The power of writing your goals down

Do you believe in the power of writing your goals down? Did you set any goals for 2017? Did you write them down?

Research has proved that those who write down their goals are far more likely to accomplish them than those who do not put pen to paper.

Here are a few tips to help you..

Set a few key goals. Don’t have a long list or you will lose focus and probably not accomplish very much. You really only want a handful of goals - I’d suggest somewhere around 5 is a good number.

Set SMART goals. You have probably heard the acronym before, there’s a few variations. 

Specific - Your goals should identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can muster. What exactly is it you want to accomplish?

Not: Learn a musical instrument

Specific: Learn to play the guitar 

Measurable - Heard the saying “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” If possible, try to quantify the result. You want to know absolutely, positively whether or not you hit the goal.

Not: Save more money than last year

Measurable: Save £5k this year

Attainable - What steps can you take to achieve your goal? Every goal should start with an action verb (e.g., “quit,” “run,” “finish,” “eliminate,” etc.) rather than a to-be verb (e.g., “am,” “be,” “have,” etc.). 

Not: Be more healthy 

Attainable: Exercise 3 days a week

Realistic—Think big but not so it's impossible

Not: Become a guitar teacher. 
This would not be realistic if you hadn’t yet learnt to play the guitar

Realistic: Learn to play the guitar

Time-bound -Every goal needs a date associated with it. A goal without a date is just a dream. Make sure that every goal ends with a 'by when' date.

Not: Lose 10lbs

Time-bound: Lose 10lbs by 30th September

Write them down. Going back to where I started, writing down your goals is really important. It is extremely powerful even if you never develop an action plan or do anything else.

Review them. While writing your goals down is a powerful exercise in itself, try to review them on a regular basis, as this is what turns them into reality. Every time I review my goals, I ask myself: what’s the next step I need to take to move towards this goal? You can review them daily, weekly, or monthly.  (I try to review mine every Sunday night as it sets me up for the week, but it’s up to you). The key is to let your goals inspire and populate your daily task list.

For some extra info on the subject of writing your goals down there are Ted Talks you can listen to: I recommend one by Derek Sivers, who makes a compelling case that surprisingly telling someone your goals makes them less likely to happen.  Also there is a great book called Write It Down and Make It Happen by Anne Klauser.

Good luck with your goal setting, I hope 2018 is a magical year for you! x

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