Research tells us that when we write our goals down, we are more likely to achieve it. Written goals can be reviewed regularly; hence they have more long-range power. Like a contract with yourself, they are harder to neglect or forget. Goals should be:
- Positive. State goals in positive rather than negative terms. (“I am a neat and organized person,” rather than “I am no longer disorganized.”)
- Present Tense. State goals as though they are being realized now, or have already been attained. The subconscious mind only operates in the present. If you create goals in the future tense, your subconscious will never get there.
- Personal. Goals must be about you, and under your control, not about someone else.
- Precise. Write goals in a manner that clearly describes what you intend to accomplish. (NOT, “I want to earn enough to quit my job.” Instead, exactly how much monthly income will it take to quit your job? $3000 per month? OK, then, “I am working my Xpress business so I’ll be earning $3000 per month by ______________. ” Decide on a date, or break it down into mini goals by weeks, months or within 24 months.)
- Possible. Goals should be realistic. Achieving them must be within the realm of possibility. (If you’ve never written a single piece of business, do not write a goal down that you’ll sign 500 people by the end of the six months. Instead, use a realistic number, breaking it down by weeks, months or by the end of the year. For instance, “I am growing my team by two new members by the end of next week.” Next: ”I’m building my team by 6 new team members by the end of next month.” Next: ”I’m working my business so I’ll have 15 team members by _______.” If you beat that goal, great, but meanwhile, you can actually achieve goals, and you’ll feel good that you’ve accomplished it. Repeated victories will result in higher self-esteem and more confidence in setting higher goals, which result in greater productivity. At the same time, you don’t want to set your goals too low. You want to have a goal that will challenge you, but that you’ll be able to attain.
- Deadline. Give yourself a deadline by which you intend to reach your goal. As I mentioned, you can break them down by mini goals you’ll reach in days, weeks, months, etc.
- Powerful. Use words that convey action and emotion. ”I am participating in forums for one hour three times a week.”
- You must REALLY want your goal and work every day towards accomplishing your goal. Even if you have no time during the day to take action towards your goal, you can take a few minutes to visualize it. Constantly visualizing yourself accomplishing your goal is a powerful way to help achieve it.
Place written goals where you will see them at least twice a day. If possible, read them aloud and visualize each one.