It is easy to lose sight of our goals. Most of us women switch into survival mode or entertaining mode, getting lots done, but letting healthy habits and behaviors fall by the wayside.
I am training for a half-marathon, it is just 4 months away, and I still have a long way to go! I know that if I do not stay focused on my goal that I will get distracted over the holidays and miss some of my workouts. I am consciously thinking about that now so that I can plan ahead and stay committed to my training.
How about you? What is your goal? Do you want to lose weight this fall? Maintain your weight through the holidays? Start an exercise program? Or just learn how to boost your energy?
Whatever your goal is, you will be WAY more likely to achieve it if you do this…
WRITE IT DOWN!
The article below is an excerpt from a book about goal setting and it explains why writing down your goals is so important.
An excerpt from Goals by Gary Ryan Blair
Rule #3: Write Your Goals
Written goals are catalysts, transforming agents for success and achievement. Yet like umbrellas and pens, unwritten goals almost always end in loss!
You will achieve far greater and more consistent results when you take the time to write down your goals. Writing goals sets off a chain of events that allows you and others to see and evaluate your goals so that you can develop plans to achieve them.
Goals kept only in your mind have an uncanny way of remaining figments of your imagination. The odds are against you ever acting upon them. Goals not written down fall victim to the “out of sight…out of mind” phenomenon!
We’ve all had the experience of going to the supermarket with a “mental list” of stuff to get. Yet we inevitably return home without one or more desired items.
A simple written list would have been the perfect solution. Your goals work the same way, if you don’t write them down, you will forget them.
Writing challenges thought. When you write a goal, you actually see what you’re thinking. You have a target to aim for… something that takes shape and grows legs.
By writing your goals, you take a step toward achieving them. The writing process is an essential piece of the combination of achievement, a tremendous ally of focus.
From eureka to achievement, the evolution of a goal begins in the mind and immediately takes shape when pen is put to paper. The goal progresses from thought to sketch, from sketch to action, and finally from action to achievement in real time.
The achievement of a goal is an exemplary tale of power, purpose, and potential.
The process of writing and revising a goal forces you to make a commitment to yourself; once a goal is written, you’ve made an investment. And as with any investment, you’ll want to protect it and nurture its growth.
If you intend to take goal setting seriously you must up the ante by writing down your goals and revising them continuously.
By choosing your goal and writing it down, you gain an edge. Most people simply respond to conditions rather than create conditions for a better life. While there is no magic pill or equation for success, one thing is sure: Those who fail to plan by not writing down their goals, by default, plan to fail.
Take care and be well!
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