Ok, after the previous post, maybe you’re convinced to form some goals for the year. Perhaps you’ll start to mull over some of your unrealized dreams on your daily commute. Maybe you even spend some quite time thinking about what you want to accomplish this year. This thinking phase is great, but it shouldn’t be the only thing that you do when it comes to forming goals.
I’ve learned a powerful secret about goal setting. There is one practice, perhaps above all others, that adds power to my goals. Without it, my goals seem to vaporize within the first few weeks of the year. The absence of this one procedure almost certainly destines our goals to fail. But with it, we are positioned and empowered to reach our goals.
What if you discovered that one particular action will propel you toward your goals? What if that action was costly, say approximately $250 per goal? Would you sign up? Would you pay good money to actually gain an edge on achieving all you want to achieve this year? It’s a good question to ask. Let’s say your goal is to lose 25 pounds this year, would you pay $250 in order to shift your odds from maybe to most-likely? That’s $10 per pound!
Well, the good news is that the one action that I’m talking about doesn’t cost $250. As a matter of fact, it won’t cost you a dime! The one action that will give you an edge on goal setting (and achieving) is, drum roll…. To actually write out your desire goals.
I know, it seems too simple. Too straight forward. Too cheap! But, I’ve learned that the simple act of writing down my goals is a huge step toward success.
There is something quite powerful about actually writing down our goals. When we put pen to paper, things start to happen! Just because it is free, don’t discount the power of writing down your goals.
Here’s six reasons to write out your goals:
1) Writing out your goals gets you focused on what you actually want to achieve. The process of composing a sentence or statement that encapsulates your thoughts on a goal helps you gain clarity on exactly what you want to accomplish.
2) The physical, kinesthetic action of writing down your goals with pen and paper creates a greater connection between you and your thoughts about your goals. It activates your sense of touch and sight to connect with the sponsoring thoughts for your goal.
3) Writing your goals establishes a sense of commitment that does not exist if you just do some focused thinking about your dreams and desires.
4) Writing your goals enables you to be accountable for them. Studies show that when we share our goals with a trusted friend, we’re more likely to succeed. You can’t easily or accurately share your goals if they aren’t written.
5) Writing your goals creates a way for you to periodically review them to gauge your progress as you work toward your goals. Reviewing your goals on a periodic basis helps you to sustain a focused effort over the long haul. Having a physical piece of paper containing your goals helps you to keep it in a conspicuous place to help keep your goals top-of-mind.
6) Writing out your goals empowers you, the goal setter. The process actually energizes you to envision and commit to reaching the goal.
Writing out your goals is a simple activity, but this simple practice is powerful! In my next post, we’ll dig into the best way to structure your goals when you write them.