Writing down our plans and goals doesn’t only make us feel better about ourselves – it also helps us achieve those very plans and goals. That’s because what we want to do and achieve becomes clearer in our minds. It also gives us something concrete (ie in writing) to work towards. Not only that but actually sitting down, thinking and attempting to work out our goals can be an enjoyable exercise in its own right.
It really doesn’t matter whether or not you believe the Yale University study where a class of 20 year olds were asked if they had written goals and plans for the rest of their life (especially their career) and the three per cent who did went on to earn more money than the rest of the class put together. The main thing is, it’s not too far from reality. Certainly, other studies have shown that individuals who write down their goals and plans are more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.
Now, even if takes a few precious hours out of an afternoon or evening to plot, plan and write those goals down, isn’t it worth it considering the positive effect it could have on the rest of your life?
Why not try it and six months down the line do a bit of a stock check ie see how far away you are from achieving them. We’ll bet you’re much further than you were when those goals and plans were still just thought bubbles in your head.