How Many of Your Write Your Goals Down?

by Kim Roach 35 replies
I think writing your goals down on paper is extremely powerful. I know that it's made an incredible difference in my own life.

When you write something down, you aren't just creating a paper record. You're changing the way you think about it. It changes a passing thought into a conviction that's always at the front of your mind.

Instead of just thinking about your dreams and aspirations, you're making them concrete and real.

How many of you write your goals down on paper?

If you don't, I would challenge you to start today.

- Kim Roach

P.S. Writing can also make you 10x more productive. I create an
action list every morning of the things I need to accomplish that
day. Simply writing them down makes me soooo much more productive.

Then I set a timer for each task and that really kicks me into gear.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #goals #write
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
    I literally have page long to-do lists full of ideas and things to do, I highly recommend it. Whenever I feel like I have nothing to do I just look at it and get to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
    I agree with this.
    I went to one of those motivational seminars and there was a big segment on the laws of nature and writing goals before starting on a project.
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  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    I agree but have never done it. Too busy doing it I guess.
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  • I wont go into details because I think its a personal thing, and I don't think it's for everybody for a variety of reasons, but I got a tattoo on my chest, with a phrase that no matter when I hear it, motivates me to reach something better.

    Everyday I spend a few seconds just staring in the mirror, and thats almost always enough to get the day going.

    Money isn't real, George. It doesn't matter. It only seems like it does.

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  • Profile picture of the author SusanUSA
    Everyday I write down the six most important things I want to accomplish that day . . . then I enslave myself to that list. If I don't accomplish everything, it usually goes on the next day's list or a nix it because I've found that it isn't the priority I thought it was.

    If I finish all six before day's end -- I come here . . . or add more tasks . . . or surf . . . or whatever I want. But I try to make sure I get those six important tasks done on that day.

    I don't just pick those six things out of the air. They are part of my bigger plan, which I write two times during the year. I have a planning meeting with myself and actually write a business plan. I start from zero so that I'm not throwing good time and money after bad . . . this has helped me accomplish things that I never expected to have realized in my life.

    Planning and goal writing are powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinw1
    To-do lists are not goals, valuable though they are (I use both). Action items are the steps you take in order to reach the goal. Goals are how you know which actions belong on your daily list!
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  • Profile picture of the author TomBuford
    I keep two lists and a I create my daily to do list on a half standard page so I don't overwhelm myself. Then I keep a legal sheet with a couple weeks worth of bigger tasks and a month at a glance calendar handy. What was that I said about overwhelm? haha

    One thing I did awhile back which was very useful was to create an "Ideas Folder." I would get so distracted with new ideas that I'd lose sight of current projects. Now I write them down and drop them into an "Ideas Folder." I go back to it from time to time to get some inspiration.

    Works for me ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author iceintentions
    I write my goals down. Even though I don't look at them everyday, they are always in the back of my mind. And sooner or later they get checked off. =0)
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hi Kim,

    Not only do I write them down - I have pictures of them on my 'vision board'.

    I believe that the more representations you can provide to your subconsious - the more likely it is to tune you in to bringing those things into your life.

    I'm not really into material things, but this works with any goals.

    The whole law of attraction thing focuses on bringing things into your life, and while I believe that the real secret is always being happy with what you have, there's always room for more happiness in whatever form you desire.


    nothing to see here.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      I write a physical To Do list (never liked computer ones) every evening. Gives me time to think over what needs to be done the next day to get me closer to my goals.
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      • Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

        I write a physical To Do list (never liked computer ones) every evening. Gives me time to think over what needs to be done the next day to get me closer to my goals.

        I'm surprised that you dont outsource
        that job to your Hamsters?

        Take Care,

        Michael Silvester
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          Originally Posted by Michael Silvester View Post


          I'm surprised that you dont outsource
          that job to your Hamsters?

          Take Care,

          Michael Silvester
          That's because hamsters have terrible penmanship.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
        Only goals? How about numbers, what I will be doing today, tomorrow, what I want to write about later, what script I need to research, what ebook do I need to read, what armor do I need to modify for my characters, what digital design will I do next, what art piece will I create next.

        Yes, goals and some more. I go through books. An A5 notebook with 600 pages lasts me 2 months. That excludes the mini-book I hold that has all my sites written down and my passwords.
        "Find the problem and provide the solution."
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    Not only do I write my goals, I have pictures of most
    of them hanging around my office.

    If you knew what I know you'd be doing what I do...
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gile
    I don't write down my goals that often. I usually keep them in my head. Now daily goals, things that I need to get accomplished, I do write down. I have found that if I write down all the things I need to get accomplished down for the next day, not only do I sleep better but I usually get them all accomplished.

    I have a little note pad next to my computer where I write down all the things that have to be done for the next day. Then I number each one in the importance of needing to be accomplished. That way when I start my new day I'm not setting there wondering which one I need to start on.
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  • Profile picture of the author mbacak
    I alway write out my big goals on Dec. 31st and
    my daily goals every night before I go to bed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by mbacak View Post

      I alway write out my big goals on Dec. 31st and
      my daily goals every night before I go to bed.
      That's the date I write the ones I don't intend to stick to - I like to call them 'New Year Resolutions'

      nothing to see here.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I have to agree, for myself, it's amazing that when I've written down my goals, I either hit them or at the very least, increase what I set a goal for.

    Sadly I sure don't do it enough. Maybe this thread is a good kick in the you-know-what to get going.

    Thanks Kim.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
    I agree goals are great. But without a daily to-do list you really get nowhere with goals.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
      You guys are awesome! I like the idea about the vision board...

      "Not only do I write them down - I have pictures of them on my 'vision board'.

      I believe that the more representations you can provide to your subconsious - the more likely it is to tune you in to bringing those things into your life."

      I'll have to try that out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
    Don't just write down your goals, share them publicly. When I started my blog to pay off $72,900 in 2 years I wasn't sure if I would make it, but saying it out loud has solidified it and now I am working my butt off to MAKE SURE I meet it.
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    • Profile picture of the author theredcell
      I like some of the ideas presented here, specifically by Tom with the ideas folder and Andy with the vision board.

      What I've done in the past is give the goal a deadline. Lets say three months and mark it on the calendar. Set bench marks on accomplishing small tasks that will achieve that goal. For instance, I need this done by end of month #1, this by end of month #2, etc...

      This could be gathering and learning a new skill or just plain tasks that have to be accomplished (busy work). If its written, its like a contract. Keep it next to your computer, not in your computer as a file, printed out and post it.

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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        I write down everything I do, from goals to my daily to-do list.

        I am so anal that when I complete a goal or a task, I cross it off my list.

        It's THAT list that keeps me motivated each day.

        Plus, what I do, if I have a large list, after every so many items completed,
        I'll have a box that says "reward yourself" and I'll treat myself to something.
        This really gives me incentive to rifle through my list, especially on days when
        I don't feel like working.
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        • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
          I noticed that in here newbies are advised to BUILD A LIST, BUILD A LIST, BUILD A LIST.

          I guess that also applies to our goals and activites. BUILD A LIST, BUILD A LIST, BUILD A LIST...Hmmm wonderin what kind of tune would go great with that?
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          • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
            I am pictures man, like Andy. Yes, I write them down but as I'm a visual person, nothing focuses me better than a picture, put up on the wall as a constant reminder.

            I've also got a big folder that I combine the images with the written goals that I can refer to before going to sleep. Over the years it's been amazing what's come to materialise because I've allowed my subconscious to work on it while I sleep.

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  • Profile picture of the author Samster
    I have a list that I add to every day. It includes both short and long-term goals. It feel so good when I accomplish something and can cross it off my list.
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    • Profile picture of the author Phil Spinelli
      Don't forget to include a list of habit goals along with things goals.

      Many people don't achieve their goals because they never develop the proper habits.

      If you want to be wealthy, what types of habits do you need to develop, if you want to be a better leader, what types of habits do you need to develop, etc.

      A good place for habit goals is the book "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches by Joe Karbo". The original one, not the updated version by Richard Nixon

      ==== excepts from the book ====

      Concentration. I am easily able to concentrate on any task, and I am completely free of all outside distraction.

      Efficiency. I am always efficient in everything I undertake to do. I always use each minute before it has disappeared forever.

      Courage. I face all my problems with great courage, and thus solve them much more easily.

      Self-assurance. I have completely relaxed self-assurance. I am sure of myself in all situations, and with all people.

      Self-respect. I am the equal of the best of men, and truly capable of great accomplishments.

      Perseverance. I am easily able to persevere and finish any task I undertake.

      Success. I am very successful in all that I do. Because of this I enjoy an abundance of all things, qualities, and conditions necessary to the happiness of myself and those around me. Success comes easily to me.

      Honesty. I am honest with myself and therefore everyone else.

      Organization. I am well organized in every phase of my life.

      Creativity. I treat all problems as opportunities to be creative and as a result my life is vastly enriched

      I start every job by thinking how to do it better than it has been done before. Thinking in terms of a better way, I always find a better way.

      Energy. I possess an abundant supply of energy and draw upon it at will; I know that the more energy I apply to any task, the more I have to apply to the next task.

      Self-improvement. I eagerly seek to improve in every phase of my life.

      Memory. I have an excellent memory, not only for the immediate tasks, but also for all experiences that I have had. It grows better every day.

      Speech. I am an excellent speaker, well prepared, logical, and completely at ease before any group.

      Reading. I read quickly and easily with great comprehension of all subject matter.

      Relaxation. I am easily able to relax as deeply as I wish at any time. I use this ability to conserve my energy.

      Decisiveness. I am quickly decisive in all matters, only making sure that I have complete and accurate data before acting.

      Self-liking. I like myself very much indeed at all times. Since this thought proceeds my actions, I am constantly pleased with my behavior.

      Goals. My goals are high, and I reach them easily and quickly by affirming them constantly.

      Composure. I have complete composure at all times. I accept challenge and arguments calmly and in good spirit. I recognize that disagreement is an inevitable outgrowth when groups of people engage in the problem-solving process.

      Interest in people. I meet people easily and enjoy each new association. I am sincerely interested in people. I find each new personality has some unique quality that enriches my experience.

      Loyalty. I am loyal to all that depend on me.

      Planning. I always plan my work. I organize my efforts for today, tomorrow and the future. I work with my goals in mind. I plan ahead to get ahead.

      Accomplishment. I take pride in a job well done. Accomplishment is my greatest reward. I always do more than I get paid for, so that I ultimately get paid for more than I do.

      Work for quality. I work for quality. I have the patience to do simple things perfectly and thereby strengthen my skill to do difficult things easily.

      Self-starting. I always do things as they need to be done. I start vigorously and promptly each day on each new task. My energetic starts make me an achiever.

      Self-education. I know that leaders are readers. I systematically study books and magazines that increase my earning power.

      Motivation of others. I successfully train others to do my work. I give those who help me generous credit for their accomplishments. The willing support of other people is essential to my success.

      Self-discipline. I know that I can do what I have to do, and I have to do what I set out to do.

      Goal Direction. Every day my goals are nearer because I keep my attention on my goals until I achieve them.

      Calm and cheerful. I am calm and cheerful. I share my inner peace and happiness with others.
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  • Profile picture of the author kjsensei
    I have but only two goals
    neither one has been written down on paper for they weigh heavily on my mind 24/7

    1. To be able to quit my day job by January
    2. to be able to pay my house off

    Once these two goals are near completion I plan on writing my new goals down.,for kaizen is an art of Never ending improvement
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    • Profile picture of the author VinceNouvel
      I write it and stick it everywhere so that I will never forget what I am up to.. Sometimes you might get lost in the game.. Writing it down will make sure you always stick to your plan..
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  • Profile picture of the author adiarycapt
    Hi Warriors,
    It is not just by writing a list, but the list should be accessible. It should be where you can see it as many times as possible within a day, some recommend at least twice per day.

    A goal, be it short, intermediate or long term, is an essential factor for life success. It should be:
    >written down
    >concise and totally clear
    >be meditated on continuously until it becomes part of your subconscious
    (this is easily achieved if you keep the list readily accessible; possibly pasting it over your bed, across the dining table, over your office desk, in a pocket notebook, in the first page of your Bible, etc.).

    Once a goal becomes part of your subconscious so that you live it, dream it and breathe it, it generates faith for its accomplishment. And by this faith nothing can stop you from achieving your heartfelt goal. You simply become unconquerable. Remember, the world stands aside for a man who knows where he is going.

    To your greatest success,
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  • Profile picture of the author RogerV - I do!

    For anyone who hates to-do lists, here's a really great mp3 that's finally a nice way for me to give back to WF.
    (no registration, no marketing, just an mp3 about getting more done in less time - it's absolutely worth your time to listen to it..i've listened to it about 3x just to ingrain it into my head).

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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    I count on my list to keep me focused. Every now and then I find myself drifting and guess what... just read the list and BAM! - right back on track.

    I find my goal sheet is a great way to ALWAYS know exactly what I'm working on (...or what I should be working on).

    Bottom line, with distractions all around mine keeps me focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    There is not a day that doesn't go by that I don't write down my goals. I think that is so important.
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  • Profile picture of the author marley
    Dont really bother with long term goals but compiling a quick to do list on a daily basis i find most useful and helps get things done otherwise you sometimes dont know where to start.
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