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TITLE: Goal Setting Worksheet
By Laura Anderson

I like to reflect on last year and set goals for the next. These are some of the questions I needed to answer to move forward renewed this year.
The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. Denis Watley

The goal of every writer Iíve met is to become a published author. All writers need to have specific and clear goals. If you don't have a roadmap, how can you plan to get to your destination? Writing a book is the easy part. Getting the work in front of the right agent and publisher takes dedication, clarity, time and prayer. Take some time to invest in yourself and your writing business first thing this new year.

Philippians 3:12 I donít mean to say I am perfect. I havenít learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. TLB
Your first assignment on goal setting is to answer these questions on business growth. . .

What new idea or strategy are you going to do to market your writing this year?

Looking back at last years efforts, what yielded the most business, sales and profits?

Last year what type of reader bought your book? How can you attract more of this audience this year?

What relationships and/or activities drained you of time, energy and money? How can you eliminate those things that are holding you back?

What new markets are you willing to jump into this new year that will bring you the most exposure, leads and return on investment?

Is the writing business market shifting? Are there specific concerns you should pay special attention to?

What inefficiency has slowed your growth last year? What can be improved or eliminated?

What distractions kept you from completing all you desired last year? What can you do to keep on task?

What improvements can you make to your message or book? What change will make the most immediate impact on your writing business?

Is your message or book already successful? What other mediums, formats and markets can you tap into to gain more exposure and profits?

What percentage of profits will you reinvest back into your writing business through marketing or advertising to grow your business?

What can you do to increase your influence in the market, audience, business associates and other relationships?

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. KJV
Next lets consider what skill sets need improvement for your writing business this year.

What new skills will you learn and master this year to position your book in the top 10%?

What new skills did you learn last year that produced some results but still need further development?

What top three marketing campaigns brought the most results and return on investment of your time? What can you do to semi-automate the process?

What would result in you spending 80% of your time and energy perfecting those three markets? What would change in your schedule to accomplish that?

Deuteronomy 8:18 Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you power to become rich, and he does it to fulfill his promise to your ancestors. TLB
Take some time to answer these questions on wealth.

How much increase do you want to see in your net worth this year?

Do you have a plan to eliminate the debt you have? How much are you willing to devote to this each month?

What investments will you make for this year?

What precautions are you taking to ride the wave of instability in the economy?

What steps are you taking right now to insulate yourself while still growing your business?

What protection do you have for your business and for yourself such as tax, estate, wealth protection through LLC, Corporation, or Trusts?

Do you have a top notch accounting, financial and legal team who are committed to your growth, prosperity, and protection?

What negative habit will you eliminate this year?

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. KJV
Time spent on building relationships returns ten-fold. Practice building strong relationships with your family and friends and that will spill over into your business. You've heard the quote, People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Be that person who. . . gives more than takes away, delivers more than promised, leaves things better than you found them, listens more than speaks, seeks to understand then be understood.

What will you do different this year to show you love your spouse more today than the day you met?

What changes will you make personally to become a better person who treats those important to you with respect, honor and gratitude?

How will you show appreciation for your spouse and kids daily in a unique way that let's them know they are important to you?

What skill sets will you teach your kids or grandkids that will help them be successful?

What unproductive habit will you eliminated this year?

How will you create time to spend with your family or friends?

How will you cut down on procrastination so you can spend more time with loved ones?

1Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV
Enjoy a quiet time of giving thanks for the blessings in your life. You will be amazed at the results.

Where will God be in your life?

What will you do to make time to pray, meditate, dream and journal?

How will you be a blessing to others this year?

How will you focus your prayers this year?

How will you focus your meditation this year?

How will you focus your journaling this year?

What seed will you sow this year? (Every decision is a seed sowing your success or your failure.)

What fear will you overcome this year?

Who will you forgive this year?

Ok. Now that you've set your goals for this year, go back to each section and pick the top one in each category you believe will have the most impact in your life and in the lives of those around you. These top goals in each category are what you will be focusing on for 80% of the time this year. What are they? Write them down and read them daily until they become automatic actions.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true. whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever thing are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV
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