Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
Setting written goals is the single most powerful action one can take towards self-improvement, business, or anything which requires you to grow.
Many well-known and successful people attribute much of their success to having clearly defined goals.
As a human, you are shaped by your surroundings, your environment, the people who you surround yourself with. It’s a culmination of these things that make you who your are. Before all those, your life is a blank canvas, and through time, you are gradually shaped into who you are now.
Goals allow you to guide yourself along a path you want. As the saying goes, without a destination, any path will get you there.
Maybe you have not identified your goals yet, but have a few things in mind. Maybe you want to be at a certain position with your job in the next year, or want to own your own home someday, or retire early and travel. While those are a good start, they’re not quite clearly defined and more importantly, written goals.
The power of writing your goals is just as important as setting your goals. Your mind is like it’s own being. What you put in it, is a correlation to what you get out of it. By writing your goals down every single day, they start to become part of your identity and will impact your thoughts and actions every day.
If you were to just write your goals down once a year, they would slowly become a thought of the past. By writing your goals down every day, you’ll begin to notice that your mindset focuses on how to achieve those goals.
I’ve been writing my goals down every day for over two years now. Sometime they change and expand. Sometimes I add new goals to my life. By doing this simple step, I have experienced a shift in my mindset, actions and ultimately results.
You might not consider the power writing your goals down daily, because you don’t have time, or already feel that you have a vision for your future. Here are 3 reasons why writing your goals down are important:
- You’ll begin to subconsciously (read: easily) gravitate towards your goals. You mindset will shift, and your actions will reflect that mindset.
- By having clearing defined goals, you’ll have to make less decisions every day. You won’t be distracted by all the opportunities you come across that don’t promote your goals.
- You goals give you something to aim for. What fun would this life be if you didn’t look forward to something?
Here are some examples of how goal setting will help you. Say for instance your goal is to save $10,000 for a down payment for your first house. Once you have written that goal down, it becomes real in your mind. So the next time you think about upgrading your perfectly fine 3 year old car for a newer model, the thought of that goal to buy a house comes to you mind, and you consider the impact that new car would have on your goal.
Let’s look at another scenario. Say your goal is to visit a new country next summer. This is the place you’ve always dreamed of – your bucket list destination. Mine is Thailand. Write that down. Set a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Real, Time-bound goal (SMART) goal. Once you do that, you’ll find yourself looking up the weather in that destination for the month you’ll be there. You’ll research the currency, culture, places to go, things to try. It will become a real event in your mind. You’ll search for flights, hotels, etc. You’ll tell your friends and family. The next thing you’ll know, you will have booked your flight and made reservations through Air BNB. All of a sudden that goal is now a reality!
This is the power of goal setting – turning dreams into reality. The crazy part is it doesn’t even take much extra work. Your subconscious does most of the work, and through disciplined action, you will achieve your goal.
Realize that your goals will change, because you will change. It’s ok to change your goals – expand them, update them, etc. Understand that you might not achieve your goal in the time you thought you could. That’s ok. Simply make another plan, and stay focused on achieving you goal.
I encourage you make daily goal writing a part of your routine. When setting your goals, challenge yourself. You’re capable of more than you know, when faced with a challenge.
With that, I have a challenge for you. I challenge you to write down your goals every day for the next 30 days. And when you’ve done that, let me know. I’ll have something for you. I don’t yet know what that will be. It might be unique for each person. Simply go to my website at www.JacobAyers.com and click the contact.