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Write Out Your Goals

Updated on December 1, 2013

Write Your Goals, Hopes and Dreams

Amazing things can happen when we take the time to write about a hope or aspiration that is in the back of our mind, or hidden somewhere in our heart. Most of us have heard about the "proper" way to set goals. As effective as it may be to follow a disciplined goal-setting regime, do we do it? Not usually.

The good news is that we can still see results even if we write out our hopes and goals in a haphazard way and at irregular times. There is something about the very act of writing it down that makes the goal solidify and start to move toward becoming a reality.

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Goal Writing Helps Your Dreams Happen

Achieving a goal starts in the heart, not on a list of do's and don'ts

Every year a lot of people make New Year's resolutions. We set impossible expectations for ourselves. Sometimes we even set ourselves up for failure. Then we get frustrated with ourselves when we don't keep our good intentions. But were those lists of resolutions really dreams from our heart? Or were they the standard "everybody should do this" sort of nattering?

Instead of setting the usual goals to become thin and wealthy, why not dig a little deeper into who you really are and what will make your life more satisfying to you?

Explore a Real Goal on Paper

Write the vision. Make it plain.

If you enjoy writing at all, then you might want to try writing out a goal just to see what happens. You can do this in a journal or simply on a sheet of paper. Think about a problem you want to solve, or something you would like to see come into being in your life. Pour out your thoughts on paper just as they come to you.

Don't worry about doing it the "right" way. Don't feel you have to follow a method that you've read about. Just talk it through using your pen or pencil. Describe why you're frustrated and what you want to change. Write what you would like to see happen. Jot down all the roadblocks, all the things that are making your dream unlikely. Imagine what your ideal solution would look like.

The Act of Writing Uncovers the Solution

You could be very surprised at what happens

Write it all down. If you can't see what the solution would be, then be satisfied with writing about what needs to change and why. How would your life be better if it did? You may write it the whole thing down at one time or over multiple sessions, maybe even over many weeks.

Something about the act of writing clarifies the issues and highlights the steps you should take. Surprisingly, the solution will begin to appear. You will start to see a clear path to take, and soon it will be so obvious that you will wonder how it was ever possible that you didn't know what it was.

It's Not Magic

But it is amazingly effective

Writing out a goal is not a magic wand. Not everything that we think or write about is going to turn out the way we would like. We may never be thin or independently wealthy. But it is wonderful to see how often committing our dreams, hopes, aspirations and even our problems to writing can help us sort out what to do and how to get where we want to be.

Books about Personal Goal Writing

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It

This is an inspiring book about people, writing, and moving toward the life you wish you had. I love the story of the teacher who wanted to spend some time living in France, and how it came about - far beyond even what she had imagined.

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It

Barbara Sher is a realist and and motivator in the best sense of the word. She's been there, lived through the tough times, knows all about discouragement ... and about achieving your dreams in the end.

See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition
See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition

Classic Zig Ziglar. If you've never read anything he's written, you really must. His focus is on balance and honesty, and getting to goal. Lots of them!

Seeds Of Greatness
Seeds Of Greatness

Dennis Waitey is another must-read author whose work stands the test of time. Give him a chance to share into your life.

Life Path Journal: Who are you, what do you want and how are you going to get there?
Life Path Journal: Who are you, what do you want and how are you going to get there?

The Life Path Journal is a tool for self-discovery so you can begin to find your dreams. Once you've discovered what your heart truly wants, this workbook will guide you in mapping your path to success.


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      mindflaps 4 years ago

      18 mins by Peter Bregman is a good read. Helps you set goals and achieve them

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've set a lot of goals, and achieved some of them.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      I like the word dream and fantastic page!

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      plrang 5 years ago

      I used to write on paper but I lost it always, so now I use Wunderlist task manager, for me it is a really time saver, and I won't lost it ;)

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      BuddyBink 6 years ago

      If you do not have a goal how will you know when you have achieved it? The power of writing it down is the first step toward ultimately achieving. Thanks

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      This is very helpful!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Very realistic view.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Definitely a good way to keep yourself rolling with your goals throughout the year. Great work!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      For many years I wrote out a short list of my art business goals. Most of the time I was able to accomplish most of them. Haven't made a list in the past year or two. Perhaps I should.