I used to teach goalsetting using a Zig Zigler tape on goalsetting and this (S.M.A.R.T) was his method some 15 years ago. I even created a handout for the class, but I'm not that person any more.

    I'm not doing goalsetting any more. I'm just going with the flow of the word "buff". My whole life is moving toward buff.