Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Write it down

Have you written down your goals?  I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.  It is imperative that you write them out on paper and keep them where you can see them every day.  We’ve all read books and listened to audio programs that tell us to write down our goals, but the truth is that most of us will not follow through.  We will think about the goals, and this is a good starting point, but until they are committed to paper, they are just fleeting thoughts.  

Examine each area of your life: career, family, relationships, personal development, finances, and health. Now write down three goals for each area and then out of those 18 pick the top three that will make the biggest impact on your life.  These should be posted in multiple areas where you will see them everyday, many times a day.  Post them on the fridge, in the bathroom, at work, in your purse or wallet, on your television and in your car.  These three goals should be front and centre in your life to remind you what you are striving for, why you are working hard and what the benefits will be.  

Why is it so important you may ask?  Because despite our best intentions, life gets in the way, and I don’t mean the life you are trying to build.  I mean the day to day grind of getting up, going to work, cleaning the house and doing whatever it is you do everyday because you have to, not because you want to.  

We make grocery lists, and have calendars to track the kids’ activities and appointments.  We have job jars for chores around the house, and email reminders telling us what we need to do and what not to forget.  Why not add the goals that will move you towards that life of your dreams to your lists on the fridge, your calendar and your email reminders.  

It may be important to pick up milk and schedule your car maintenance, but next to my goals, they pale in comparison.  I’d rather forget the milk for a day or two and take action on achieving my dreams.

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