Sherry A. Phillips

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Why You Should Write Down Your Goals

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Have you written down your goals? You should!

This morning I was reading the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s Thought for the Day and they told this story:

Many years ago, the commencement speaker at a prestigious university asked all members of the graduating class who had a definite plan for their lives to hold up their hands. As he looked around the room, only three hands were raised. Twenty-five years later, when the class held a reunion, the combined net worth of those three individuals exceeded that of the remainder of the class. People who know where they are going always achieve far greater levels of success than those who merely drift through life, expecting circumstances to create opportunities for them. Successful people create their own opportunities by focusing on goals with an intensity that borders on obsession. In this way, every action moves them toward their goal.

I have only recently started to write down my goals again after years of not doing so. I wish I never stopped.

Not anymore. I’ve started goal setting again and I’ve written down my goals. I’m already starting to see progress toward achieving them.

Most people don’t write down their goals. They choose to drift through life and never stop to examine why they feel their life has no purpose or direction.

Writing down your goals is not the reaching the finish line, but it goes a long way to getting you started in the race.

Reasons why you should start writing down your goals:

1. Clarity – If you got in your car and started driving, but had no idea where you were going or how to get there, where do you think you’d end up? Would you even know if you arrived at your destination? Writing down your goals gives you a destination and with a destination in mind, you can map out a road to get you there.

2. Motivation to take Action – Writing your goals down is the beginning, but it’s not enough. You can write down that you’re going to travel to Key West, but unless you find out where Key West is, what route you should take, what kind of clothes you’ll need once you get there, where you’ll stay and make preparations for the trip, you’ll never arrive. You must take action and reading over your goals can help motivate you to take that action.

3. It will help you weed out what’s not important – Opportunities to divert your attention away from your goal will inevitably show up. They always do. That’s life. When you have your goals written down, it will help you keep your focus on where you are headed. When some diversion presents itself, you can ask yourself: “Will this help me achieve my goal?” If the answer is no, then skip it!

4. Overcome resistance – Anyone who has ever pursued a goal will tell you that you will encounter obstacles on your road to success. I always tell myself that it is God asking me, “How bad do you want it?” If you focus on the obstacle in your path, instead of the goal, the obstacle will grow until you feel as though you cannot get past it. Keep your gaze focused on the goal and you will find that some way, some how, you will figure out a way to get around, over, under or through the obstacle.

5. You can monitor your progress – Life can be hard and sometimes, when we look at things day to day, we forget just how much progress we have made. You may think you’re not seeing progress, but in reality, when you look back, you can see that you have made small incremental steps toward your goal. It empowers you and makes you feel as though you can do anything.

Today, take an hour or so and write down your goals. Once you see them in writing, make your plan on how to reach them and take action.

You’ll be glad you did.

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2 Replies

  1. Totally agree, Great post! I recently started to write my goals in evernote and in a note book, I am see great change in my lifestyle.

    1. sherry

      Fantastic! I know Michael Hyatt uses Evernote. I need to start using it too!

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