Do you want to know the secret to accomplishing what matters most to you? Are there goals that you have been trying to achieve without success? One of the key actions you need to do before you can embark on your journey to achieve your goals, is to ensure that you are writing them down. Writing goals down ensures that your goals do not end up jumbled up, vague, confused, contradictory, deficient, or forgotten.
If you have goals, isn’t that what counts? Do you really need to write them down?
Here are five reasons why writing down your goals is an important step to achieving them:
- Writing down your goals will force you to clarify what you want
Writing down the goal lets you think about the steps involved in order to achieve the overall goal. Seeing it down on paper makes the goal CLEAR.
- Writing down your goals will motivate you to take action
Articulating your intention is important, but it is not enough. You must execute your goals. You have to take action. Sometimes your goal may seem like it is too big of an undertaking. You can make this goal seem more manageable by creating smaller focused goals that will lead you in the direction of the larger overall goal.
- Writing down your goals will provide a filter for other opportunities
The more successful you become, the more you will be faced with other opportunities. In fact, these new opportunities can quickly become distractions that pull you off course. By having your goals on paper, you can review them on a regular basis to ensure you don’t get off track. It will help you keep your laser focus on what is important.
- Writing down your goals will help you overcome resistance
From the moment you write down your goal, it becomes visible and tangible. You can almost begin to feel it. There will be moments filled with challenges and difficulties. The most rewarding goal achievements tend to be the hardest to achieve. Do not focus on the resistance, it will make it stronger. Focus on the Goal, on the why you want to achieve it and let that pull you through the challenges. Read your goals on a regular basis to keep you motivated.
- Writing down your goals will enable you to measure and celebrate your progress
Life is hard. It is particularly difficult when you aren’t seeing progress. Written goals are like mile-markers on a highway. They enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide an opportunity for celebration when you obtain them. Make sure you celebrate your progress. You worked hard for it.
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