“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.”
– Zig Ziglar
It’s that time of the year where most people feel the shift of the new year, and starts setting their “New year, New me” resolutions for themselves. There is something about the new year that gets people motivated to turn over a new leaf, do things a bit different than the year before, or find ways to better themselves.
Did you know that:
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
The act of writing things down is a powerful motivator.
There have been countless studies done throughout the years on goal settings, but the most known research was done by a Doctor named, Gail Matthews, who is a psychology professor at Dominican University in California. She had done a study on goal-setting, and she found that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals just by writing them down.
Can you believe it? 42 percent!
I myself, am addicted to making lists, and writing down my goals. I am a list fanatic, and have been since I was a kid. I used to write down everything from what I had in my room, to what shows I was watching on tv, to the names of my friends every time I had to move and start over. I write down my goals, my passions, my dreams, my plans, my to-do lists, goals for my family, and pretty much anything else that pops in my head. I call it brain dumping. It’s a way for me to get all the ideas and thoughts in my head out so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed, and I can have a bit of clarity before making decisions.
Writing Down Your Goals Can:
- Help Alleviate Anxiety And Give You Peace Of Mind. Writing down my goals help my mind to slow down. When I’m feeling anxious, I write. When I’m down, I write. When I’m up, I write. When I’m stressed, I write. When I have too much going on my in brain, I write. Writing things down gives me a sense of relief, and I feel better about tackling my day.
- Help You To Stay Focused. Write down what’s important to you. That way, you can focus on what’s important, and you won’t have time to even think about what’s not. Making life a bit easier, and clearer. Writing your goals down will help you to visually see what you want to do, see all sides of perspective, prioritize your steps, and then be able to execute your plan accordingly.
- Help You To Make Better Use Of Your Time. There always seems to be too much to do, and not enough time to get it all done. When I don’t write things down, I feel frazzled, and disorganized. I feel like I’m behind on everything, and that’s when things start to fall apart for me.
- Help Motivate You And Gives You A Sense Of Accomplishment. When you write your goals down, you become motivated to reach your goals. Motivation is what will fuel you passions, and push you to accomplish whatever it is your set yourself out to do. the feeling of accomplishment, and it’s motivating for me.
For some, lists and goal setting are not need. People like my husband who manages to remember everything in his head. I give kudos to those that have eidetic memory It’s a highly rare ability, and not everyone has the capacity to do so. My brain is constantly running, I’m forgetful, and tend to get distracted easily. Setting goals makes the invisible, visible. Writing things down gives me a sense of structure. Something I think we all need in our lives.