If you start writing down your goals, your life will change.
When you commit to writing down your goals daily, your life will transform.
If you can commit to doing it first thing in the morning, every single day, and then reviewing your achievements at the end of each day, you’ll make real progress every day.
Most people have no clear focus for their day.
They react to their situation, rather than creating their day based on what’s most important,
They get distracted, rather than being clear and focused on their goals.
But what could happen if you started your day by writing down your goals?
How do you think this simple habit would impact your focus, productivity and creativity?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
How to focus on your goals
The best way to create a productive day is to be clear and simple about where you want to focus your time and energy.
Writing down your goals doesn’t need to take long, but should form part of your morning routine.
So you are clear on what you want to achieve that day.
When you are crystal clear on your goals, you become emotionally engaged in the achievement of the goal.
You visualise what it would feel like to achieve the goal.
This gives you the confidence, clarity and motivation to take the daily steps needed to achieve your goals.
Your behaviour will be different.
A feeling of abundance will be created
You’ll feel greater gratitude for what you have achieved.
You’ll have more time freedom.
Why should you write your goals down?
Writing down your goals helps create a vision in your mind of how you want to be in the future.
You may have a thought of what you want to achieve, but unless you write down that goal and commit to it emotionally and intellectually it is just a mere wish.
Why is a written goal more powerful?
Studies show that goal setters achieve their goals.
People who write down their goals when goal setting are even more likely to have success getting to where they want to go.
There’s a brain-to-hand connection that comes into effect.
Writing down your goals down plants the goal in your brain, and once it’s there, it sticks.
Benefits of writing down your goals
Most people don’t bother to write down their goals.
Others have goals but they are more a wish, as they have no deadlines or measurements attached to the goal.
If you don’t have specific, measurable goals it’s easy to drift, feel scattered and lack motivation to take action.
Writing down your goals is the start of the process.
Committing to achieving the goal, and taking action daily are essential, but writing down your goals is a great place to start.
Here are 5 benefits of writing down your goals.
1. It helps you get clear on what you want
Clarifying your future is an essential capability.
If you’re not clear what you want, or where you want to go, you’ll lack direction.
Lack of direction means lack of focus.
If you have no focus, it’s easy to get distracted and spend time on activities that simply aren’t important to you.
When you have no destination in mind, how do you know when you get there?
Writing down your goals narrows your focus.
It forces you to choose specific goals that are important to you and filter out things, activities and people that aren’t.
2. It helps you stay motivated
Writing down your goals, and making progress daily, helps you stay on track and feeling motivated.
But, if you just write down your goals and don’t action, you won’t get anywhere.
The goals weren’t exciting and motivating enough for you to take action.
There was no intentionality behind achieving the goal.
You didn’t want to achieve the goal badly enough.
In order to stay motivated, it’s essential to set exciting goals and then take action.
Writing down your goals. reviewing progress and then laying out the next action step will help keep you motivated.
3. It helps narrow your focus
Goal setting helps narrow your focus.
We live in a world of opportunity meaning we have an abundance of choices.
Without clear goals we can jump from activity to activity and become easily distracted and scattered.
Rather than having a clear plan and path to follow, our time, energy and focus can get pulled off course unless we have clarity around our goals.
Having a small number of specific, measurable goals allows us to focus only on what is crucially important to us.
4. It gives you realistic time frames to work towards
When writing down your goals it’s essential to have a deadline to achieve the goal in.
This deadline increases focus and gives you something specific to work towards.
It also helps you manage time more effectively.
Without a deadline, there is nothing specific to shoot for.
When you set a deadline, your brain takes the goal seriously.
With a deadline, you can begin to break achieving the goal down into specific action steps.
When writing down your goals, make sure the goal and deadline is challenging and exciting, but also achievable.
5. It allows you to celebrate progress
When working towards your goals, it’s essential to measure, and celebrate, progress along the way.
If you don’t feel like you’re making the progress you want, start measuring progress backwards from where you started.
Even if the progress feels small, any improvement is progress towards your goals.
When you write down your goals and review progress daily or weekly, you will see how far you’ve come.
If you don’t, it may feel like no progress has been made.
The next time you set goals for your business and life, the first place to start is to write them down.
Over to you.
Do you write your goals down?
If you do, how has it helped you?
Let me know in the comments.
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