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Being able to describe your goals specifically, in written form, will give you the best chance of goal success.  You are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.  Writing down your goals forces you to clarify exactly what you want to achieve, and by when, which helps guide your daily actions towards goal achievement. 

Written down goals are more powerful than goals you keep in your mind.  But writing down your goals is the first step towards your goal achievement.  Achieving your goals takes courage, commitment and motivation.  Taking the time to write down your goals in the morning and review them at night, will ensure you make real progress towards your goals every day. 

Writing down your goals forces you to get clear on what you want to accomplish.  This intentional process provides motivation and helps you to focus on activities that are important each day, rather than reacting. 

When you define your goals, you give yourself a destination to reach and daily direction.  This ensures you don’t get distracted and overwhelmed. 

In this article I’m going to share why a written goal is more powerful, what happens when you write down your goals and the importance of writing down your goals.  Not writing down your goals is one of the most common goal setting mistakes.  Discover the most common goal setting mistakes and how you can avoid them.  

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

What happens when you write down your goals 

You are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.  Writing down your goals helps you clarify what you want to achieve in the future, and ensures you are emotionally and intellectually engaged in achieving your goal.  

Writing down your goals doesn’t need to take long, but should form an essential part of your successful morning routine.

Taking the time to write down your goals gets you clear on what you want to accomplish each day and builds motivation and momentum.  When you are crystal clear on your goals, you become emotionally engaged in goal achievement.

Writing down your goals helps you visualise the future you want and clarifies what it would feel like to achieve your goals.

If you write down your goals you have a clear picture of where to invest your time and energy each day, which boosts confidence, motivation and excitement. 

The result?

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.

Read also:

6 benefits of setting short-term goals 

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 can visually see the goal and understand the difference it will make in your life.  When we see something clearly it creates change in how we act as we have clarity and direction.  We are then more likely to be productive and creative if we can identify how the goal achievement will transform our life.

Read more about the benefits of goal setting

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 setting a 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 goals, and taking action daily are essential, but writing down your goals is the first place to start.

The importance of writing down your goals 

Here are 5 benefits of writing down your goals.

1. 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. 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 reason?

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. Narrows 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. Greater productivity

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 and increases productivity.

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. Measure 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.


Writing down your goals helps you describe your goals vividly ensuring you intellectually engage and emotionally commit to achieving goals that are important to you.

The ability to write down your goals and focus on goal achievement every day is strongly associated with goal success.

Writing down your goals not only forces you to get crystal clear about what you want, the act of setting goals in written form increases your commitment and focus to actually achieving your goals.

Now I’d love to hear from you. 

What one difference could writing down your goals make? 

What one tip on goal setting can you share that has helped you the most? 

Leave a comment below and let us know.

Other goal setting articles 

Goal setting: how to set and achieve your goals 

The importance of setting measurable goals 

SMART Criteria: How to set SMART goals 

How to achieve goals: 8 tips to help you achieve your goals 

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