I’ve been sitting on a book idea for years. Yeah, I’ve worked on it here and there, with several chapters half-written. Some of it’s pretty good. But it’s still in bits and pieces.
Lately, I’ve grown tired of making excuses when people ask, “So, how’s the book coming?”
I decided to buckle down and invest in Michael Hyatt’s GET PUBLISHED audio program.
One of the first things the program recommends is to write down your goals. Hardly anything novel or earth-shattering there, right?
Just one problem. I hadn’t written down any goals for my book writing, blogging, platform…anything.
So I decided to give it a try. And I was amazed at what a difference it made when I wrote it down.
I wrote down a goal to reach 100 Facebook likes by the end of 2012. I wound up with 140.
I wrote down a goal to reach 5000 Twitter followers by the end of 2012. I wound up with over 8000.
Because when you write it down and keep it in front of you, you start to think of ways to make it happen.
I also wrote down a goal to complete my book proposal by the end of 2012. I didn’t get it done. But let me tell you, I got a lot more of it done than I would have without a written goal.
It’s amazing what power the written word can have.
I’m pretty sure that’s why God says in Deuteronomy to write His words on your doorposts and on your gates, tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.
This time of year, posts about New Year’s resolutions (or whatever you want to call them) are a dime a dozen. But here’s some sound advice: if you’re setting some goals anyway, be sure to write them down and keep them in front of you as reminders.
While we’re at it, let’s do the same with God’s word.
You just might be amazed at the difference it makes.
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.” – Deuteronomy 11:18-21
What goals have you written down for this year?