What Toy Story Can Teach You About Goal Setting and Achievement

How’s it going? I’ll say it even though it sounds ridiculous, or it might.

I’m feeling listless, a bit. (And no, I make lists all the time, and do have them around–this isn’t that one).

I’m trying to figure out where to go next, in the larger scope of my life, and sketching out a plan to get there.

Which reminded me of Toy Story–a movie (actually a series of 3, now) about toys that are alive and do things human style–like their own society, really. (And if I’m not mistaken, this series was the highest grossing in history until Frozen came out).

Anyway, there’s a scene in the first movie with the toy soldiers scouting things out downstairs. But before they get there, the leader directs his men by saying:

“Recon Plan Charlie. Execute!”

My point? The last word in bold, up there.¬†Planning is not enough. And I’m at the top of the list of people who need to get this–really get it. Executing something is what gets you places–they go hand in hand. Even trying to do something.

That’s why I’m trying to be more active in one of the writer’s groups I’m a part of on Facebook–I want them to know about me. There are copywriters there who have spent decades in the business, and there are business owners who regularly drop in asking for help, advice, and posting leads.

And I want to be someone, maybe not today, who’s in a position to help out, get my name out there, and forge ahead in life. Could be I’m in a position to help right now, and I need a gut transplant to pack more internal fortitude in. I don’t know.

Outlines, maps, blueprints, what-have-ya are awesome. But (as I say this to myself) action is the real thing. Because that’s what brings results.

Just like I hope this post has for you–even if you were just entertained by it.

So if you get stuck, slow down, and make a plan. Or if you have a plan, step on out there with it. Maybe you’ll get something done with your writing, or figure out you need a new plan. Either way, you’re further along the path, right?

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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