The power of announcing your goals

I belong to a writers’ goal group. It consists of a total of 4 women and when we meet (we try for once a week) we declare our goals to each other. Very simple and yet very powerful. Not only do the goals include our writing goals but they have, over the years, also included personal goals, for example, 2 of us have competed in triathlons as a direct result of declaring that goal and then cheering each other on.

photo credit: Melody Campbell

It’s a mini-support group of the best kind.

The name of our group is D.A.R.E and after 3 years we can’t fully remember what it originally stood for (I do know the D was for Dumbledore) but it doesn’t make any difference, the acronym says what it should say. In the group we dare to dream and we dare to set down on paper what it is we want to accomplish. The power behind being accountable in immense.

This Monday we met for our yearly anniversary meeting. We talked about what we have accomplished in the past year and we also discussed not only our goals but our big dreams for next year. It’s been a busy few weeks, I wasn’t really prepared for the meeting and so in desperation I came up with only some of the more obvious goals.

I’d like to get a little travel in, I want to exercise more, and to do more with our writing.

We talked about writing retreats at relatives houses, and we talked about how we all had tremendous potential, we just need to harness and focus it, in order to keep moving forward. This is the year we’ll get our writing out there, we told each other.

But I also want to do more. I want to make a difference this year, I want to be responsible for change. I want to teach, I want to learn.

Which is why, right after the meeting I purchased a notebook that will be dedicated to my efforts of reaching my goals next year. I’m going to spend the next few weeks thinking about this and deciding exactly what it is I want to accomplish and the best steps to take in order to get me there. I’m also going to identify what success means, how I’ll know when it is I have reached my goal.

When that ball falls on a bright and shiny new year, I’m going to be ready to hit the ground running.

I’ll have a game plan, and, more importantly, I’ll have my 3 friends cheering me along the way.

How about you? What are your goals (writing and otherwise) for the next year and how are you going to be accountable to them?


Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens).

Cost of the notebook? 4.99, setting up goals for the next year? Priceless.