Every single thing that we do has a purpose to it. Most of us wish to achieve certain things in life and our behavior is usually directed towards those goals. While some work their way towards these goals, others have no clue how to get there. What is it that the two groups are doing differently? One highly effective strategy that the former group uses is to write their goals down.
Research provides statistically significant support to this claim. In a study conducted by psychologist Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at California’s Dominican University, there was a significant difference between people who achieved their written goals and the ones who just thought about it. It was found that individuals who wrote their goals achieved more than those who only thought of the goals. And most importantly, this made the stress reduction in them possible without much of effort because they had a clear idea of what to do or achieve.
If you’re confused about how the things you do on a daily basis can help you fulfill your dreams, you should consider writing your goals down. The following are four reasons why taking this step will bring you closer to your target:
Writing Brings Clarity
“If it is not written down, it doesn’t exist- Anais Nin
Imagine a football game without any goal posts. The players won’t know where to run or where to shoot the ball! Similarly, when you don’t have clearly defined goals, you end up doing things that aren’t remotely connected to what you really want. When you write your goals down you are forced to be clear about what you want to achieve. This clarity gives you the ability to make clear cut decisions regarding what needs to be done. Moreover, it will give your goals a concrete format; you could put it up on your bedroom wall. Every time you look at your words, you will be reminded of your dream and stay motivated.
If you only think about your goals, you’re using the right side of the brain, the imaginative side. But when you write them down, you engage the left side as well which uses logic. The corpus Colosseum is a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres. It also sends signals to a fluid that surrounds the brain and travels up and down the spinal column. Because of this, when you write down your goal, you send the message to every cell of your body and it enters your subconscious mind. The subconscious allows you to see opportunities you may not have observed before writing your goal.
Having your goals in a written format lets you play around with the specifics. In all likelihood, your dream is a big one. Probably not something that can be achieved overnight. The idea is to identify where you are and where you want to be so that you can chalk out the steps to get there. You can break each goal down into a set of benchmarks. Use the following headers to track your progress;
· Current status
· Minimum acceptable level
· Satisfactory improvement
· Outstanding achievement
Every day, look at your goal chart and get ready for action.You can always have your goal a pictorial form. We remember things 65% better when they’re attached to a picture. Part of the reason why people avoid planning their goals is because they’re afraid of failure. Consequently, they resist change. Visual thinker and change activator, Patti Debrowolski, explains in this TED talk how drawing your future can help you make the changes you need to materialize your dreams. Your brain emits oxytocin and serotonin when you draw and dream, so you feel happy, capable and confident. Put up a relevant picture next to your goal chart; you will experience a spurt in motivation every time you look at it.