Writing down your goals are very important when it comes to the goal setting process. “But, why?”, you may ask.
It is easy to think that having your goals all figured in your mind makes achievement certain. Let’s consider our every new year’s eve ritual- new year resolutions.
Now, try to recall how many resolutions you made for this year have been actualized at the moment and evaluate the chances of achieving them by the end of the year.
Let’s face the facts!
- 25 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
- 60 percent of people abandon them within six months. (The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success.)
A conclusive research by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor in California proved the effectiveness of writing down goals. In this study, participants who wrote down their goals achieved more than those who did not.
It would be a costly mistake to drift through life not knowing what you wanted out of it, let alone take the necessary steps to achieving it. You can make your life more goal directed and purposeful by committing yourself to your dreams by writing them down and coming up with an action plan to make it a reality.
Here are some reasons for writing goals down:
1. Writing your goals help your clarify and specify what you really want. Translating thoughts into words make the thoughts more concrete.
2. Writing your goals makes you committed to fulfilling them
3. Writing serves as a constant reminder of what you intend to achieve and what you can do each day to make it a reality
4. Writing helps you see, evaluate and celebrate your progress which boosts your confidence.
5. Writing keeps you reminded of your goals. The palest ink is better that the sharpest memory
6. Writing your goals help you visualize them, the steps and obstacles on the way to achieving them. With this, better preparation can be made to remove the obstacles.
Now that you may have been convinced of the need to write your goals, examine some of the goals you have thought of. It may relate to your personality,your job, your career, your family, your finances, etc.
WRITE THEM DOWN!
Of course, writing your goals is not an end, but a means to an end. It is only an initial phase in the goal setting process. Soon we will consider how to write down your goals.. Stay tuned
Have you ever committed your goals to writing?
You not only become your thoughts, you become your written words!
Please share one or two of your goals with me either by commenting or sending an email on [email protected]
Together we can achieve more!