How to Achieve your Goals by Writing them Down
Years ago, I was working with my mentor and she asked me to write down 10 goals, more like wishes. Really big dreams! The purpose was to bring my goals from the back of my brain to the front of it by putting them on paper. I wrote them down and gave them to her. I forgot about the exercise, 3 months later I really couldn’t have told you what I had written down.
Fast forward to a year later. I received and envelope in the mail, addressed to me, in my own handwriting. I was super confused and had no idea what it was. I opened it up and it was the 10 goals I had written out the year before! As I started to read the piece of paper I got goose bumps and was starting to freak out. I had achieved 8 out of those 10 goals!!! That’s insane!! I was shocked and so excited!! To this day I believe I achieved those goals because I wrote them down on paper, I took my dreams from the back of my head and put them in the front! And I became more aware of the opportunities that would come up on a daily basis that would allow me to make my dreams a reality.
Now, you might be wondering why do you need to do this. Well here’s a fun fact…only 3% of people write down their goals. Why is that? Writing down your goals makes you more accountable and that can be scary because that means you actually need to do something about that thought you’ve now transferred to paper. But, remember the law of attraction! What you put out there is what you get back. So once you write down these goals, share them with friends and family or post them on social media opportunities and doors will begin to open all around you. And that is where it’s all about you! Will you take those opportunities or will you let them pass you by.
When I first did this exercise I just wrote things down all willy nilly without any organization or strategy. Now, when I do this I have a whole plan and I’m going to share that with you.
Let’s start with how you will write down your goals. You will write them to be achieved in a year from now or a specific amount of time. You will also write them in the present tense. So here is an example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds in a year you will write down “I have lost 40 pounds” as one of your goals.
Are you ready to begin? Let’s do this as you read…
First category is Fitness…go ahead and write down your goals for the next year. They can be whatever you want them to be. There are no limitations, think big, dream bigger!
Next up is Faith…this can be just for your or for you and your family.
Then we have Career…this is a big one. You can write down that you want to work less, own your own business, become a general manager, change positions, etc. If you own your own business this can be where you write down how you want your business to grow, change, turn into, etc.
Next up we have Finances…what would you like to be making in a year? Do you have student loans that you would like paid off?
Here’s one of the most important categories, Family. This can be just for you, for you and your husband, your entire family. Maybe you want to make sure that date night is a priority or that you have family dinners together most nights of the week.
Then there is Recreation/Fun…vacations, hobbies, etc.
And last there is the Anything Else category…this can be conferences, training events you want to attend, books you want to read, organizing your house, etc.
Just dump all of this on paper.
So you’ve written all of this down and now what? Obviously, you can’t do everything on your list so you need to narrow it down somehow. This is how…
Choose your top 2-3 priorities/categories in life. Your absolute most important things, nothing gets in the way of these things. For me, my top category is Family, it’s my everyday goal to be a present mom and I create my other goals around this one making sure that my family isn’t compromised so that I can achieve something else. This is super, super important because you can definitely achieve other goals that don’t a line with your top priorities, but you won’t be happy.
Now that you have your top 2-3 categories narrowed down you can create your list of 10 goals. Remember you will write them in the present tense and they will be for a year from now or a very specific time from now.
And once you are done just do a double check to make sure that your 10 goals a line with your priorities.
You’ve heard it before but you need to put these somewhere that you see them everyday. What I like to do is put them on a poster sized sticky note and put them on the wall in my office. This step is super important because there are going to be days when you don’t feel like doing the things that will help you reach your goals and you will need a reminder!
So there ya go! Exactly, how to write down your goals for a year so that can and will achieve them.
What’s next? Breaking down those 10 goals and working on them for a short period of time. You can break the year down in quarters or every 60 days. Take a goal or two and give it your all for that period of time. And I mean your ALL!! You gotta go all IN to make things happen!
Thanks for reading this and I hope it helps you in your goal setting journey! Would love to hear your feedback or answer any questions you might have over on my Facebook page here or feel free to email me at SullinsFitness@gmail.com.
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