Why should I establish written goals?

I often have this question, and the answer is simple. People who have clearly defined, measurable, written goals in all areas of life outperform the masses combined. So come up with those clearly defined goals in every area of your life.

Top 10 Reasons To Establish Written Goals

Here’s what you gain by clearly defining your goals and writing them down:

  1. You keep your life in better balance, as you proactively and intentionally determine how you will use your time and energy.
  2. Your goals serve as a GPS to guide you through life with intentionality, instead of just letting life happen to you.
  3. Your goals tell your brain what to focus on and what to think about.
  4. You build self-confidence as you take action and begin accomplishing goals. The following is a personal example of a plan that can be used for any goal. First, I decided what I wanted to do and produced a clear, defined WRITTEN goal. Next, I enlisted the help of an expert to develop a plan of action. I then created specific mini-goals, which I wrote down. I tackled each small goal, building up confidence and increasing my ability slowly. I celebrated when I reached my goal. Celebrating is important!
  5. You know with assurance when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” When you don’t have clearly defined, written goals, every opportunity can seem worth taking, or not worth taking. How can you tell? What is the gauge you use to determine whether you want to move toward something or away from something?
  6. You have a powerful source of intrinsic motivation. You won’t need to rely on someone else or something else to get yourself fired up or inspired.
  7. You have a means of correcting your course to arrive at your destination. To get to the heart of this, I always ask clients to answer three questions honestly: – what’s working? – what’s not working? – what are you going to do differently in the next 90 days to help correct what’s not working? Businesses have to do this all the time, though some stubbornly stick to obsolete goals far too long, even when it’s obvious they should change course.
  8. You attract the resources and people you need to achieve your goals. It’s called the law of attraction: The more clarity you have, and the more you can write down and visualize what it is you want to happen, the better able you are to attract the things that you want to attract in your life. My advice? Always go big. Little goals and little visions will attract little thinkers and little resources. Big goals and big visions will attract big thinking people and big resources.
  9. Your goal-building helps you create the future in advance. Here is the way it works: the pictures you create in your head turn into the reality you hold in your hand.
  10. You stay on the offensive. When you play offense, you take control.

For more in-depth information and help writing effective goals, I invite you to check out my book Clarity: How to get it, how to keep it, and how to use it to balance your life.