A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and a fantasy. It has no energy behind it.
Do you have written goals? If you answer “no” to this question, you are not alone. 90% of people do not have written goals.
Writing down your goals is one of the most important things you should do to achieve whatever it is you want in life. I remember before starting this blog I have written down that I want to add value to people, to inspire people, to make other people’s lives better and learn from other people as well. Writing down these goals motivates me and forces me to take action and make something happen. The result is this blog.
Of course, most people don’t bother to write down their goals. Instead, they drift through life, wondering why they lack purpose and significance. Without written goals, life will be like a boat without a rudder, with no sense of direction and in the end, capsize without ever achieving anything.
Have you ever gone to the supermarket to buy grocery items without a list? Well, me and my wife are guilty of that because we always think that everything we need is on our head and we don’t need a list. So what happened is we spend more time shopping because we need to think over and over again just to remember what to buy. So we wasted time and also money because we bought something we don’t need. Having goals and not writing them down is like shopping without a list.
Writing down your goals does a number of things for you:
- It will help you develop a clear sense of direction. Imagine setting out on a trip with no particular destination in mind. You just drive to an unknown territory with no road signs and no map with you. You have no choice but to make it up as you go along, reacting and responding to whatever happens and hoping for the best. You end up on someplace that is nowhere near where you want to go. Instead, you have to pick your destination and bring a map with you. In life, your written goals serve as a map so you always know where you are and where you want to go.
- It will motivate you to take action. Writing down your goal is just the beginning, you have to articulate your intention. You must execute on your goals. You have to take action. I personally experience it that every time I write my goals down, I am forced to do something to achieve it.
- It will enable you to see your progress. Life has pressures and circumstances. It is particularly difficult if you aren’t seeing any progress. You feel like you are working so hard but going nowhere. But written goals are like road markers on a highway. They enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. For me starting this blog is a milestone. Every time I finish a post I feel a sense of accomplishment. I am closer to my goals.
Every sport has a goal. Imagine watching a basketball game without a hoop, basket or ring. Ten players are running after the ball, passing and dribbling it. But without a basket to shoot, they have no purpose, no sense of direction, no one can score and no team will win the game. No goal means no game. This is also true in our life, if there’s no goal there is no game.
Write down your goals today. It won’t take that long. You can write anything on a paper and then refine it as you go. You will find that the benefits are worth the effort.
Question: Do you have written goals? Can you add more reasons why we should write down our goals? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.
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