How Your Brain Reacts When You Write Down Your Goals
It’s no surprise that I’m writing about goal setting at just a few days into the New Year. Often at times, we start setting new goals in January and aim to reach them, or at least try to, and we sometimes come short. I’ve found that what helps me the most for setting new goals and reaching them, is to write them down! Writing down our goals is a proven method for remembering things, and therefore, making things done. But when looking to achieve your goals, you must be very specific. Your brain does not distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. Your brain just believes what it receives.
Therefore, our brain instantly establishes that what we want is an essential part of who we really are. When our goal is not yet reached, the image of our selves in our brain, no longer matches our reality. Our brain then starts working towards achieving that which is our ‘reality’ (our goals). From the moment you speak your goals, write them down, and visualize them, from that moment on, to our brain, that goal is our reality. And this my friends, is quite powerful!
You see, there’s a huge difference between saying: “I want a house”, and “I want a 3-bedroom beach house with high ceilings, white walls, and a palm tree shaped pool”. Whether or not your goals are materialistic or not, you have to be really specific. And then there’s the action you must take to achieve your goal. For instance, to get the house, you’re going to need to save money. So your action plan could be “Save $6,000 in the next 6 months for the purchase of my new house”. Because after all, a goal without a plan, is just a desire. Like I’ve said before, your goals do not have to be towards material things, but it’s easier to see it that way.
I rarely have goals like these, to be honest with you. And yes, I’m in my high 30s, and no I don’t want to buy a house…yet. It’s very possible that your goals are similar to someone else’s, but other times, they just won’t fit for anyone else except for you!
Writing Down Your Goals
Reading about Neuroscience has taught me a lot about how our brain works. I remember watching the documentary The Secret back in 2007 and being completely shocked. It was an eye-opener for me and It made me realize I wasn’t an alien for thinking the way I did. I still think I’m an alien at times, but let’s just not go there. Not today! And although I haven’t been very disciplined in this whole goal setting thing, I know for a fact that the goals I’ve reached faster are the ones that I have visualized in one way or another. I’ve written down my goals in sticky notes, journals, on my phone, a vision board, I’ve visualized them using meditation, and most recently, I started including my goals in my planner.
I plan to be a lot more disciplined this year towards my own goal setting rituals and alongside my goals, I always include a motivational quote that will inspire me to not give up. I’ve been doing this on and off for the last 4 years, and it’s without a doubt one of the best ways to stay motivated on the road towards success in goal setting.
Benefits of Writing Down Your Goals
Commitment. Writing down your goals helps you stay more committed towards achieving them.
Provides a vision. Once you start writing down what you want, you instantly begin to have a clear vision of it.
Helps you stay motivated. Seeing your goals written down gives you more motivation to reach them.
Less stress. Believe it or not, once you write them down, you feel less pressure off your shoulders!
Gratitude. This makes all the difference! Being grateful for what you already have, and for your experiences in life, brings you a lot more to be grateful about. Start with 7 ways to practice gratitude every day.
Inspirational Quotes for Goal Setting
Always do what you can, and never give up on your goals! Let’s write down goals, crush them, and repeat!
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