I believe for just a few reasons: 1) fear of failure 2) familiarity with our comfort zone
Writing it down commits you to you. And we can handle other people failing us but it’s hard to deal with failure when we have no one to blame but ourselves.
What we don’t realize is that failure is the stuff that success is made of. It is the main ingredient of creativity. So as long as we avoid failure, we are actively avoiding success. And facing the reality of a possible failure takes us out of our comfort zone.
I encourage you to literally write down your goals daily. At the same time, every morning. It’s important that you start your day with your goals in front of you. No cheating and writing them down on a post it and sticking them on the bathroom mirror. No. Physically write them down every morning until you can recite them and write them from memory. Then keep doing it.
REWIRING YOUR BRAIN
The reticular activating system (RAS), or extrathalamic control modulatory system, is a set of connected nuclei in the brains of vertebrates that is responsible for regulating wakefulness and sleep-wake transitions. As its name implies, its most influential component is the reticular formation.
There are some interesting points about your RAS that make it an essential tool for achieving goals.
First, you can deliberately program the reticular activating system by choosing the exact messages you send from your consicous mind. For example, you can set goals, or say affirmations, or visualize your goals. Napoleon Hill said that we can achieve any realistic goal if we keep on thinking of that goal, and stop thinking any negative thoughts about it. Of course, if we keep thinking that we can’t achieve a goal, our subconscious will help us NOT achieve it.
Second, your reticular activating system cannot distinguish between ‘real events’ and ‘synthetic’ reality. In other words it tends to believe whatever message you give it. Imagine that you’re going to be giving a speech. You can practice giving that speech by visualizing it in your mind. This ‘pretend’ practice should improve your ability to give the speech.
So with that being said………here’s your plan of action
1) Write them down! Statistics show people who write down their goals have over an 80% higher success rate of achieving them. Start a Goals journal. Make sure they are SMART goals- specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented and time-limited.
A) Create a plan made of small doable steps to get you where you want to be, with timelines. Review your plan daily.
B) Write down your compelling reason for wanting the goal. Write it with passion, with feeling, with energy.
Just in case you haven’t been sold yet on the undeniable necessity of purposefully writing down daily goals every night and yearly goals every morning…….here’s 22 reasons why you should
1. Thoughts get easily forgotten and lost in everyday life – We think lots of thoughts everyday; about 60 000 of them everyday!
2. By writing our goals down on paper, we are clarifying what is most important to us.
3. Writing down our goals and dreams eliminates distraction.
4. It helps us have a reference point of in what direction we want to go.
5. It becomes a personal road map to have our goals written down.
6. It helps us review our goals and progress every day.
7. By writing we become focused and specific; our thoughts become crystallized.
8. Therefore we can more easily see the larger picture and create manageable smaller steps to achieve our goals.
9. We are able to put our thoughts in categories and decide what is most necessary on a daily basis.
10. It becomes easier to take action! (easier to see what needs to be done)
11. It’s great for time management. By breaking down the steps and taking concise action. (to-do-lists)
12. Planning get so much easier when you have an overview of your thoughts and goals.
13. You will become more organized in your approach to reach your goals.
14. By writing down our dreams, it helps us define them. (and you naturally engage all your senses, which
makes it all more attractive to the universe)
15. Writing them down gives your subconscious mind a clear target.
16. It gives your subconscious mind a clear message and it will start to seek-and-find the easiest way for you
to reach your goals and dreams.
17. Writing down your goals and dreams will help build positive expectancy; you begin to see it’s doable.
18. It shows commitment to yourself, that you intend to achieve your goals.
19. It makes us accountable to ourselves and we feel good when we see the progress moving forward on
paper when we tick of things on our to-do-list.
20. It’s a powerful declaration to ourselves; an intention, and we all know that intentions rule the world…
21. The written word provides an anchor to you. Having a mission statement for example helps you get back to basics if you’d ever feel lost or unfocused.
22. Writing down your goals and dreams and keeping the paper in front of you, with you, on your bath room mirror, will constantly remind you of what your goals and dreams are and thus you will become laser-focused!