We know the importance of goal setting, but most times our goals are not measurable and clearly defined. You hear people say things like “I want to lose weight”, though losing weight is a goal it can be clearly defined if you add things like: “I want to lose weight, by eating healthy and exercising. When you compare both statements, the first one only states what you intend to do, the second one states what you intend to do and how you intend to do it.
According to a study on goal setting, people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve it than those who don’t. A group of students were about to graduate, and they were asked to set goals for themselves. Some didn’t set goals and some did without writing them down, but a small percentage in the group, wrote down their goals. After many years this same group of students were interviewed and some very astonishing was discovered. Those who set goals and never wrote them were earning twice as much as those who never set any goals, and those who set goals and wrote them down, were earning 10 times as much as those who set goals but never wrote them down.
Most people don’t bother to write down their goals, instead they float through life wondering why their plans never work out, and this is due to the fact that they don’t understand the importance of written down goals.
The secret of achieving your goals in life involves writing them down in a well-defined and clear manner, and in this article I will be looking at the importance of writing down clearly defined goals.
The importance of writing down goals
1. Serves as a reminder
Writing down your goals helps to remind you of what you are trying to achieve. Funny enough we forget so many good ideas without even realizing it, they vanish as soon as they pop up in our minds. One way to help keep this in check is to write down your ideas as soon as they pop into your mind. When you see the goals you have written down, you are reminded of your objective.
When we have something reminding us of what we plan to achieve there is every likelihood of doing that thing.
2. It’s a way of bringing your vision into reality
Our ideas will remain stuck in our minds until we write them down and commit to achieving them. Most people have lofty visions for their lives, but not until it is written down, they risk of not achieving their goals.
3. It can be used as a way of tracking your progress
In the process of achieving your goals is very important to keep track of progress made along the line. You should also keep track of your failures, that way you are likely not to repeat the mistakes that made you fail. When you have a record of the progress made in the process of achieving your goals, you will feel encouraged to try harder.
It will also help you to know what’s working that you should adopt and what’s not working that you should drop.
4. It helps you filter opportunities
As you begin to achieve success in certain areas of your life, you will find more opportunities coming your way. Sometimes these opportunities become a distraction that can push you off track. So to solve this problem you will need to evaluate your list of written down goals on a constant basis and put aside those things that might push you off course.