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“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”—Napoleon Hill

A goal is a dream with a deadline

I’m a dreamer. I have a list a mile-long of books I want to write, places I want to visit, and ideas I want to chase. Sure, some of them are byproducts of Shiny Bright Object Syndrome, but many of them are things I’ve been dreaming about for years. And the list keeps getting longer as I add new ideas without crossing any off. (A bit like my TBR pile, if I’m honest.)

One of the first phrases I learned in Spanish was “un día de éstos.” One of these days. It sums up my attitude to a lot of my projects. I’m going to write a fairytale retelling series—one of these days. One of these days, I want to visit Spain. Someday I’m going to learn to fly.

Are you sensing the pattern here? I have all these things I want to do, but I’ve never pinpointed when I want to do them. If I’m going to get these things done, then I need to give myself a deadline and set a plan in motion.

This month’s issue is all about goal setting and defining your idea of success, along with systems to help you stay on track. And if this still feels outside your comfort zone, our mindset article will help you get into the business mindset.

So I’m sitting down with my Dream List, and the lessons I’ve learned from these articles, and making a plan for 2022. Because it’s time I stop saying “un día de éstos” and start writing that fairytale series. And who knows, maybe Spain is in my future too.

Robyn Sarty

Managing Editor


  • Robyn Sarty

    As a managing editor at Indie Author Magazine, Robyn Sarty brings over a decade of experience as an editor and proofreader. She is the author of two novels and several short stories, and manages her own publishing company. She loves helping other authors with their books and can often be found nerding out over story elements with her friends. She spent five years as a project coordinator for an international engineering firm, and now uses those skills to chase writers instead of engineers and hopes it will be good training for her first marathon. Growing up as a third culture kid, books were the one constant in her life, and as such, Robyn believes that books are portals to the magic that lies within, and authors are wielders of that magic. She also admits to being a staunch, loyal, and unabashed supporter of the Oxford comma.


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