We all have goals. In fact, chances are you spend a great deal of time hearing about the importance of goal setting in your life if you want to be successful. There are so many different approaches to and philosophies about goal setting out there. However, if there is one thing that all authorities on goal setting can likely agree on, it is the fact that writing down your goals is essential if you really want to make them come true. If you haven’t started doing this, there is no better time than the present to start. Here are just a few of the reasons why writing down your goals can actually help you achieve them.
It Can Help You Really Figure Out What Your Goals Are
Everyone has goals, but actually focusing in on what your real goals are and what the most important goals in your life really are, is actually harder than it seems. When you write down your goals you can really take a look at them, realize what parts of your goals may not be as important as you thought, or see what elements of your “goals” may need to be tweaked.
It Helps You Visualize
One of the most important components of goal setting and achievement is visualization. If you have your goals written down and put in a place where you can see them every day, it is going to be much easier to visualize those goals. Perhaps your goal is to buy a new Jeep. If you see a message saying “I will own a Jeep” every day, it is going to make it easier for your to visualize your life with that car and to motivate yourself to work harder towards obtaining that goal.
It Can Make Your Goal Measurable
One of the keys to writing down your goals is making sure they are specific. If you write down your goals, it is much easier to make these goals measurable. You may think that you want to make a certain amount of money in your future, but if you write down “I want to make six-figures by age 35.” This is much more specific and measurable and it will help you stay focused on your goal and what you need to do to accomplish it. Every goal should have a deadline.
It Will Keep You Focused
One of the biggest obstacles to achieving any goal is being distracted. Write down your goal and put it somewhere you can see it every day. This is one of the best ways to help you stay focused and motivated to reach your goals, even when distractions may come your way. The more specific your goals are, the more motivated and focused you will likely be when you look at this milestone each and every day.
Writing down your goals is an important first step towards actually making these goals a reality. If you haven’t started writing down your goals yet, there is no better time to start doing it. This can make a major difference between having something be a goal and having it be part of your reality.