I’m a strong believer in setting goals. I think they help give us passion and allow us to see what we are really made of, but more times than not we will set goals but never actually achieve them. The problem is that we set the goal in our head but never write it down or actually take steps towards achieving them. This is the kryptonite to our goals.
Forbes did a study and found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goal just by writing it down. The reason this percentage is so high is because when we think about goals or dreams in our life we are using the right/imaginative side of our brain, but when we write it down you are now also using the left/logic-based side of your brain. I won’t bore you with the science behind it but in a nut shell when you use both sides of your brain it helps bring your goal into the realm of possibility for you and now you are more likely to achieve it.
Once I started writing my goals down I realized I was actually achieving them. Writing them down helped me to see the bigger picture as well as take my big goal and break it down into bite sized goals that were more manageable. It allowed me to create a road map form my current season of life to my end goal. It was life changing.
So, if I already knew that writing my goals down was important then what could Rachel Hollis teach me that would change the way I set goals? Well, what she taught me not only helped me to achieve my goals but allowed me to do so quicker than ever before. So, let’s get into it.
WRITE YOUR GOAL DOWN…DAILY
One day while I was listening to Rachel Hollis’s podcast, Rise, she started talking about setting goals and how the most important thing you could do was write it down daily. This was mind blowing for me because I already wrote my goals down, but not daily. The moment she said it, it was like all the stars aligned and comprehension hit me square between the eyes. I quickly understood why this was important and how impactful it can be in achieving your goals.
KEEPS YOUR GOAL FRONT AND CENTER
Writing your goal down daily means that it stays at the forefront of your mind every single day. It’s your daily reminder of what you’re working towards. If you start your day by writing your goal down it becomes your reminder of the bigger picture and it helps you to prioritize each and every day. This allows you to continually keep taking steps towards your goal, so it doesn’t get pushed to the back burner.
Think about it. When you normally set a goal are you continually checking in with yourself getting progress updates or reminding yourself and the big goal and what you’re really working towards? Most likely not.
Now imagine if you were to do this every day. How much would this change your success in achieving your goals? For me it changed a lot. I was already writing my goals down and working towards them, but some days would come and go without me taking even 1 step closer to achieving my goal. Since I started writing them down daily, or as close to daily as possible, I’m having less and less of those unproductive days and more days with a clear and specific path.
WRITE IT IN THE PRESENT TENSE
The second part to writing your goals down is to write them in present tense. You want to write them as if they have already happened. For example; If your goal is to lose 45 pounds then write it down like this…
“I’m happy, healthy, and in the best shape of my life being 45 pounds lighter. I’m proud of myself for putting in so much hard work and dedication to get to where I’m at today.”
Writing your goal in the present tense helps you take ownership of the goal. This way every time you read it you will believe it more and more. The more we believe in our goals the more apt we are to take steps in achieving them.
Writing it down in the present tense also helps give you a visual image. Studies have shown that our brains work best when dealing with pictures, kind of why you’re always told to create a vision board. When you write it in the present tense you achieve that mental image of what your goal is going to look like. This in turn becomes another thing that will fuel you to take actionable steps towards your goal.
Setting a goal and leaving it at that isn’t going to do you any good. One year will pass and you will realize you are no closer to achieving it, and worse you could be even further away. Don’t let your goals just sit there. Start writing them down every day and take actionable steps towards them. You deserve to achieve each and every one of your goals. Never forget that.