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HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAROn December 12, 2013 I was about to embark on my best year ever.  I didn’t know it at the time.

All I knew is that I had an idea that would move me out of my comfort zone.

For years I’d talked about writing a book. Now was the time to stop talking and get it done.

Out Of The Comfort Zone

In my wildest dreams I didn’t foresee that within two years the book would be published, sell almost 3,000 copies and win a Canadian national award.

Your dreams and mine may not be the same but achieving them will follow a shared path.

I couldn’t shake the thought that the year would be great if I not only achieved my goal of writing a book, but did it with others who were mutually supportive.

What’s your dream? Let me be the nudge to start you on your best year ever.

The Steps

The first step was to write down my goal.

Then, to hold myself accountable and invite others into the process, I shared my goal with a few people who expressed an interest in writing.

“One of my goals is to organize a group of aspiring writers in North Pointe Community Church. To be mutually supportive in seeing each of us write and publish our 1st print book or eBook by the end of the year. To record and share our journey to help other aspiring writers in their journey.”

The Start

Nine days later five of us met at a Starbucks.

There was an energizing excitement about the possibilities and potential of such a group.

Each of us was a fledgling writer. We were equal parts aspiration and angst.

A group could provide support, encouragement and a level of accountability for our writing dreams.

The Committments

We committed to the following:

1. Read and apply the principles of Michael Hyatt’s book Platform.
2. Start a blog or Facebook page to publish our writing.
3. Hold a writers group meeting once a month for the rest of the year.
4. Record and share our process weekly.
5. Publish an eBook or print book by the end of the year.

The Outcomes

So how did we do?

ALL of us accomplished the first four goals.

NONE of us achieved the last one. But some of us accomplished it in 2015.

What did transpire was the production of a lot of writing.

SOME of us were published for the first time in national magazines.

EACH of us wrote more than we have ever written before.

Meaningful Progress Is Success

One thing we gained was seeing quantifiable, meaningful progress.

Reflecting back on my personal growth is like watching infants learning to walk.

Clinging to fixed objects for support.

Wobbly first steps.

Lots of falls.

Then the joy of staying on your feet, unassisted for more than a few steps.

My Personal Writing Goals For 2017

2014 was my best year for a lot of things. 2015 and 2016 have followed suit.

For 2017 I’ve committed to the following:

1. To write everyday and post twice a week.
2. To build North Pointe’s blogsite views to 10,000/month.
3. To enlarge my platform through Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
4. To be published in three national magazines.
5. To finish The Velveteen Pastor: A Journey To Becoming Real

Follow the pattern of written, smart goals, accountability, group support and make 2017 your best year ever!

The Writers Group

Over the years we’ve seen writers drop out of the group and a greater amount come into the group.

My associates inspire me with their aspirations.

Are you a writer? Why not join us. Thursday January 26th at 4:30pm is the next meeting at North Pointe.

Follow the group and see where their goals take them and YOU in 2017.

Ruth Johnstone
Author of “When Troubles Fall Like Lemondrops” / Entrepreneur / Facebook page

Alisha Jans-Lemoine
Writer / Blogger for Single Parents / Facebook page

Beth Ratzlaff
Published author / Fundraiser / Communicator

Charity Mongrain
Writer / Facebook page

Michael Voll
Pastor / Writer / Blogger @michaelvoll / michaelvoll.com

Dr. Ron Powell
Dad / Professor / YMI and Grad Studies Director / Speaker  @ronpowell47 / youthministryunleashed.com

Kathy Brown
Inner City Mercy and Justice Facebook page / Blogsite

Timothy D. Fowler
Writer / Photographer / Outdoorsman / World Traveler  @Timothydfowler / scribblesandsnaps.ca

Susan Glover
Life Coach / Blogger / John Maxwell Team

APPLICATION: What goals have you set for 2017? Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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