Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Setting goals is the absolute best approach to accomplish what you desire in life. We often talk about the significance of setting goals, writing goals, and working towards them, but how often do we actually practice what we preach? It seems that when a new year approaches, everyone gets excited about setting new goals. When a New Year arrives, it gives us a sense of a fresh start and a new beginning. Many will take the practical step of setting and writing goals but following through presents the big problem. In this article, we have focused on the importance of writing down our goals, managing our goals and taking action. So, keep reading if you are serious about 2021 being your best year yet.
You might be wondering why you are stressing about goal writing? Suppose you do not write your goals down and just try to wing it. What happens next is, you lose your focus and indulge in some other activity. Often times we don’t write our goals down because we don’t want to fail. Writing them down is a reminder that you have something to do. It keeps you accountable. However, if we ignore what we wrote and do nothing then that can lead to feelings of failure. Journaling your goals in a notebook gives you a strong focal point and keeps you on a path of success. Once you start having these small victories, you get the immense motivation to move more diligently towards achieving your set goals.
Journaling or writing goals and focusing on them gives you a sense of purpose in your life and better control of your future. Our goals represent the desires of our heart. When we work towards getting what we want it is motivating and empowering. When we are focused on our goals and initiate efforts to achieve them, everything in our space becomes more positive. Our brains are wired this way, so we begin making better choices that directly affect our actions. It helps us to be present and focused on our future rather than looking back at the past.
A Sense of Purpose
The life we are living is not an endless journey; It should be filled with meaning and purpose. Setting and writing your goals gives you a starting point and a destination. Having a sense of purpose and understanding about where you want to go is called clarity. Having a clear picture in your mind is called vision. There is a saying “If you can see it, then you can achieve it.” The clear articulation of a goal clarifies what is important in your life and gives you a sense of peace. When you have clarity of mind, and then you focus all your efforts and energy on achieving what you want it becomes Impossible to fail.
Procrastination is a bad habit and is the true enemy of accomplishment. How many times have you delayed something believing that you would get around to it? Then that day never comes. When we do not have clear goals written down it is easy to put off until tomorrow what we could have done today. Journaling helps ward off procrastination because it will keep your goals in front of you and help keep you accountable. We can easily get distracted by other things. It is our responsibility to make the necessary sacrifices in order to stay committed.
Better Time Management Skills
When your goals are clear, you get better at time management. When you are clear about what you want in life and write it down in a journal, the next step is to determine when and how you will achieve it. If you don’t have a when and a how then you will be going around in circles instead on staying on a direct course. If you actually track your progress, you will experience a sense of achievement and excitement when you accomplish what you set out to do. Getting started and moving forward progressively is the true secret to achieving your goals.
Determining our goals gives us the ultimate peace of mind and plays a significant role in reducing stress. With a clear purpose and goal in mind, you will feel fulfilled and your life will take on greater meaning. This is why it is important for your goals to be measurable. They have to be realistic so that you wont feel like you are spinning your wheels. One step at a time is the proper mindset and slow and steady is better than being too quick and then miss.
Use Your Inner Strength
When you consider what matters to you the most, you can get more attuned with your inner strength, positivity, and passions. Charting a course for yourself is one thing but using your ultimate strengths to accomplish your goals requires a whole different skill set. Studies show that knowing yourself and leveraging your strengths can help you boost overall confidence and boost engagement. You should use your strengths to pursue your goals, and even discover what your strengths truly are. Discovering and developing new skills and habits can be beneficial for your overall well-being.
We all have some desires and dreams that we want to fulfill in this lifetime. If you are thinking about achieving something in life, now is the time to get started. Tomorrow is not promised. So, grab a notebook and pen and start inking. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Goal setting is a process, and it takes time to master your day, your week, your year, and your life. Remember to set goals that you are emotionally attached to. Set your goals for the things that will wake you up in the morning and keep you going throughout your day. Look at your written goals every morning and then again every night and most importantly don’t forget to invite God into your dreams, goals, and plans. Welcome to The Ink Journey. Create something great one word at a time.
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