Did you know, according to Brian Tracy, only 3% of adults have clear written goals? I think that’s because the 97% believe that it’s either A) ineffectual or B) gimmicky.
I admit, I’ve had both of those thoughts. But I’ve come to see over the past couple of years that the writers are right. There is something to writing it down.
Here are three benefits, I see, to writing down your goals on paper on purpose:
1) Writing it down removes the vagueness
If it’s in your head, chances are it’s not as clear as it could be. I find that the information and knowledge that lives inside is typically unsettled and uncertain. It’s only when I take what’s in my head and write it down on paper that I remove the murkiness and reach clarity. And clarity, as I’ve discovered through my own writing journey is a wonderful thing.
2) Writing it down removes any misdirection
If goals just remain in your head, it’s easy for them to morph into something else later on. When you write down your goals, you’re giving yourself a North Star. You’re saying, “That’s where I’m going. Follow that goal.” Think about it. A pilot without a flight plan isn’t going anywhere.
3) Writing it down makes it real
I have all of these embryonic ideas for blog posts. There’s not much to them. In other words, they’re not yet real. Not until I take the time to work clearly through them by the act of writing. I can tell you, though, that one of the best feelings for me is finishing a post and just seeing it there… done. Now, it’s real. Now it’s a thing.
Napolean Hill said this, “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose.” I’ve learned that one of the first steps to achieving that “definiteness of purpose” is to simply write it down. There's no getting to step two without achieving step one. Nix the vagueness, remove the potential for misdirection and make it real by writing it down.
A wise person once wrote, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Don’t underestimate something so simple.