5 Places to Keep Your Goals and 2 Places you Shouldn’t

Guest post by Debra Eckerling :

I am so excited to start the new year on #DEBcember 1st.. You read that right. There’s no better time to look forward to a new, productive year, so why not #Start2021Now!

My mission is to help as many people as possible figure out what they want and how to get it. That is the purpose of the D*E*B METHODⓇ, as well as my book: Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals.

To start your 2021 on the right foot, please join me for a WNBA-LA goal-setting workshop and mixer at 7pm PT on December 2. Get your ticket.

Once you figure out your #GoalTopia, the first step in setting yourself up for success is to look at your goals regularly…

With that in mind, here are 5 places to keep your goals … and 2 places to avoid.

1. KEEP: On Your Mobile Phone. Create a graphic with your top goals to use as your cellphone wallpaper.

2. KEEP: On Your Computer. If you don’t want to post a graphic of your goals on your computer background – and announce them to all who walk by your desk – create a goals document with a shortcut on your computer’s desktop. Open the doc and review your goals at least once a day.

3. AVOID: Your Head. You can think about your goals all you want. That’s actually encouraged. But you must do more than that. If you can’t “see” your goals, unless you close your eyes, then you are missing something.

4. KEEP: In Your Office. Be creative. Post your goals somewhere inconspicuous – perhaps in the corner of a framed photo or written on a desk “toy” – but in your line of sight.

5. KEEP. In Your Wallet. Type up your goals, print it out small, and keep it in your wallet. Then whenever you go to open it, you can see your goals.

6. AVOID: The Bottom of a Drawer. Don’t hide your goals. The point isn’t to make wishes and hope something comes to fruition. You need to know your goals, since it will increase the possibility of turning them into reality.

7. KEEP: In Your Favorite Place. Where is your power zone? Do you have a special place you like to go to write? A man cave or a she shed? If you love to cook, maybe that place is your kitchen. Fan of yoga? Attach your goals to the corner of your mat. Hang your goals in a place of honor in the location that is most inside your comfort zone.

The clean slate that goes with the beginning of the year makes it the perfect opportunity to re-examine what you want, re-evaluate your mission, and set your priorities. Just keep those goals where you can see them. It greatly increases your chance of success.

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Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals. A writer, editor and project catalyst, as well as founder of the D*E*B METHOD and Write On Online, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages, host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat and #GoalChatLive, and a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.

* A version of this article first appeared on Writers on the Move.

A Special Invite from The BookFest Team!

WNBA-LA member Desiree Duffy invites the members of WNBA to do scary readings at her upcoming The BookFest®, Fall 2020.

Your “scary” reading can be from a creepy or suspenseful part of your book, from a WIP, flash fiction, or even a poem or something creative. The Reading Room is being sponsored by the LA Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and Vertikal Life Magazine.

Want to participate? Just record your video in advance and upload it to this One Drive folder.

 A few tips:

  • Videos are recommended to be no longer than 5 minutes. 
  • Feel free to dress in costume or use props.
  • Hold up your book to show the cover.
  • Do be aware of lighting, sound, and video quality. 

If you have tech questions, reach out to hello@labookfest.com. All videos are due by October 14th to ensure we have time to upload them all.

The videos will premiere with The BookFest® on Saturday, October 24th, and stay up on the site after the fest. They will also be uploaded to the Books That Make You YouTube Channel. The team will give the videos a big push shortly after The BookFest for the Halloween weekend. 

Take advantage of this FREE promotional opportunity and help celebrate the Halloween season.

Please subscribe to the channel, sign up for email alerts on all things BookFest on the website: www.TheBookFest.com, and subscribe to and share the Facebook event page:

Use the hashtags: #TheBookFest  #TheBookFestFall2020

Only Days Away!

Don’t miss out on the most exciting award ceremony of the year!  It may not be the Oscars, but book lovers everywhere will be tuning in this Sunday for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature!

The Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature is granted annually to works of literary excellence for 9 to 12-year-olds.

The award is in remembrance of Judy Lopez, a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, who was passionate about seeing children’s literature of quality recognized and rewarded.

Don’t miss the 35th-anniversary awards Sun, October 4 at 2 p.m. PST on YouTube!

Ask the Agent: Upcoming Virtual Event

Have questions that you would love to have answered by a literary agent?

WNBA-LA invites you to a special conversation between our chapter president Diana Giovinazzo, author of “The Woman in Red,” and her agent Johanna Castillo with Writers House, via Crowdcast on Saturday 9/26 @ 10 am.

Submit your agent-questions to WNBA-LA webinar coordinator Debra Eckerling (Info@TheDEBMethod.com) by Thursday, September 24, and get ready for an informative and enlightening conversation.

This event is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Please sign up using the eventbrite link here.

A portion of the proceeds will go to We Need Diverse Books.

For more info, visit the WNBA-LA facebook event.