By now, you should be pumped about the potential of your new goals to positively affect your life and you’re prepared to start achieving those goals, whether it be in a single day, one year, six months, a decade, or an entire lifetime.
But before you do, I want to tell you about the single most game-changing habit that transformed my goal game to the next level. WRITING THEM DOWN.
It might seem obvious that you have to write your goals down after all. How else would you remember them well enough to check them off at the end of the year? But actually, I’m not talking about writing your goals down in your diary on a worksheet or buried away in some Word document on your computer. On the contrary I’m talking about, writing them down, printing them out, signing them and framing them and then posting them publicly in multiple places.
Now, you have framed and signed copies of your goals both at work and at home in places that you’ll be forced to see them multiple times a day. When you write a goal down your subconscious brain, begins to more actively think about bringing it into your life, the people, resources and knowledge. You need to achieve your goals.
Some people might call this The Law of Attraction where, like attracts like. Other people have called it, the secret, the idea that if you visualize something and put your intentions out in the universe, you can mystically conjure it into existence, whether you subscribe to the scientific explanation or the spiritual one. I’m here to tell you firsthand, it works. But only if you put your intentions out there in a meaningful way and chase after them day,
After day with hard work for the last two years, I’ve made the decision to write down my goals and put them on a huge whiteboard in front of my bed. Every morning I wake up and the first thing I see are the goals that I’ve committed to. How do you think the rest of my day goes when my mind is directed towards these goals? Can you just imagine how much more difficult it is to get distracted by everything else during the day?
Beyond that. I think that because I’m starting every single day thinking about my goals. I’m extremely aware of every possible opportunity to check one off and get that gold star. And I’m thinking about it in a way that I wouldn’t be if I weren’t working against the clock to complete a challenging set of time related goals, let me put this very simply if you’re not posting your goals, visibly, you are missing out on a huge advantage in accomplishing them.
You might be wondering, however, what about privacy? What if your co-worker’s boyfriend-girlfriend or other friends? Everybody’s seeing these goals? Wait a minute. Why shouldn’t they? Why shouldn’t the people you trust? And love know what your goals are so that they can support you, and hold you accountable to those goals. After all social accountability is an extremely powerful motivator, and furthermore,
Or why the heck should you ever even be embarrassed or ashamed, about your goals? Those goals are moving. You in the direction of the person you want to be. Are you planning to be embarrassed of that person when you become him or her, of course not. So, why be embarrassed of the steps you took to get there?
On the contrary, you should be proud of them. And anyone that you invited into your home, or your office space should with some small exceptions, be someone, you trust enough to share them with, of course, if one of your goals is to quit your job and find a better one. You might want to use some clever code words on the version you pin up at work. But in most cases, we actually encourage you to share your goals with the people in your life.
I have been sharing goals with friends for quite some time. And I can say that doing so has even accelerated the effects of writing them down in, posting them now that I not only have to stare at them every day, but also report to my friends periodically on how they’re going. Every time I speak to them, I’m more motivated than ever to accomplish my goals. Writing my goals down and getting their support has made all the difference.
Your homework for this post is to take everything you’ve learned from The Wheel of Life to your personal mission statement to smart goals, and objectives, and write out some goals for the short-term medium-term, and very long term.
Best of luck.
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