“Your dreams are only dreams until you write them down… then they are goals.” -Unknown
I saw this quote on the wall at a conference last week and I have been thinking about it ever since. I would add to this quote. My secondary quote would say, “ Goals are only goals until you create a plan and follow through…. Then they become REALITY.”
It is now February, what happened to the resolutions set in January? I decided to conduct an informal survey. I asked anyone who would answer about the resolutions they set in January. Most people I spoke to either forgot about their resolutions, had given up, or thought about their resolutions every now and then.
This has me thinking why??
In my personal life I have learned the magic of writing my goals down I feel that is 50% of the battle. I have come to know that the other crucial component is planning and executing. I am reminded of something my mami used to tell me, “ God meets those who meet him halfway.” It is imperative to write down goals then follow up with a plan that is realistic and then it is essential to ACT!!!
I recommend you get a notebook dedicated to your goals just for your goals. You have nothing to lose other than $1.99 for a cheap notebook and time and energy spent on planning and creating your best lifeJ
So are you serious about creating your best life ever???
If you are, let’s talk about a process;
1. GOALS– I love this part it is the easiest of the three steps. Get your Goal Notebook and set your timer for 3 minutes. Let loose and just write. On a piece of paper list every goal you can imagine. Try not to think too much just write. Ask yourself, “What matters to me and what do I want to accomplish?” Once your timer rings look at your list. Ask yourself of all the items listed what are the three goals that would most benefit me and contribute to my best life ever? As you scan your list you will know the important items because they stand out. Try not to over think this! Once you find your three goals rewrite them on the next page and make sure each goal is specific, measurable and realistic.
2. PLAN– Spend 2 minutes on each goal. Set your timer and free write everything you need to do to accomplish your goal. Do not overthink this just write. Continue with the other two goals spend three minutes on each writing everything that needs to be accomplished. This planning list for each goal is meant to get you excited and it will be used later for reference.
3. DAILY– For now until you accomplish your goals it is important to write your goals down daily. This will take five minutes out of your day and it is essential for redirecting your focus and energy to the goals that are important to you and will contribute to you living your best life ever. So daily, I recommend first thing in the morning write your goals. Start with your first goal. Write it down. Then ask yourself, “What is the one thing I can do today to help me reach this goal? Whatever answer comes to you write it down underneath your goal. Then document your action into your planner or calendar. Do the same with your remaining two goals. If you are unable to identify an action for the day return to the page in your goal notebook where you wrote every action step necessary for completing your goal and pick an action that makes sense.
This is a continuous process and nothing is set in stone. The important component is to do this daily and to never lose sight of your goal. If you miss a day then continue on the next day. It is such a small investment and it is super important if you are serious about taking responsibility for creating your best life!