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Joan Johnston | Setting Goals For The New Year

January 1, 2010


In January this year, my friend Gloria will come to my home for three days while we review the ten personal and ten professional goals we set for 2009 and set our goals for 2010. She’ll reassure me that Shattered, my 49th novel and the eight book in my Bitter CreekM series, which hits bookstores on December 29, will sell like hotcakes. I’ll drink lots of hot tea, eat lots of Hershey’s kisses (with almonds) and angst about whether my readers will like Kate and Jack’s story, which they’ve been waiting to read for two years. (I know, finally!!!!)

Gloria and I became friends at a Romantic Times writing conference and we’ve shared these sessions–at her house one year and my house the next–for the past fifteen years. It’s amazing how much more you accomplish when you write down your goals and check in once a week with a friend to see how you’re doing during the year.

Every goal you write should be stated as though it has already occurred. It should also be something within your control and achievable during the year. I’ll share a couple of mine from last year with you, so you can see what I mean.

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