Recently I was doing some online research on written goals and the success of those who subscribe to that practice. While there is a lot of disinformation and myth out there (The Harvard Study never happened), it made me ask one simple question: Why would someone NOT write down their goals?
If there is even a remote possibility that having them committed to paper gives one even a slightly better chance of accomplishment–wouldn’t you want everything you could get in your favor?
I know I would.
I’m not only talking about short term goals, but your long term goals. Where are you going with your life and what do you want to achieve?
Where do you want to be in a year? Three years? Five years?
I’m sure I’m not the first person to ever make this correlation before, but I don’t recall seeing it: Do you have a To Do List?
Then why don’t you have a To Achieve List? Think about that.
We WRITE ourselves a daily list of things to do at home and at work, but won’t commit our life’s goals and aspirations to paper? Is it really good enough just to have them “in mind”?
No, it’s not.
If you can’t remember to pick up milk on your way home or return a phone call or send an email, what makes you think you can remember (and therefore focus on) where you want to go with your life and career? Aren’t your long term desires for you and your family more important than what is on your “to do” list for today?
I make notes about everything–I want to see it written down–it actually helps me remember it, but I have that list to work from when I need it.
Think about it. Now, get off of here and go write your goals down…TODAY.
Instead of making a list of Goals, why not call it your To Achieve List?
Think about what you want to achieve within the next year or two or three or five or ten. List everything! Leave nothing to chance.
Hey, if you’re like me and it’s not on my grocery list when I go to the store–I’m not coming home with it!