I reached an important milestone the other day. I made #1 in Amazon’s ranking of authors for both ebooks and other books: (Click to enlarge.)
Now, I’ve only stayed there a couple of days and since Amazon changes the list hourly, I’m just happy to have made it at all. I’m very happy and it’s something for which I’ve never planned.
And that, to me, is the definition of a milestone: an important event that requires no planning, no goal setting, but which marks progress on your journey.
Goals? They’re things I do every day. I must write 5000 words a day, even if I delete all 5000 tomorrow (which has never happened, but it might). I must do my health things, like walking. Those are goals.
I once read something about goals. The writer was saying that you should plan for only those things you can control. Put the other stuff under “dreams”.
For example, “Write the best book you can” is a goal.
Make the New York Times Bestseller List is a dream.
Milestones, about which you also have no control, are important, too.