In 2011 I was 20 lbs overweight and in dire need to be more active. For a few years I had tried to get into better shape but never succeed in making it a habit or even an occurrence in my life.
That all changed when I took one simple step: I wrote my goals down.
I truly believe that it is not a goal unless it written down or printed out.
There have been a few studies around the link between writing goals down and accomplishing them. They may or may not be accurate but I can tell you from personal experience that when I started writing down my goals I started to see results.
Here are three reasons to set goals and write them out:
Setting goals motivates us to achieve our dreams.
When we see the concrete steps that we need to take in order to realize our dreams we begin to work harder to overcome the obstacles that block us.
When I wrote down the goal of working out for 30 minutes a day and eating only salad with some form of clean protein for lunch I began to take the steps to make them a reality.
I signed up for a gym. I bought huge bags of salad at Costco to guilt myself into eating it before it went bad.
I also wrote down the goals on a Post-it note and stuck it on the mirror in my bathroom so that every morning I saw my goals.
It was a powerful reminder of what I wanted to achieve in my life.
Setting goals help us to put a line in the sand
When we write down our dreams and form them into goals we declare our intention to achieve them, even if just to ourselves.
My wife and I love watching ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. A critical part in the journey towards a healthier life style is when trainer, Chris Powell, has the participant take off their shirt and declare their intention to change their life. Before all the viewers they draw a line in the sand and set their goal.
Setting goals give us something to measure our progress against
When we write down our goals we have something to measure our progress against. As humans we are motivated by making progress.
Progress is moving away from A and towards B. When we write down our goals we acknowledge where we are and where we want to be.
It is very powerful and tremendously motivational to see the incremental progress but we won’t see it unless we have set our goals down.
Take 5 minutes to think about the following:
· What is one personal goal that I would like accomplish this year?
· What is one family goal that I would like accomplish this year?
· What is one financial goal that I would like accomplish this year?