A lot of people just plow through life aimlessly, with no goals or ambitions. That’s a pretty sad way to live because it might make you feel like you lack purpose in the world – even if you don’t.
And some people have goals, but they aren’t specific – or maybe even realistic. They aren’t true goals, they’re just wishes.
Very few people actually have clear goals with actionable steps, written down on paper. And doing this simple step can mean the difference between a goal-setter and a goal-getter.
Also, it’s not just about writing down what you want. You can’t just pick up a sheet of paper and write “I want to be rich” or “I want to lose weight” and then just put the paper away, never looking at it again.
You should write down something more specific, like “I want to make X amount a year, doing what I love” or “I want to lose X pounds.”
It should be a specific goal, not just a general one. And you should review your goals regularly. That’s another huge part of this. Don’t just write them down and forget them. You have to consistently check them to make sure they get done.
And giving yourself a series of smaller, actionable goals (with a deadline) helps even more! This way, your big scary monsters (huge goals) are broken down into cute little monsters (actionable steps) and that’s much easier to deal with, right? Plus the deadline will give you a target to be aiming for, and put more pressure on you to actually get. stuff. done.
Here are some ways that I believe writing down your goals will benefit you, and help you achieve them:
It will make your goals more clear to you.
Writing down your goals makes them more specific. It forces you to be more clear about exactly what it is that you want. You’ll know exactly what it is that you want, and when you want it. And seeing all of the steps you need to take to achieve that goal will help you see exactly what you should be doing to reach it.
It will help you keep them in mind.
Our goals and dreams can be fleeting, especially if we get distracted. Sometimes we have 935,383 things going on and we don’t always remember every single thing we’re meaning to do. Writing down all of your goals daily, weekly, monthly, and/or yearly, can help you with this problem. This will also get rid of the clutter in your brain to help you focus better without having to remember all of the things you want or need to do.
It will help hold you accountable.
Obviously, if you just think of a goal and then just let it set on the back burner, you’re way more likely to just forget about it. But if you write the goal down and constantly review it, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable. If you see that there is something you should have done and you haven’t done it yet, you’re forced to face it and it gives you more of a sense of responsibility.
It will keep you more motivated.
When you write down your goals (with steps you need to take to achieve them) it makes you feel more motivated to take action. Whenever I whip out my list of goals to review them and notice that there are things that I haven’t done yet, that’s usually what makes me want to start working to get them done. The satisfaction of working towards your goals and/or achieving them is ah-maz-ing.
It will help you stay on track.
Again, if you regularly review them, this will help you stay on track towards achieving them. When you sit down to review them and you see that there’s something that you forgot to do or need to get done, you’ll be way more likely to actually do it than you would’ve been if you hadn’t reviewed your goals.
It will help you see + track your progress.
Sometimes, when we don’t see the progress that we’re making, we get discouraged. But sometimes you might be making progress even if it doesn’t seem like it. When you write down your goals and review them, you can visually see how far you’ve come. This will be more encouraging for you and you’ll be more likely to stick with them until they’re accomplished.
Do you write your goals down? If so, what are some of the benefits that you feel like it gives you?
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