Write It Down

by Larry Hehn on January 11, 2013

write it downI’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?

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Ann Peachman Stewart January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

My big “write it down” thing is a word count spreadsheet.
I have separate columns for my blog, missions column, novel
and other writing. And of course, total. At the end of the week,
I can see how much work (or not) I have actually done.

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Larry Hehn January 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

That’s a great idea, Ann. The difference between what we think we’ve done and what we’ve actually done can be huge. Writing down our activity makes sure we don’t fake ourselves out.

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Liz McLennan January 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

On my never-ending list of things to do:

put laundry away.

Save the world.

Run.

Two outta three ain’t bad, right? I ran.
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Larry Hehn January 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I usually run when it’s time to put laundry away. :)

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Juan Cruz Jr January 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

Larry, I need to write my goals down and be intentional on achieving each one of them. It’s not that I haven’t before. I’ve written them several times, they are scattered around somewhere in the office on 3, 4, 5 note pads. I need to get them in front of me – print them out, write them out and frame them, but them on my desk so I can be reminded of them daily.
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Larry Hehn January 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I’ve done that before too, Juan. Written them down and stuffed them in a binder somewhere, never to be seen again. I’ve heard of people taping them to their bathroom mirrors and the dashboard of their car. As long as it doesn’t affect your driving!

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ThatGuyKC January 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

Larry, thank you for the reminder of how powerful writing down our goals can be. I try to deny it and make excuses that I’m too busy, but it’s not working.

My writing goals for this year:
- blog 3x a week
- compile 2 ebooks
- get 1000 subscribers
- average 250 readers a day

Godspeed you in 2013!
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Larry Hehn January 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

And to you too, KC. Those are great goals. I’m looking forward to watching you achieve them!

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