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Write down goals and gratitude

Write down your goals and gratitude and you’ll be surprised by what can happen

While cleaning my office (and it was about time too) I found an old journal. I have lots (they are tucked in all sorts of obscure places). Anyhow, I flipped through it and was delighted by what I had written six years ago. If you regularly read this blog, you’ll know that gratitude is conveyed in a lot of what I write. Without appreciation there is no true happiness.

Writing journal
Keep a journal of your goals and gratitude.

I gave myself a goal of 365 Days of Gratitude this year

Yep, I’ve missed some days (as far as writing them here) but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t appreciative. All those days are with more thankfulness than I could imagine. Days 249 through 310 were sixty-one days of extraordinary events that, particularly as a writer, have left me wondering if my dreams are coming true.

Back to the journal

In that tiny pink journal, I’d written a writing business plan. Six years ago, I was working fulltime (not writing) and any writing was accomplished in the early morning hours, lunch-time or after work. It didn’t matter. I put the effort in and tried to write every day, even if it was just in this blog. It’s not a chore to find those hours because it’s my passion.
I had written fifteen goals. Seven of those have been reached. Keep in mind, I had no idea how I would reach these goals, but I wrote them down and believed in them.

Here’s some I have ticked off:

  • I will be running a successful freelance business (I have three jobs lined up. One is a huge opportunity)
  • I will be in demand (after proving I can do the job, I am in demand)
  • I will publish my novel ‘Finding My Tarzan’ (The manuscript became ‘The Zanzibar Moon’ and was self-published in June)
  • On average I will work 3 days per week
  • I will write every day
  • I will regularly have my hair done (I’ve got to look like a published author, don’t I?)
  • I will see my friends more often
  • I will teach my kids good business and money principles, with love.

Here’s some I’m still working on:

  • I will earn $150,000 per annum (one day, ha, ha!)
  • Finding My Tarzan (The Zanzibar Moon) will become a bestseller (working on it)
  • I will have a column in a national magazine (that would be fun and challenging)
  • I will own a beautiful house with an awesome office overlooking the water
  • I will have spare abundance to share with my family

Things I didn’t write down that have happened:

I couldn’t have imagined some of what I had written would come to fruition. I didn’t put a date on my goals or make them too specific. That allowed for anything to enter my life. I’m writing genres that I never expected. That’s because I left the windows open to any opportunity that might fly my way (like a hawk). I’m a published author of contemporary women’s fiction and articles. Now I’m also skilled in biographies, short stories and sci-fi fantasy fiction. The diversity a fun challenge. It’s more than I could have imagined. That’s lots of gratitude in sixty-one days.

If you write down your goals (and what you are grateful for as well) I hope you’re as pleasantly surprised by the results as I have been. Look back on them in a few years, readjust the goals if you must. Keep looking forward to what you can achieve.

What are your goals? Write your dreams down. Imagine they are here. One day they will be.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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