Goals are really important in life, and everyone has them So why is it so important to write your goals down?
And how does writing them down, actually make them happen?
Have you ever heard this saying – “A goal without a plan is just a wish”?
Here are my top reasons why writing your goals down is really important. And also why writing them down makes them real:
Writing Down Your Goals Gives You A Destination.
If you can define your goals well enough to be able to write them down, then it gives more clarity to where you are actually headed.
Until your goals are written out, they tend to remain undefined; a bit airy-fairy and up in the sky. You might have some kind of vague idea of what you want, but if you’re not sure exactly what your goal is, then how on earth will you know how to get there?
Writing your goal down is all part of the process of giving your vague notions some well-defined edges, and this then leads on to the next reason in my list:
Writing Down Your Goals Gives You A Starting Point.
Once you know your destination, you can know where to start. If you know your destination, then you can create your road map for getting there.
The best way to do this is to break your big goal down into smaller, more manageable chunks, and then work on them one thing at a time. Sometimes we can be pretty overwhelmed by a big goal. But turning the whole process into several steps can work wonders for our self-confidence, and in the belief that we can actually achieve what we set out to.
Writing Down Your Goals Gives You Focus.
Let’s just say you are practicing your archery. You have a bow and an arrow, but no target. What will you shoot at? And if you do pick a random target, why did you choose that one?
It’s the same with your goals. If you can’t define them well enough to be able to write them down, then how on earth can you be absolutely sure what you are aiming for? How can you know for certain what you are trying to achieve?
Being able to be specific enough about your goal that you can write it down in one sentence, narrows your focus enough that you can be sure exactly what you are aiming for.
Writing Down Your Goals Gives You Motivation.
You see, once you have defined this big thing you want to achieve, and gained self-confidence and belief by making the steps smaller, you can then have the motivation to get going with making your dreams happen.
It’s like if I give my kids the job of tidying the living room after they’ve been playing there, they just can’t even get started. Especially if they have been let loose in there and everything is everywhere. It’s too big for them. Their brains can’t handle how much they have to do, and they don’t know where to begin.
If I break it down for them, and give them one instruction at a time, they are able to follow those instructions. They then tackle the task one step at a time. I have broken it down into small chunks, and might get one person to put the cushions back in their places. Maybe I’ll get someone else to tidy up the puzzles, and someone else to vacuum. And before the kids know it, the job which seemed impossible, is all done.
It’s the same with us. Break your big mission down into bite sized pieces. Be realistic. If I have the goal of making $50,000 dollars a month and I’m currently earning $1,000, my goal might sound a bit unrealistic, even to myself. And if I don’t believe myself, I won’t be achieving that goal.
Break it down into realistic chunks. Start with the goal of earning an extra few hundred and month and when you’ve hit that target, give yourself another one to aim for.
Tackle one thing at a time, and before you know it you’ll be well on your way to reaching your destination.
Writing Down Your Goals Changes Your Beliefs About Yourself.
It’s a weird thing, but according to a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coach I had, once you ask questions of yourself, your subconscious brain actually starts looking for answers.
If you want something, but it seems totally unrealistic, how about this? Stop saying that it’ll never work, and stop thinking that you can’t do it because (insert reason here).
How about we rephrase it? Instead of coming up with reasons why something is impossible, how about we ask ourselves how we should go about working towards it?
My NLP coach assured me that once we ask the right question, underneath the surface our brain starts to try and find the answer.
And it’s true. It really is.
One example for us, is that when Brent and I got married, he wanted to work from home in order to give us a bit more flexibility. We had no idea what he could do, but we put it out there that this was our goal.
An opportunity came a couple of months later, and he built that business up whilst still working full time. And then six months later, when he was earning enough from that to pay the bills, he quit his job and has been working from home ever since.
Writing Down Your Goals Gives You Something By Which To Measure Your Progress.
As you achieve your goals, or your smaller steps leading to your big desire, you can tick them off along the way. Then you have something to look back on and you get to see how far you have come.
About three years ago, I wrote down a list of 22 things I wanted to achieve.
I looked back at that list recently and saw that I have already accomplished about 15 out of the 22 things. I think that’s pretty good going.
But it’s all because I wrote them down. Writing down my goals brought them out of the realms of my thought-world, and gave them well-defined edges. It gave them feet instead of wings. And then somehow, even though I had forgotten what I’d written down all that time ago, evidently my subconscious hadn’t, because so many of those goals have been reached already.
Writing Down Your Goals Will Inspire You For The Future.
When you write down your goals, and then get to look back and see how far you have come, you start to develop confidence in your dreams.
You realise that with a effort and determination, you can achieve pretty much anything you set your mind to. And then you have the confidence to believe that your next goal will be attainable, too.
And before you know it, you’ll be soaring and flying.
All because you decided to write down your goals.
Try it for yourself and see where it takes you. You have nothing to lose by doing it. But what you will gain is a destination, a starting point, a road map, motivation, self-belief, a way of measuring your progress, and inspiration for the future.
Last but not least, here’s a little check-list for goal setting.
Make sure your goals are:
Good luck, and have fun with it!
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