With that stated....
What is that I really want out of this career?
I want to see my name on a book. I want people who send me letters or stop me on the street to let me know how much they enjoy what I've written. I want to sell out of my entire inventory whenever I do a public signing. And yes, I want to be able to support myself 'when I grow up'.
How can you make that happen?
Keep writing books; promote myself online and in person; I will participate in blog hops/interviews/chats;
How much time are you going to devote to the "job" each day/week?
A few hours each morning for social networking; more in the evening if able. Writing in the afternoon.
How will you make yourself accountable?
I just wrote these goals on a public blog. If I slack off, I know my readers and friends will figuratively poke me if they see me (ie: send me an email) and say "Hey....whatcha doing?"
How much time do you want to give yourself to accomplish these goals?
I'm already off to a good start. I've got seven published books, with four more due out this year (or only three), and I need to get off this apathy I feel toward promotion. I seriously spent more time promoting myself when I only had ONE book out! What the heck is going on with me?
Back to the question at hand: I figure I've got another twenty years before finances become an issue again; maybe fifteen. I'm 46, and the rest of my AU series should be out by the time I hit fifty. And by then, I will have hoped to accomplish some name recognition, plus built up a solid readership under both pen names.
What are you going to do when you reach a goal?
Drink wine; go out for a nice meal. Sing karaoke. I know how to 'pamper' myself!