I am a firm believer in making lists. I have lists for all sorts of things. To-do lists, to-accomplish lists, the bucket-list, and I am now gravitating towards writing down very specific goals.. list. haha I was given some great advice from a friend a few weeks back, that even when we visualize or “dream”, without a plan, and a “starting point” to guide us, we only repress ourselves by not putting pen to paper, as there is a neurological connection that is received and recognized when we write, and have a visual aid of our goals. The more you rise up towards your goals, the more you will be deluged with opportunities. In fact, these new opportunities can quickly become distractions that pull you off course. The best antidote to remedy those possible “distractions” is to maintain a list of written goals by which to evaluate these new opportunities.
As a fitness entrepreneur, I have many mentors, role models, and fit-spirations, but that also means there is no real specific path or guideline to follow step by step to successfully get your brand, and name recognized. So, I have to be diligent in creating and writing even the smallest of ambitions, but it also means I get to forge my own path, and honestly, that excites me more than it scares me, by a long shot!
The following info is well written, and I wanted to share more in depth:
“We hear a lot about the importance of goal-setting, but most of us don’t have clear and measurable goals to work towards. Even fewer of us actually have those goals written down. Lewis Carroll says, “any road will get you there, if you don’t know where you are going,” but how important are goals really and if they are vital, how can we make them most effective? There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined! While this study only looks at earnings to quantify success, I still find it to be an extremely motivating example of why creating clear and measurable goals and writing them down is a key to success. Feeling motivated? Here are four steps to creating clear and measurable goals that will lead you to huge success.
Create a Vision
The first step to creating a goal is to figure out what you want. If you don’t know what you want, you don’t know what you need to achieve to get there. This is actually the fun part. You get to dream. What do you really want to create for yourself? What does your ideal life look like? Don’t be afraid to think big. Take fifteen minutes and document your vision. Take note of the details. What does your day look like? Where are you living? Try to incorporate all senses in your vision to make it most effective. What do you see, hear, smell, taste and feel throughout this ideal day?
Make it Measurable
Take your vision and turn it into a written list of concrete goals. If in your ideal world you are working for yourself, one of your goals might be to start your own company. Choose an achievable time frame to accomplish your goals, as well as measurable details, so you know exactly when you’ve achieved them. What exactly does it mean to start your own company? Make sure to set yourself up for success by creating goals that are realistic and achievable in the given time-frame.
Most of our goals are a build-up of small achievements, sometimes even years of many small successes. Break your goals into small actionable steps and assign realistic time frames to each. Continue to break big steps into smaller and smaller steps until goals seem less daunting and achievable. Benchmarks are a great way to keep you on track. You may find you are moving more quickly or slowly than you expected. That’s not a problem, you can adjust! Adjust your expectations and timeline as you gather more information while achieving your benchmarks.
Celebrate Your Success
I believe the most important part of goal-setting is celebrating our successes. How will you reward yourself for hitting your benchmarks along the way? How will you celebrate once you’ve reached your goal? As we journey to the realization of our goals, it’s important to remember our vision. Why we want something can provide us with the motivation and determination to continue to work toward it even when things don’t go as planned or are more difficult than we anticipated.
From now on, choose to be among the most successful people and write down your goals. Create a vision for what you want, turn that into a list of measurable goals, set benchmarks and celebrate your successes along the way.”
Citing source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/04/08/why-you-should-be-writing-down-your-goals/