We live in a world where our attention is always spreading in different directions demanding action. So intentionally directing your time and energy to the things that are most important to you is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. It separates those who have full control of their lives from those who are affected by their unconscious unawareness of their lack of direction in life; leaving them at the mercy of the common outcome of actions more than likely taken in the spare moment of circumstance.
In a recent Harvard study suggests 83% of Americans do not have written goals, which explains why the percentage of average to low-income households are so high.
Not long ago as I was talking to a very knowledgeable friend from www.chulavistahousecleaning.org, I realized that most small business owners who have been able to explode their business, including my friend, have all done so by having very specific written goals on how to attain it.
Here are four reasons why successful men and women write down their goals daily:
1. Gives You Clarity
Having a clear understanding and vision of what you want to achieve is the first step in accomplishing anything. Taking time to brainstorm what your values are, the things that interest you, and what you want out of life by writing your goals on paper gives you clarity and a laser focus on exactly what you want. Most importantly, you gain a clear reminder and understanding of why you want to accomplish these goals in the first place.
2. Gives You Peace of Mind & Direction
The worst feeling in the world is not having direction, being tossed by life’s ups and downs and being a victim of circumstance. Causing anxieties, stress, and fear that something outside of your control is to blame, which is often false.
Having goals in written gives one peace of mind even when things aren’t going as planned. Knowing what you want with clarity, gives not only hope but also a way of planning more strategically how to overcome obstacles that arise along the journey. It’s like having a map during a road trip; you may take a wrong turn, unexpected events may appear, but you always have the map to guide you back on track. It reinforces confidence about yourself and your life.
3. Retrain Your Subconscious Mind
Ever heard of retraining your subconscious mind? Well, that’s exactly what it does. Self-affirmations and goal writing are the two biggest factors in reprogramming and retraining the way you think. Doing so is beneficial because most of us are have self-sabotaging thoughts, limiting beliefs often imposed in childhood. By physically writing down goals, and having a visual on what you want for yourself, your health, finances, relationship, etc., reinforces your mind on what you expect out of life, especially when written in the present tense. Your subconscious is much larger than the conscious mind and accounts for around 50-60% of your brain capabilities; it doesn’t know the difference between what is real or not.
4. Activates The Famous Laws Of Attraction
By consistently written and visualizing your goals, you naturally attract the very thing you desire into reality. Now, I know this is an old saying, almost cliche… But there are studies done by Harvard and many other credible sources proving the effect it has on one’s brain. Your subconscious mind sees your goals as reality/realistic, strengthening your belief even more. Anything you believe with emotion, and faith, activates the law of attraction. To learn more look up Bob Proctor; he has great content on this subject.
So when feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, remember we are the only ones in full control of our lives. We have the power to direct our thoughts and action to whatever desire we have. The answer is simple, write down your goals and see how you gradually start gaining control and accomplishing things.
So to conclude; people with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals.
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