Have you ever set goals only to be disappointed when you were not able to accomplish them? It may seem simple, but when it comes to achieving your goals, simply writing them down will improve your chances of achieving them.
According to research carried out by psychology professor Dr Gail Matthews of the Dominican University of California, writing down your goals helps you to achieve them.
In fact, her research showed that people who shared their goals with a friend and gave them weekly updates were on average 33% more likely to be successful in accomplishing our goals, than those who simply voiced their goals.
There are a number of benefits to writing down your goals we should all be aware of;
1. Provides clarity
The act of writing down our goals provides us with an opportunity to clarify what we are working towards. Putting pen to paper helps us to create a concrete plan we can refer to often.
By writing down our goals, we will be clearly able to define what it is we want to accomplish. It makes it more difficult to be vague and allows us to think clearly about to achieve the end result.
2. Keeps us motivated
It is easy to forget about our goals when difficulties arise. However, with our goals written down and displayed somewhere visible, we will be constantly motivated to continue to achieve them. A visible reminder is a powerful tool that will help us remain focused even when we become demotivated.
3. Keep track of our progress
It is easy to give up on our goals when there does not appear to any progress. By writing them down and ticking them off as we achieve them, we will have a record of all our achievements, even the small ones which we sometimes overlook.
To increase your chances of success, start writing down your goals and keep a good friend informed of your progress. Good luck.