Why You Should be Writing Down Your Goals

Index Card photo

What is YOUR goal? There are a lot of inspiring stories out there about people setting and achieving amazing goals in their personal and professional lives. One of my favourites is about movie star Jim Carey.

The story goes that when Jim Carey was getting started as an actor, he faced repeated rejection (as most actors do) but he was undaunted in the pursuit of his dream. And so in order to keep himself motivated to pursue his vision, he decided he needed something specific to focus on. He knew he needed a concrete thing to go after. And so one day, with little in the bank, he wrote himself a cheque for “services rendered” for $10,000,000.

When I do my presentations I get my audience members to write their big dream on an index card and I ask them to put in somewhere where they’ll see it everyday.

The power of a written goal has been tested and proven. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, actually conducted a study on setting and writing goals.  There were 267 participants and she found that the people with written goals were 42% more likely to achieve them. If you read this blog, you already know that goals are important. You are the kind of person who has been to enough events and read enough books to have heard that several times before. The question is, do you write your goals down? When we write our goals, they become concrete and tangible.

Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, actually conducted a study on setting and writing goals.  There were 267 participants and she found that the people with written goals were 42% more likely to achieve them. (Read the study here: http://mmb-s3.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/goals-study-gail-matthews.pdf

If you haven’t yet, take a minute right now, to write down your top 3 goals for this year. They could be divided by category: personal, professional, health, for example. Or they may be short, medium and long-term. It doesn’t matter. What is important is that you put them on paper. Then put them somewhere where you will see them often. Goals that you see regularly are for more likely to be achieved, because you will be constantly reminded about them.

So what do you want to achieve? What is on your card – or what would be if you had one? Take a minute today, sit down, and figure out what you want from your life. Then take a minute and write it down. The more concise and specific the better. And now for the most important part of the process… take that card and put it somewhere where you will see it every day. Keeping your goal in the forefront of your mind is an essential part of success.

Oh and make sure you SHARE what you wrote on your card. Let’s inspire each other to pursue our goals.