Think like a politician when planning your future.

Politicians plan for the future. They think long-term.

Right now we are seeing Hilary Clinton stepping down from Secretary of State. There’s word she’s going to run for president in 2016 — Whatever she does from here on, for the next 3 years, will decide her fate. It will decide her ultimate goal.

That’s insane to me. But this is why she is where she is. Most people don’t even plan for the following week. Let alone for the next four years.

Setting long-term goals gets you where you want — Set short-term goals to reach your long-term goals. Like an elected politician, you set yourself up to win. To be elected. To succeed.

We should all be thinking long-term: Writers. Directors. Producers. Mothers. Husbands. Businessmen. Whatever…

Set long-term goals now.

For instance: I have to move to California. I have to be in Hollywood to be a screenwriter. That’s my long-term goal.

Now how will I get there? What do I have to do until then to make it?

Save money. I set a savings goal.

Sell a script. I need credentials to make it.

Write. Write. Write. I don’t only need one script, but several, polished ready to sell scripts. Timing is everything. I have to judge it correctly. You have to be able to understand where you’re at, what you’ll be against and how you’ll get there. Too early may cost you. Too late and well…it’s too late.

I have daily goals: Write. I have monthly goals: To save money and build my platform. I have yearly goals: Sell a spec.

My point being…

We can’t just live for the weekends. We have to live for next year. And the year after. The possibilities of the future — just like a politician.

Where do you see yourself in two years? How will you get there?

Always be writing. Everyday.

-REH

3 thoughts on “Think like a politician when planning your future.

  1. northernmalewhite February 11, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    “Politicians plan for the future. They think long-term”

    Not sure what planet you’re on but on this planet that is their main fault – they dont plan long term.
    Bizarre analogy.

    • robertehoxie February 11, 2013 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks for reading Northern White Male! Keep on keeping on!

  2. bryanmora513 February 13, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Interesting article. I’m an aspiring screenwriter as well and i am learning a lot going through your blog. Looking forward to reading future articles

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