Time and time again you have heard me talk about the importance of goals setting. Well, in this article I need to stress that fact again, plus one more, the benefits of putting goals on paper. You need a road map or as I call it a Success Atlas. Goals are milestones along your Success Atlas and the benefits of putting goals on paper will be a clearer view of your road map to reach them. Putting your goals on paper enables you to walk you through the necessary steps for success.
I mean if you think about it you really set goals every single day of your life. You set the alarm at the same time setting a goal of getting up to get to work, school or even the gym on time. You review your customer’s needs setting a goal to meet their needs, make money and grow your business. You can take these same small scale principles and apply them to goal setting on a medium or even much larger scale.
We all have desires and dreams we want to attain. We sit day dreaming while strolling through the park, walking down the beach or down a sidewalk in the sitting. Envisioning all the great and wonderful things we would like to have in our lives. Money, love, happiness, a thriving business, healthy and happy children the list can be as long as our imagination. But the problem is that alone is not enough to keep us motivated and focused to move forward – especially if we meet with resistance to meeting the goals we have set.
After going through ANY mental goal setting exercise you need to commit your goals to paper, putting them in a journal or writing them down on a goal setting worksheet. Write down all your thoughts (good and bad) about your goals – allow the pen to flow and begin to create a road map, a blue print and a Success Atlas that will become clear and specific, that will provide you with the focus, motivation and direction that you need. Putting goals on paper, creating your Success Atlas will the next step you need to take, give you the focus and motivation to take it, then show the next and the next and so on, and so on.
Not sold yet? Well how about when someone is getting married and has one of those big beautiful weddings. Do you thing the goal just happened? Of course it didn’t. Couples will spend on average one hundred hours planning a wedding. They will put down all their plans (goals) on forms (goal worksheets). Everything from what color the bridesmaids are going to wear, to who is sitting next to whom at the reception. Because something as simple as Uncle Irritating sitting next to Grandma No-Patience can ruin a wedding just as fast as planning and outdoor wedding during the wrong time of year. All these steps need to be thought through, mapped out and committed to paper.
Here is another interesting fact I have come to learn. Many of those same people that spend that hundred hours doing all the goal setting for their wedding, getting all the benefits of putting goals on paper, spend ZERO time setting goals for their lives. I do not want that to be you!
Goal setting worksheets are great tools for putting your goals on paper. They can help you through every nuance of the goal setting process. They can help you plan better and even aid in seeing those little things that you might have missed without them.
Here are three great reasons for using Goal Setting Worksheets and put your goals on paper:
- Goal Setting Worksheets can help you see your future vista – many people call this the big picture. Imagine if you were sitting on a high vista overlooking your perfect life. How would is look to you? Where will you be? What will you be doing? Putting your goals on paper can help you start focusing on this future vista and steer you along life’s path and many decisions so you can arrive there.
- Goal Setting Worksheets can help you covert your vista into your why. If you do not have a important why for reaching your goal(s) then the odds are weighted heavily against you. It is not enough to own the beautiful home you need to know why you want it. Is it a sense of security? A place you can come to escape from the hectic pace of the outside world? Know your why and your why and your odds of achieving your goal shift into your favor.
- Goal Setting Worksheet will enable you to take your future visa (long term goal) along with your whys and break that big picture down into medium goals. Then you can break those medium goals down into short term goals. Then turn your short term goals into tasks and those tasks into steps. I have had many a person say they have a goal to ear six figure incomes. A very attainable goal, but so many think they can reach that goal in a year or even less. Depending on where they are THAT could be far less attainable. They need to take this long term goal and break it down into medium goals – say half way from where they are to that big goal. Then break it down in half again, then again. Until it is at a point where they can look at the task and say to themselves “I can do that.” Then they just need to set about doing it.
These are only three reasons why you could be going through your goal setting exercises and just a few of the benefits of putting your goals on paper. There are many more and actually I will put a few more together in my next post. So, for now, sit down write your goals out, look at your vista vision, figure out your whys and start breaking that vista vision down into mid-term goals. Break those mid-term goals into short term goals. Break those down into task and the task into steps. Now schedule your steps and take action. You will surprise yourself and everyone around at how fast you take off towards the dreams you desire and deserve.
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