The Magic of Written Goals

31 Dec

goalsAbout fourteen months ago, I signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor. He sent me a document—kind of a “getting to know you” interview. It had twelve pages of questions about my life, my past, my plans, and my dreams.  By the time I’d finished answering those questions, the document was 28 pages long.

Phew. So far, this having-an-agent thing seemed like a lot of work.

But there was something magical about that document, because reviewing it fourteen months later, I realize that many of the things that had seemed like pipe dreams in the fall of 2013 are now reality. The most obvious is my freelance editing business. Chip often challenges his authors to think creatively about how they can make a living as a writer. For me, editing has always come pretty easily, so a freelance editing business seemed a good way to go. Now, a year later, my business is booming.

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There are other things, too. This blog, for instance. I promised myself I would start to blog regularly, and now I am, thanks to my critique partners here in the Quid Pro Quills. Also, I’m in the process of self-publishing a book, something I’d barely considered a year ago. I’d made it my goal to finish one book and begin another, and I’m halfway through that second one, which is a slightly different genre than I’d written before. And I’m attempting to build a speaking/teaching ministry, which I’d only dreamed about a year ago.

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I believe the hours and hours and I spent answering those questions for Chip—committing my dreams to the harshness of paper and pen or, in this case, black pixels on white—made them no longer just dreams. It made them goals. And when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them.

I’m sure some psychologist could tell you why that is. I prefer to think of it as magic—saves me the brain power. Whatever the reason, I’m a new believer in firm, written goals. I’ll be updating those goals again this year. I can’t wait to see what God has store for 2015.

Have you written down your goals for 2015?

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Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. She is the author of two books, Faith House and One Christmas Eve, both Christmas stories, and a freelance editor at Robins Red Pen. Read excerpts and find out more at her website.


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2 responses to “The Magic of Written Goals

  1. Pegg Thomas

    December 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hubby and I are talking about taking one of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University courses. One of the things he stresses is having a written plan. It makes perfect sense. But for some reason, a financial written plan seems less daunting that a writing written plan. Go figure! I’ll have to suck up my courage to try and write down my writing goals.


  2. Robin Patchen

    January 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I find it easier to write writing goals than financial goals, probably because the hubby and I have to agree on financial goals. 🙂



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