Recently, I was reading Brian Tracy’s, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success, and a statistic he mentioned jumped out at me. He was discussing goals and said that only 3% of adults have written goals. This was shocking to me and sad. However, when I stopped to think about it, I was part of the 97% for almost my entire adult life. Before I dissect the benefits of written goals, here are a few other startling facts to consider:
1. The average person spends 45 minutes/day on Facebook
3. The average person 15-19 reads 6 minutes/day on the weekend.
While these stats are discouraging, the bigger issue of this post is that 97% of us are living our lives with no design or plan. That is how most of us end up working a job we don’t love, and living a life that is not completely fulfilling. Brian Tracy stated that the simple act of writing down our goals increased our odds of achieving our goals 1000%. I don’t know how he measured that, but I know from personal experience that writing down goals is the key to successfully achieving your dreams. Here are the benefits of written goals.
1. Writing Your Goals Give Your Dreams a Concrete Starting Point. Instead of having a general idea of where you want to go, written goals offer a road map that you can follow to make progress. This can be a scary step because if we right them down they become more real. This is a good step. I remember when I did it, it seemed too far fetched. The process was so foreign to me, that I wasn’t even sure I was doing it right. Specifically, write out what you want. For example, one of my goals was, “I will be 185 pounds by December of 2012”. Give your life a written direction, this is the beginning of lifestyle transformation.
2. Writing Your Goals Makes You Accountable to Results.Once you have written goals, you have a place to start. I set some really ambitious goals. Goals I thought were going to be impossible. However, once I really started to look at the goals and what it
would take, I realized I had the power to make these goals a reality. It may not be quick, but it was possible. My job was to make sure I was making consistent daily choices that would support these long term goals. Again, having them written down allowed me to refer back to them and make sure that the decisions I was making were in line with my goals.
3. Writing Your Goals Helps Others Support You. Written goals definitely help me stay accountable to myself, but there is extra power when we share them with others. As soon as I had solidified my top three goals, I immediately shared them with my Peak Performance partner and my best friend. In the next few weeks, I would also share them with my achievers group. I needed my close friends to know what was going on. This also allowed them to check on me and encourage me to follow through on the steps I needed to be taking. Again, powerful stuff. But, none of this is possible unless you write down your goals.
In the next few weeks, I will be going over my strategy for how I write my goals and, equally as important how I track my goals. As teachers, this is the perfect time to be thinking about, and formulating your goals. The beginning of the school year is an ideal time to make a decision to change for the better. Begin to think of the three most important things you would like to change in your life and then next week we’ll go over how to articulate those in written form to best set you up for success.