Warriors, do you Write Down Your Goals?

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Dear Warriors,

Goal setting has been proven to be working.
I would like to know whether you write down your goals?
And maybe you have some tips to share with us today?
#goal setting
  • Profile picture of the author mbrown
    I myself always write down goals. Whether short term or long term developing a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly is important.

    To really harness success you have to have a plan, an agenda and you have to follow through with it.

    I used to manager Physical stores awhile back and the same concept held true and I've simply carried that mindset all throughout my IM time. It's almost funny that no matter what type of business you succeed in, mindset and goal setting are always a factor.

    At night I usually write down my most important goals for the next day. Things I want to take care of first before working on anything else.

    Every couple weeks I'll kinda do a self check to see how far of gotten on my monthly goals. About 1/4-1/2 through the year I like to do a self evaluation of where I am at for the year... Have I met my goals? Do I have bigger goals to tackle? Am I on pace for what I am going to accomplish?

    I find doing this helps me keep everything in perspective. While, it's possible to have accidental short term success I believe that it's not possible to have continued success without the proper drive and foundation and that involves goal setting and charting your own course along the way by mapping out and achieving your goals.
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    • Profile picture of the author katherine7
      I like you advise of setting daily and long term goals and evaluating your progress each week. I do this as well. I find that one of the most important things for me is to make my goals real. In other words, as I am writing my long term goals it is important for me to feel what my life will be like when I achieve these goals. It is easy to write a goal such as, I will make $10,000 next month. But unless you know why you are setting this goal, it is unlikely that you will achieve it. I usually write a couple of paragraphs about my goals and how reaching them will affect my life to put everything in context. That way I will know why I am setting that goal and I have the motivation to stay on track and be persistent on the journey.
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      • Profile picture of the author NicholasCarter
        Hey there everyone. I agree with you Shawn writing down your goals is extremely beneficial. How do you get to achieve success if you don't know what is that you want in life? I can say whole heartedly that writing down your goals on a short term and the long term can create massive success. I believe that we hold the potential to create anything we want in life. Those that create success are not a victim of circumstances but don't let circumstances stop them. How do we achieve success? Having goals, that lead us to a dream that lead us to a vision
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    • Profile picture of the author jrundell
      Originally Posted by mbrown View Post

      I myself always write down goals. Whether short term or long term developing a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly is important.

      To really harness success you have to have a plan, an agenda and you have to follow through with it.

      I used to manager Physical stores awhile back and the same concept held true and I've simply carried that mindset all throughout my IM time. It's almost funny that no matter what type of business you succeed in, mindset and goal setting are always a factor.

      At night I usually write down my most important goals for the next day. Things I want to take care of first before working on anything else.

      Every couple weeks I'll kinda do a self check to see how far of gotten on my monthly goals. About 1/4-1/2 through the year I like to do a self evaluation of where I am at for the year... Have I met my goals? Do I have bigger goals to tackle? Am I on pace for what I am going to accomplish?

      I find doing this helps me keep everything in perspective. While, it's possible to have accidental short term success I believe that it's not possible to have continued success without the proper drive and foundation and that involves goal setting and charting your own course along the way by mapping out and achieving your goals.
      When you Visualize your Dreams they are most Defined and identified by actuating your specific steps to achiving Goals. The very first action you must take in setting your directional pace, is Placing to Document your Specific goals and what you Will do to achive these Exact Aspirations . There can be no Middle Ground , Grey Area or Possibility of Failure. Success must become the Omnipotent Arrival !
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Rofe
    "A goal is just a wish until it's written down."

    I do monthly goals, long term goals, short term goals, and 101 general goals.

    Daily goals when I'm on point, too.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
      I see, thanks a lot.
      A lot of you really set goals in your life, but do you really achieve your goals?
      So if you fail to achieve your goals, what do you think the reasons are?
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      • Profile picture of the author dwieder
        im my case, i write down my goals and prioritize them. i like to see my goals being achieved and my problems why i never achieved it. for me to be able to develop and use the lesson learn to avoid repetitive mistakes. this serves as a reminder for me to focus on my work and never stop working until im done.
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      • Profile picture of the author vtaylor
        Hi ShawnLim,

        I tend to write down goals for the day, mostly in a little notebook I keep right at the computer. (I'm looking at it now!) But this is really for short term goals, things I plan to do in the next few hours or tonight. I can grab it up, glance at it to see if I can check those few things off.

        But for longer term goals, I use Project Management software. Most of us are smart, otherwise we wouldn't be focused on building something bigger than ourselves, right? But even the smartest of us have difficulty keeping every single task, strategy and activity that we should be performing at the forefront of our minds. That's why I use a system to help me stay on top of the work to be done.

        To me, "goal setting" is the beginning of "goal-doing." And in order to "do" there has to be some type of mechanism or system in place where you can view them, check them off, measure your progress, make adjustments.

        So, I write down the "near" in the little notebook and slot in the "far" in my project manager. I used to use MS Project but it was too complicated, so I decided to spring for a free account at BaseCamp. In addition to my online enterprises, I run an offline business in which my clients want to interact online (pay their bills, etc.), so I use FreshBooks. I mention this because I'm happy that BaseCamp connects with FreshBooks so my project tasks on behalf of my clients don't get overlooked, they get billed automatically. As a matter of fact, this works so well, I recently upgraded to a paid account.

        "I've got it all up here" (as he thumps his head) is like a rite of passage to some. But boy, is that dead wrong! I think a big hurdle to cross for many people is getting started with writing down their goals. Keeping "it all" in their heads (to the best of their ability) is really an indicator of fear: simply scared to commit to a real plan for failure it will not pan out.

        For anyone who's interested, here's a copy of Paul Smithson's excellent Goal Setting Report (just download, no email or opt-in needed). And if you'd rather not have your goals and tasks hosted elsewhere (even if it is a free account), here's a super-simple project management tool you can use on your own computer (free software, runs on MS Windows).

        Of course, you could use the task manager in Outlook or one of the task managers in Linux, if so inclined. But goal setting is the little brother of "goal doing", so just get going!

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        • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
          Hi vtaylor, thank you so much for your sharing and explaination.

          Do you guys share your goals with others?

          Because some people think that they should share their goals with other people.
          The moment they did this, there is no other option for them but to achieve their
          goals.

          Some other people think about this differently, they thought that we shouldn't share
          our goals so that we will not get dragged down by the negativity from our surrounding.

          What do you think?
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          • Profile picture of the author StuartStewart
            It's probably fine to share goals with like minded people as they understand the process; unfortunately sharing goals with the wrong people can be disasterous. Particularly those who have our "best interests at heart". My father has tried to crush every idea I've ever shared with him. It's not personal, he does to everyone including himself; the poor man has never lived a dream; what is life with out hope?
            Fortunately I learned at an early age to ignore his advice; as a result I've had a very adventurous life.
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            • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
              Originally Posted by StuartStewart View Post

              It's probably fine to share goals with like minded people as they understand the process; unfortunately sharing goals with the wrong people can be disasterous. Particularly those who have our "best interests at heart". My father has tried to crush every idea I've ever shared with him. It's not personal, he does to everyone including himself; the poor man has never lived a dream; what is life with out hope?
              Fortunately I learned at an early age to ignore his advice; as a result I've had a very adventurous life.

              You're right.
              However, most people will be supportive to your goals.
              In fact, putting yourself on the line by making a public commitment is a great
              tips in goal setting success. This is because you are putting yourself
              on a position where failure is not an option.

              This is just like you don't want to fail because you don't want
              your father to look down on you. You are actually turning the negative
              thoughts into positive drive that keeps you going.
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          • Profile picture of the author miree252
            Yes I do share my goals. I really don't worry about negativity. I also write down my goals, say them aloud everyday. I feel you should voice your goals to others because it will cause you to work harder to fulfill your goals. One of my goals is to be earning a five figure monthly income in 6 months..

            So, I am doing everything I can to reach that figure. Thanks.
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          • Profile picture of the author samthor
            1st off yeah, i write mine down. the long term and the daily mini goals meant to reach the long term ones.

            as far as sharing them .... it really depends on WHO the other person is, or the quality of their character or even the nature of your relationship.
            Some will be supportive some will tear you down.
            Some simply won't understand, some may be helpful.
            As always, know who you are talking to by listening before you start talking.

            Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

            Hi vtaylor, thank you so much for your sharing and explaination.

            Do you guys share your goals with others?

            Because some people think that they should share their goals with other people.
            The moment they did this, there is no other option for them but to achieve their
            goals.

            Some other people think about this differently, they thought that we shouldn't share
            our goals so that we will not get dragged down by the negativity from our surrounding.

            What do you think?
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            Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

            Hi vtaylor, thank you so much for your sharing and explaination.

            Do you guys share your goals with others?

            Because some people think that they should share their goals with other people.
            The moment they did this, there is no other option for them but to achieve their
            goals.

            Some other people think about this differently, they thought that we shouldn't share
            our goals so that we will not get dragged down by the negativity from our surrounding.

            What do you think?
            I tend not to share my goals with people because of the usual pessimism shown by most people. This de-stabilises me and affects my positivity. I only tell when i start to achieve.
            What would you call this?
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          • Profile picture of the author Eziseo
            Yes I always write down my goals and use checklists ESPECIALLY for my SEO and website optimization tasks. Makes a massive difference to my productivity. Used to spin my wheels all the time and so now I stick to a my goals and segment the bigger long term ones into shorter ones monthly , weekly and daily. Found its vital to get big anything done! BTW pmore to do list are fine as long as they ar part of goals
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            • Profile picture of the author yellowtaxi
              Yes writing Goals Work, but you also need to work to make it work, only writing cannot make, i have written my goals several times, but not able to achieve even once, it not the writing goals wont worked, it is that i haven't worked to make it work. Goals give you direction, but you need to push yourself to that direction to reach there.
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    • Profile picture of the author CalGolden
      Originally Posted by Rachel Rofe View Post

      "A goal is just a wish until it's written down."

      I do monthly goals, long term goals, short term goals, and 101 general goals.

      Daily goals when I'm on point, too.
      Spot on, Rachel. You must write down your goals so that you can better visualize them. Once your goals are clear in your mind, then you can take the necessary steps to reach them.

      One resource that I helps me immensely in keeping track of and reaching my goals is the Goal Getter Kit by Nancy Morris. It is very reasonably priced and very useful.


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      • Profile picture of the author Rayleigh
        I'm a bit of a stubborn individual. I am sure of myself about my goals, that i don't even write them down. Then i realised the folly of this way of thinking. I was re-reading Brian Tracy's 'Maximum Achievement' book a few days back, and that opened my eyes.

        I'm in the process of writing them down clearly, in the way he teaches. He really is something else, this man.
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        • Profile picture of the author gdavis01
          In my case, I also write down my goals and then categorize them based on priorities. If a goal seems a little complex to achieve, I write down all the details and make them like sub-goals, and more sub-goals if needed. I sometimes put motivational words or a reminder right next to the goal like what is the purpose of this goal and why it is really important. Every week or whenever I have a chance, I always check on these goals to see what I have done lately to move myself closer to a current goal. I also put little notes or symbols (for personal goals) on my work table, or computer wallpaper as a reminder.
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          • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
            I always do...or else I forget them and thus dont complete them! :|
            Zach
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            • Profile picture of the author gdavis01
              I forgot to mention that I write down my goals on excel spreadsheets. There are columns for date started, target date, and days remaining. The number of days remaining column is my favorite part, because I can really feel the pressure when I am starting to run out of time. I don't need to update that column, because I inserted a formula so it will automatically compute for the remaining days based on current date of the computer that I am using.
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          • Profile picture of the author colinredk
            Yes, I do write my goals. But my failure would be in not writing down all my goals, particularly long-term goals.

            I write down daily goals, much like a to-do list, at the start of the day. Things to do, and finish. For the most part these are items which have to be done today. Because they don't count if they're not done on time.

            And I have goal setting sessions on a weekly basis. Over brunch with my partner who lives 40 miles, in that direction. These are later the basis for the daily goals and to-do lists.

            The monthly goals are fixed right now. But these are always there at the back of our minds. And these serve as basis for the weekly goal setting sessions.

            The big long-term goals are so strong, we've not put them down to paper. We've had this goal for the past year or so and are slowly going for it.
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            • Profile picture of the author GeorgeWhitaker
              I have write down a goal on each page of my notebook. Then I write down steps to achieve that goal. Once a step has been taken, I put a checkmark next to it. I find this to be the best way to track which goals I have accomplished already.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael44a
    Yes, I write down my goals on a DAILY basis! That way, MY GOLAS remain CRYSTAL CLEAR at all times. I also add the human body senses to each goal.
    Like for example, I am currently ramping up to purchase a Jaguar XK Coupe. I have the exact car (blue coupe) on my desktop and also on my screen saver. I see it, I feel it, I smell it, I touch it and I hear it. Yes, It sinks into my subconscious mind.
    Now its just a matter of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danyelle
      I'm big into goal listing.

      I do my daily goals in the morning as part of my a.m. routine
      I do weekly goals on sunday nights
      i do monthly goals on the first
      i have long term goals 1 and 5 year
      ultimate goals
      and separate goal lists of benchmarks i want to reach in various areas of my life

      It WORKS! I am so much more accomplished and driven due to my goal lists
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        I think that writing down goals and to-do's is essential for freeing up headspace. My notebooks are like USB stick drives to me - portable brain extensions. If I do try keeping important stuff in my head, I'll usually find when I go to retrieve it that it's been over-written by something far less vital
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        • Profile picture of the author vtaylor
          I do tend to share my goals with others, but it really depends on the project and who the "others" are. For example, as I develop my web hosting informational site, I talk about hosting-related topics to those I'm around on a regular basis. In the course of conversations, sometimes even randomly, what I "plan" to do comes out.

          The resultant questions and feedback helps me refine my goals, make adjustments and maybe even scrap some ideas.
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          • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
            Yes I always write down goals.

            here is how I go about setting and achieving my goals quickly and on time

            first I choose my long term goal my yearly goal.

            then I write down monthly goals that will help me reach the yearly goal

            Then I write down weekly goals that will help me reach my monthly goal

            Then I write down daily goals that will help me reach my weekly goal.


            If You are always reaching your daily goals you will start an effect that will help you reach your weekly monthly and yearly goals.

            Before I start everyday I take about 30 minutes to look over my goals and visualize my self acheiving my goals.

            By the time I am done I am so fired up for the day I feel like I am driven by somthing else, and nothing stops me from reaching my daily goals.
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            • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
              Did you write your goals on a piece of paper and paste it somewhere you can
              see it often? Like on the wall in front of your desk?
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              • Profile picture of the author wandererw
                I just started a blog to tell the world about my goal. It really helps to keep me focused.

                And I find that setting a goal with a dateline helps a lot. Rather than say, "I'm going to learn French.", try saying "I'm going to learn French by Dec 2009."
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                • Profile picture of the author Oosha
                  I am in the habit of writing down my goals: long-term and short-term. This helps me stay focused.

                  Beginning with the yearly goals, I bring them down to monthly and weekly. Daily targets help me a great deal in achieving those weekly/monthly goals. If I miss a day's work, I make sure I catch up within that week.

                  I feel the need to discuss my goals, my small successes and failures. I have a friend who I discuss things with and this provides the motivation I need in spite of the fact that she knows nothing about writing or internet marketing.

                  Writing down stuff we wish to achieve is a great way to ensure that we are going in the right direction. I love to see the word "DONE" next to the tasks accomplished. That sense of achievement helps me with the rest of the journey.
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                  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
                    Originally Posted by Oosha View Post

                    Writing down stuff we wish to achieve is a great way to ensure that we are going in the right direction. I love to see the word "DONE" next to the tasks accomplished. That sense of achievement helps me with the rest of the journey.
                    Wow..
                    Good tips.. write a 'done' word on what's had been done..
                    This is really going motivate us to take more action..
                    It is just like the reward and punish system..
                    Great sharing
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        • Profile picture of the author summer07
          Originally Posted by astracadia View Post

          I think that writing down goals and to-do's is essential for freeing up headspace. My notebooks are like USB stick drives to me - portable brain extensions. If I do try keeping important stuff in my head, I'll usually find when I go to retrieve it that it's been over-written by something far less vital
          I've found the same thing. When I write everything down in one place, it's easy to keep track and to stay on track. Otherwise, I get distracted by putting out "little fires" all day.

          Writing down goals (daily as well as longer-term) becomes even more important with the increasing information overload from spending so much time online. The more time I spend online, the more I need to use pen and paper to stay focused and grounded. Kind of ironic....
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  • Profile picture of the author devan
    long term, short term, monthly and i read them every night before i go to sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author gussie789
      IT IS A MUST that you write down your goals, as in doing so you focus on them. Read them every day, prioritize and work on them. If your goals are constantly in front of you the desire to achieve them becomes more pronounced.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Tello
          I am constantly writing down goals. If you do not have an outcome that you desire, how do you know that you have reached that outcome, or success?


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          • Profile picture of the author catpsionic
            hi, every Warrior

            I'm a newbie here. Thanks a lot for everyone's valuable opinion.

            I think no one would negative the power of goal-setting, but different people have different approach.

            I would like to share 2 resources on the topic that I think may be helpful for you:

            Goal Setting that REALLY WORKS!

            It Works by R H Jarrett
            ( a classic of New Thought Movement written in 1926)

            hope u like it
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            • Profile picture of the author catpsionic
              There's a comprehensive review on the book " It Works" on amazon, I found it quite helpful.

              "How to put 'It Works' to work for YOU" by someone named Brad Jensen

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              • Profile picture of the author Nino C
                I use Mindmapping... works great for me.
                usualy i get tons of ideas during the day, and when its time to put them together and start making goals, I have already forgotten half of them but its OK, i only need one of them to make it BIG
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                • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
                  Yes, I've written my goals and I review them each night before I go to bed. Sometimes, I will review them again when I wake up in the morning; after my meditation.
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                  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
                    Hi Nino,
                    Is mindmapping created by Tony Buzan?
                    How it works?
                    It is like drawing a 'spider' kind of map right?
                    Mind to share your tips here?

                    Dear Christie,
                    You are using meditation for motivation?
                    This is what I have been looking for.
                    Mind to teach how you do it?
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                    • Profile picture of the author hibernate
                      1) I also Mindmap. I currently am a novice mindmapper and use Mindmanager by Mindjet on my PC. I find that preferable to pen and paper mindmapping as I am always adding to my maps. Many Fortune 500 companies reportedly use MindManager.

                      2) Regarding writing down goals; somewhere I read about a study of Harvard graduates that were surveyed 10 years after graudation. Those that wrote down their goals while in college earned 10 times more than those that did not.
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                    • Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

                      Hi Nino,
                      Is mindmapping created by Tony Buzan?
                      How it works?
                      It is like drawing a 'spider' kind of map right?
                      Mind to share your tips here?

                      Dear Christie,
                      You are using meditation for motivation?
                      This is what I have been looking for.
                      Mind to teach how you do it?
                      Hi shawn, if you are interested in using Meditation or visualisation for Goal Archiving i have a right place for you... mind to mesasge me if you are interested.. Well i'm from malaysia.. nice to meet you =D

                      well actually having a goal is Really important, Written it down is much more important... as said by Napoleon Hill and Bob protor ^^
                      try write it down on Goal Card.. and carry it it to anywhere
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                      • Profile picture of the author CWSusan
                        When I write my goals I am more successful. When I don't, I am less successful!

                        I am now in a planning session with myself (we get along pretty well) to plan the last trimester of this year. I not only plan my business, but also my personal life. For example, I am planning 500 mile walk across Spain for this time next year. Since I have a date targeted, I can get ready for it, both physically and financially.

                        Life it good and it's better when we plan and write our goals.
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                        • Originally Posted by CWSusan View Post

                          When I write my goals I am more successful. When I don't, I am less successful!

                          I am now in a planning session with myself (we get along pretty well) to plan the last trimester of this year. I not only plan my business, but also my personal life. For example, I am planning 500 mile walk across Spain for this time next year. Since I have a date targeted, I can get ready for it, both physically and financially.

                          Life it good and it's better when we plan and write our goals.
                          "Success is a Progessive Realization of Ideals or Goals"
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                          • Profile picture of the author irmawan
                            of course, i write them in details and the next step on what to do next and so on..

                            planning is the key to achieve anything you desire. i mean proper planning.
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                            • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
                              I don't do it daily. Each month I sit down and write my goals down in each of my life's categories. Sometimes I only have a few new goals in any category. If I fail to meet one of the previous month's goals, I carry it over to the next month until it's completed.

                              Then I plan out for the next six months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, and lifetime in each of these categories.

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                  • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
                    Originally Posted by Christie Love View Post

                    Yes, I've written my goals and I review them each night before I go to bed. Sometimes, I will review them again when I wake up in the morning; after my meditation.
                    How to do proper meditation?
                    Is it effective? Can you share to me the
                    result of doing meditation for you?
                    Thanks..
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  • Profile picture of the author pmore
    Wow - so many of you write down goals... I feel left out. The only lists I have are to-do lists.

    I think I'll try converting them to more of a steps to ____ goal style list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Storyteller
    Shawn,
    I do write down goals but found they didn't translate into action. The best help I found was when I learned about "enabling goals"--the midterm goals that help you achieve the long-term ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author bmitch213
      I have to write goals. When I sold cars a guy taught me all about writing goals. He was the top salesman making over 100k a year so I thought it would be a good idea to listen to him.
      Now its a part of my everyday life. I write goals for my personal life and business.
      If you don't have a goal then how do you know what your striving for? Just my belief.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    When I started writing goals, I ended up writing so many goals! Now I am putting a deadline on each and will never write a new goal until I achieve prior goals first.
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      Not a shameless plug, I just think you might all get something out of this:

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    • Profile picture of the author Devin T
      Originally Posted by Mark Brian View Post

      When I started writing goals, I ended up writing so many goals! Now I am putting a deadline on each and will never write a new goal until I achieve prior goals first.
      Mark made a key point. Not only does one need to write down their goals, but they need to put some form of numerical value on it, such as time!

      Ex: You've gained weight over the past few years and an old friend comes to visit and comments on how you've gained some weight. All of a sudden you're looking at yourself in the mirror, saying OK! I'm going to lose weight! and... you don't.

      So you decide to write it down, and not only are you going to write it down, but you decide you want to lose 10 lbs! But guess what, the weight is STILL there!

      Then you realize, Not only do I need a written goal specifying how much weight I'm going to lose, but set a deadline for this goal! This is when you will start to see results!
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRealDomainer
      Yes. Writing goals is important.

      But having targets is more realistic.

      Set a goal and work towards achieving it with target.
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      • Profile picture of the author Devin T
        Originally Posted by TheRealDomainer View Post

        Yes. Writing goals is important.

        But having targets is more realistic.

        Set a goal and work towards achieving it with target.
        By target I'm assuming you mean objectives. Goals are part of objectives, but remember, objectives need to be quantified (# and time).
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    • Profile picture of the author VIP Success Club
      I've been searching for the key for successful goal writting forever. And I don't think I've found a method yet that is absolutely foolproof. The funny thing is that what works for me is not necessarily what works for someone else.

      I can tell you 55 methods that don't work for me!

      At the end of the day, the most powerful thing is actually committing your goals to paper and keeping them on your mind! So few people write their goals down and funnily enough these same people control a huge proportion of the worlds wealth!

      If you try one method of goal setting and it doesn't work, you are not a failure.

      The only time you fail in goal setting is if you fail to set another goal!
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    • Profile picture of the author dspruyt
      I dont write my goals.. I dont really believe in them. Not sure if you all have read Jack Zufelt's "DNA of Success". He mentions that as long as we know it's a genuine desire, it's something that we wont stop to achieve nobody how tough the obstacles are.

      I'm not sure about you guys, but most people write many goals and they only achieve 1-2 out of the 10. =P

      I dont write my goals but I believe I can achieve what I want. =) Just my point of view here. =)
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
        I do write down specific goals I am targeting and read them everyday. I also have a daily to do list, which is not really goals, but has been important in keeping me on track towards hitting my goals.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
          Originally Posted by Jeff Schuman View Post

          I do write down specific goals I am targeting and read them everyday. I also have a daily to do list, which is not really goals, but has been important in keeping me on track towards hitting my goals.
          Hi Mr.Jeff,

          . It's been a long time.
          Rite now I am doing some bloggings.
          Thanks for your help and advice previously.
          I also have my time table and my checklist
          on what to do day after day.

          All these small works are aiming to bring me
          nearer to my goals which is to suceed online.
          The thing that I still haven't done is the
          "Write Your Goal" and "Read it Everyday".

          I read a book not long time ago about that.
          It says something about "subconcious mind".
          By reading and seeing your goal everyday,
          actually you are programming your mind to
          achieve that..
          So I better apply it fast...


          Regards,


          Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      Yeah sure. I write my goals down and make sure that I can see it. If I can see it, I can get it.

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    • Profile picture of the author lianwei
      Well i have a to do list and I am not sure if you call that a goal. There are certain tasks I must complete daily..
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Pena
      There is no doubt that setting goals is a must for success !!! Sharing your goals with others is a great way to live and enforce your goal. There is also a certain sense of accountability in sharing your goal. I recommend all to create, share, and live your goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTurnbull
    I've got goals all over the place. I have a ton of exercise books where I've had a thought and then done calculations and set goals for a certain project + I have a document on my Mac called "The Vision" which is a summary of where I see myself (and my business) going over the next 3 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnpetrov
    Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it - ink it!

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  • Profile picture of the author krysti
    Hello there!

    Yes, what I do is write down 10 goals and leave them in a notebook. I put the notebook aside and don't look at it for 6 months.

    I open it up after 6 months have gone by and 95% of my goals have been accomplished. It works great. I have taught my 19 year old daughter to do the same thing and she is so happy with her results.

    It's like you write it down, believe it will happen then forget about it. The universe takes care of it from there and makes it happen!

    take good care,
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    • Profile picture of the author tedwards
      Committing to Your Goals

      Have you ever set a goal and not achieved it? Most people have. In fact, it's quite common for people to get stuck in an endless cycle of setting goals and then quitting them shortly afterwards - and accomplishing nothing at all.

      Why do people do this? One of the biggest reasons is a lack of commitment to their goal. Without commitment a goal will gradually shrink in importance, and the temptation to quit will seem much more attractive, especially when obstacles cause setbacks and delays.

      On the other hand, if you make a serious commitment and then continually remind yourself of it, you'll be much more likely to persevere and achieve the goal.

      Here's how to commit to your goals:

      1) First and foremost, you have to make sure that every goal you set is of VITAL importance to you. This can be tricky because we so often fool ourselves into thinking we want one thing when we want something entirely different. Take some time with this part of the process, and be sure that you get to the heart of what you really want. Why do you want it? What will it do for you? What positive things will it bring to your life? How will it help you? How will it make you feel when it's accomplished?

      Write all of this down and keep it handy so you can refer to it as often as necessary if you feel your commitment beginning to slip.

      Also ask yourself if your goal is worth the effort and sacrifice that will be needed to achieve it. If you can honestly answer yes, you are on the way!

      2) Think about what will happen if you don't follow through. Would nothing much happen if you don't achieve your goal? If not, then you need to raise the stakes! You have to make your goal the most important thing in the world, and if you don't do it, you'll deal with negative consequences. Even if you have to indulge in a bit of "make believe" in order to do this, do it. For example, play up the fact that you'll lose respect for yourself if you don't follow through; or you might agree to give up something you love if you don't make it happen.

      3) Then, each and every day, renew your commitment. It's easy to be committed you're your goal is new and your motivation is high, but you need to be able to STAY committed - no matter what! Each day when you awaken, read through the goal you wrote down on the first day, and stress again how vitally important it is to you. Promise yourself that you're going to do as much as you can to work on your goal that day, and every day until you achieve it.


      When it comes right down to it, no one can achieve your goals for you. If you want to achieve them, you'll have to find the determination necessary to keep going. Inactivity and procrastination are usually nothing more than bad habits. Turning those habits into something more positive and productive is as simple as taking it a day at a time and working your hardest to change your life. The more committed and determined you are to making your goal happen, the more likely you'll do just that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
      Originally Posted by krysti View Post

      Hello there!

      Yes, what I do is write down 10 goals and leave them in a notebook. I put the notebook aside and don't look at it for 6 months.

      I open it up after 6 months have gone by and 95% of my goals have been accomplished. It works great. I have taught my 19 year old daughter to do the same thing and she is so happy with her results.

      It's like you write it down, believe it will happen then forget about it. The universe takes care of it from there and makes it happen!

      take good care,

      The way you share is the same as what I read from book
      "The Secret".. Is it really true about the "Law of Attraction"?
      Things like the universe will make your wish come true as
      long as you believe in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author drkellogs
    I do write my goals.

    But maybe not in the traditional sense.

    I write them as projects to accomplish.

    For example if I want to have 1 million dollars, I don't write I'm a millionaire.

    I write how do I build a website that attracts 400,000 visitors a month.

    Then I break down the steps, and get to work
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  • Profile picture of the author vorales
    Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

    Dear Warriors,

    Goal setting has been proven to be working.
    I would like to know whether you write down your goals?
    And maybe you have some tips to share with us today?
    Hi Shawn,

    I write my goal in my dairy. I wrote my goal in June 2008.

    Before this I never did and I thought goal is only apply to the company. After I join IM, the program that I joined give a free E Book by Napoleon Hill - Think And Grow Rich.

    I also had gone through the boot camp given by Success University. Since then I started to convert my dream into GOAL.

    The GOAL supposed to be write on a piece of paper and paste it on the wall that can be seen easily. But for my self, I write it on diary. I use to chant it everyday whenever I wake up early in the morning.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
      Originally Posted by vorales View Post

      Hi Shawn,

      I write my goal in my dairy. I wrote my goal in June 2008.

      Before this I never did and I thought goal is only apply to the company. After I join IM, the program that I joined give a free E Book by Napoleon Hill - Think And Grow Rich.

      I also had gone through the boot camp given by Success University. Since then I started to convert my dream into GOAL.

      The GOAL supposed to be write on a piece of paper and paste it on the wall that can be seen easily. But for my self, I write it on diary. I use to chant it everyday whenever I wake up early in the morning.

      That's great news.

      It is good to see so many people written down their goals.
      Although goal setting is not complicated, but it is much more than just writing
      down your goals.

      Plainly writing down your goals will not make your dreams come true, you will need to
      take tons of action toward it.

      It is action that produces results, not goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
    I have this book to act as my "diary" where
    inside got this calendar like column where I can
    put my goals and what I had went through each
    day. For example I want to reduce my spending
    by keeping record of what I am spending for
    each day. But the problem is, I don't have the
    time to review it back to see what I am spending
    my money for. As time goes by, I become more
    and more lazy to see my previous spending as
    the pages become too many. At last, my spending
    was still the same as before.

    What should I do?

    One more thing. I really love to earn money online.
    In order to do the promotion, I know that I must do
    a lot of things. When I think about it, I become
    intimidated and confuse which one to go first.
    But still I go on with the promotion methods and
    do one by one. Then after trying few methods, I
    start to feel confused because I really need to follow
    up the promotions that I made before while I need
    start new one. I don't have proper way to do the
    records like having personal assistant that will remind
    me what to do...

    Does anyone having the same situation as me?
    What did you do to overcome this?


    Regards,


    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I write down my daily goals everyday. If I want to make a new video on YouTube I do that. If I want to write 2 articles about work at home then I write it down the night before.

    Writing your goals DOES work. You just have to do it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
    For me, goals supposed to be something like a check lists for us to do in the future. Short term goal is the small part of the check list where when all the small parts of the check list had been done, the long term goal will also be achieved at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vector
    I 've been doing that for over 15 years now. I also do mind maps which to me is really a more complete system for creating the action plans necessary to achieve the goals. I write them now on Google docs and are there for me everywhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
      I think we can also write our step by steps goal inside
      blog as our reminder. While we can keep track of our
      goals, people can learn from us and also we get traffic.
      But excluding private goal as it is hazardous.

      What about it? Is it good? =)
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      • Profile picture of the author Vector
        Originally Posted by Bizmind View Post

        I think we can also write our step by steps goal inside
        blog as our reminder. While we can keep track of our
        goals, people can learn from us and also we get traffic.
        But excluding private goal as it is hazardous.

        What about it? Is it good? =)
        Care to expand? inside as on posts, articles or a hidden section?
        I do like the general idea though.

        Jay
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        • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
          I'm just learning to set goals. I found a great step-by-step tutorial on goal setting in a fantastic book called "SuperSelf" by Charles Givens. It's out of print, so I bought my copy secondhand from Amazon for £0.31.

          I'm also really impressed with some of the techniques in this thread that other members use.

          For those guys who want to share their goals with the world, there's a website called 43 Things that allows you to do just that. For now, I think I'll be keeping mine to myself...
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        • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
          Originally Posted by Vector View Post

          Care to expand? inside as on posts, articles or a hidden section?
          I do like the general idea though.

          Jay
          What I mean is to type our goal and step by step how we achieve them
          in the public post where everyone can read. We can select which goal to
          share and which goal not to be shared.
          For example, I love to blog and also I am interested to learn about PHP
          programming. So I create a blog about PHP programming. Whatever I plan and learned about PHP programming I will put it inside the post. Maybe they are people out there who also have the same goal so we can help each other and communicate through the blog.

          This blog can help us to be more discipline towards our goal because it need to be updated everyday and that will give us the drive to continue to learn about new things related to the goal everyday.
          When people with the same interest found our blog, they sure will want
          to follow our blog everyday to together learn about the stuff. From there
          we already get our traffic.

          I hope this is a good idea.


          Regards,


          Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Vector
    Failing to archive your goals often is a symptom of a skill deficit not character weakness such as a lack on the so called "will power". In other words, not achieving your goals might mean you need to develop your ability to stay (work) on a particular task. Once you know this then you need to implement a behavior change procedure to increase this skill. In other words you need to acquire a technology not be better as a person.This is very different than saying to yourself (or worse to others) that giving up on your goal means you were not committed enough.

    Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author sesantek
    Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

    Dear Warriors,

    Goal setting has been proven to be working.
    I would like to know whether you write down your goals?
    And maybe you have some tips to share with us today?

    I do that and it is the major reason i h ave been able to motivate myself to act on my ideas.

    The Bible says "write the vision so that the one who reads it can run after it"


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  • Without goals, we do not know where we're heading.
    In fact, achieving success is about goal setting.
    To make it simple, if you want to be successful, there are only 2 steps you
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  • Profile picture of the author David McKee
    Yes.

    With a mind may, Central, ultimate desired achievement goes in the center box, milestones are the next level that connect to the central achievement - goals then attach to the milestones, and finally tasks are attached to the goals.

    Then tasks must be prioritized, we all have those "daily tasks" like getting the groceries, we must be able to put these daily tasks, mixed with our goal-oriented tasks, and make a list of our six or seven top things to do - and do them in priority order. We should capture our ideas, but not let them become distractions to performing our tasks in priority order.

    Our mind map allows us to see the big picture AND the details simultaneously - which allows us to do two things: 1.) Keep motivated, and 2.) See if we are going off track, and get ourselves back on track.

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  • Shawn,

    For business goals I use the one page business plan process... and the spreadsheets in the back of the book's CD.

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  • Profile picture of the author sesantek
    Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

    Dear Warriors,

    Goal setting has been proven to be working.
    I would like to know whether you write down your goals?
    And maybe you have some tips to share with us today?

    Writing down goals is great. It keeps you focuused. I do it all the time

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  • Profile picture of the author Amira
    I do write to-do lists and goals. they certainly help me to check up on how I'm doing. But when i studied the way to write affective goal where you're suppose to write down specifics like: date you'll be done and exactly how much you'll get done, I got lost and often disappointed
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  • Profile picture of the author softtouch
    I always write down my goals for short term and long term.

    I write a Battle Plan each day the leads me towards my goals.

    I also have a picture board full of cool pictures of what I want to have
    in my life. This works really well!

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  • Profile picture of the author Spike SpiegelIM
    Definitely writing my goals, whether it's a short or long term one. Absolutely helps me retain my focus. I read it all before I go to bed..
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  • Profile picture of the author Habitat
    I write down my goals. Love doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4today
    These are my goals:

    Believe - Conceive - Achieve - Receive

    The number 1 item that will lead to your success is to believe in your abilities to succeed. The ability to take the next step, and never giving up, no matter what!! This is probably the hardest step to take.

    I learned those 4 little words from Michael Cheney - and I will forever be grateful to him. He convinced me that if I just believed in myself - I could be successful.


    I now have those 4 little words hanging everywhere in my house, and they give me the motivation to keep going - no matter what. Right next to those words I have listed my children's college loan amounts to be paid down.

    Now that is real motivation!!!!

    Thank You for your time!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Johnston
    Goal setting is one thing, being unrealistic is quite another. However if you are unafraid to go for it and be man enough to suffer any and all consequences then it's the only way to go.
    Before I began IM my credit card was maxed out, along came another IM course, then another and another... but I wasn't giving up becaus I knew guys who were successful. So I'm glad I did and a year later I'm in the money working from home full time and yes, believe it or not I now own a Porsche.
    Point here is, every morning I get out of bed early, go through a rigid regime of excercise, affirmations and short term goal settings whilst keeping an eye on the end goal. I plan every day and week in advance and carry out the tasks. At first it was a pain but once you get used to it you won't ever go back to your old lazy ways. I do a similar thing at night before bed, without the breakfast of course..
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  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    One technique I learned, which is probably more about taking action than goal setting, is to decide what you want to do (eg. exercise, play music, etc.), and aim to do at least 1 minute of it every day!

    Of course when you do it, you always end up spending more than 1 minute. But the idea is to make your mind believe that it is easy and doesn't require much effort, so you take action. And taking action is the key to succeeding in anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
      Originally Posted by Li Weng View Post

      One technique I learned, which is probably more about taking action than goal setting, is to decide what you want to do (eg. exercise, play music, etc.), and aim to do at least 1 minute of it every day!

      Of course when you do it, you always end up spending more than 1 minute. But the idea is to make your mind believe that it is easy and doesn't require much effort, so you take action. And taking action is the key to succeeding in anything.
      I also did that way. I scheduled what I need to do everyday. If I am too busy, I will still do it even only for 1 minute. As long as I am doing it. That's what important.
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  • Profile picture of the author mogili
    Yea, first I write down my ultimate goal followed by long term goals, medium term goals and short term goals and in that order. This helps me to keep focused and helps me achieve my goals in a slow and steady manner. Otherwise, you tend to lose focus and go astray.

    Recently, I've used a system which I found it quite novel. It's a nice departure from the routine stuff dished out on the internet. It's practical oriented and helps you reach your goals in a step by step approach. The stress on action plans and Single Most Impactful Next Action (SMINA) are impressive.

    You may try it for an altogether new experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
    I am thinking if we write what we had done in order for us to read and evaluate it in the future, there will be time that it become too much for us to read because it keep on increasing. Do I miss any important point about this method?
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    • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
      Brian Tracy says you should physicaly write down your goals every day, and this magnetizes your mind with what you want to achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author luane
    I recently purchased a wonderful resource that actually outlines a daily plan, like a mind-map that has been successful in keeping me on track better than anything I have ever used. I just copy it for each niche campaign.
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    • Profile picture of the author DENNYBOY
      Great information here.

      I do write my goals but never check those back. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author oboi2121
    Hello Omari Taylor here,

    Yes, I do write down my goals and I also have a dream board. A dream board is a board or poster that you put pictures of everything you want on it. What car you want, what home you want. Everything! An look at it every day and act as if you already have those things and soon you will. I recommend everyone to write down their goals and have a dream board. You will definitely have more drive and determination when what you want is on paper and right in front of you.

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    • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
      Omari,

      I agree with you 100%. Writing down our goals is fantastic, I have done it... but the dream board sort of gives you additional energy. Having said that, I'd like to add that when you really have a necessity, a true need, you'll find the energy to drive you no matter what.

      Something that has really helped me is think about all the negative stuff that can come my way if I don't act quickly... when I do this, I guess my adrenaline gets flowing faster than ever because nothing can stop me.

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  • Profile picture of the author bellynoodle
    I haven't been writing down my goals but I'm thinking that I should start. Maybe having them posted nearby while I'm working would be a good motivational tool. I tend to get sidetracked at times with everything in life and if I had my goals in my line of view it would be harder to procrastinate on my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaby10
    It is essential. I always set a main goal and a plan, the plan itself will morph because of the environment. We change the environment's original state as soon as we give the first step, but the goal will always remain the same. And no matter what, I always get what I want.-

    HTH,
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizmind
    When we write down our goals, we are actually communicating with our powerful subconscious mind which can help us achieve anything we want. By keeping on reading it everyday, we are building strong relationship with our inner power. It just a matter of time when the power starts to unlock.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidcampbell
    Hi,
    How are you doing?
    Simpleology.com it's a good program which help you to accomplish your daily goals. Without trying to do any advertisement, I think you should check out simpleology.com of Mark Joyner and read his free ebook in his membership.
    Before knowing that, I wrote down all the goals and I put it in my wallets. I also used a countdown program which allowed me to focus in my goal.
    The method of each person is different, you should use the one who suits you.
    Have a good day.
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  • Profile picture of the author prouser02
    instead of just writing goal, I keep it in my mind, which makes it more challenging and fun.

    you should always know what your doing in life and go about doing it in a simple way that suites your own need, your own self.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    In my wallet = Yes

    Son's college fees = Posted by the bedside, in bathroom above the sink and in the kitchen beside the fridge

    In a small reporter's style notebook

    Apart from that...not really!
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  • Profile picture of the author Abigail Beal
    I write down monthly goals -- and keep them posted where I can see them during the day. I also have weekly goals. I create action steps for each day to bring me closer to the goals. I have long term goals -- and like someone else said "ultimate" goals. lol

    I totally agree that there is something magic and amazing about setting goals. It sort of points you in the direction of the goals. Brian Tracy's work is great, have several of his audios!
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  • The purpose of writing down a goal is to demonstrate that the matter is clarified FIRST IN YOUR MIND.

    A goal should be so utterly crystal clear in Mind that writing it down is not a reminder, but a sketch that may be used to communicate an objective to one's helpful associates who are assisting with the actualization of the thing itself.

    One should need to write one's goals only once. Needing to do it more than that indicates that writing is not so much needed as MORE THINKING IS REQUIRED so that the objective is clarified by one's Will, ensuring that there is NO DISTRACTION IN ONE'S MIND that necessitates a constant reminder.

    If the constant reminder is necessary, then so is the need to remove the offending mental distractions and scattered psychological habits.

    For the beginner, or the one who is still training his or her Mental Focus, writing may serve as a rehearsal technique toward strengthening one's Thought, but once the skill is acquired, it is set and writing is no longer necessary except for communicating the idea to others, or if the objectives requires a creative adjustment, which is then etched into Mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author sequincer
    Actually,no im quite an indisciplined guy.so i really dont write any thing down,
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Tiano
      Writing down your goals is vital to success. When it is in your head it is only a wish. It doesn't become a goal until you put it on paper. I have also found that it is better if I hand write them rather than type them. And if you really want it to achieve your goal, you should have that hand written piece of paper with you at all times.
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      • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
        Also, Brian Tracy recommends to rewrite your goals every single day. It magnetizes your mind with what you want to achieve.
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  • Here's an experiment that you may all benefit from.

    Take a single goal that you've been writing down each day, and rather than writing it again, use the note of it that you wrote the DAY BEFORE and set it in front of you during some quiet time when you can do this exclusively.

    Then, look at the goal and form a picture of it in your mind. When that is done, put aside the written goal.

    For a minimum of 30 minutes, picture the goal in your thought, and allow its details to expand in your awareness of the imagery.

    Do not allow your attention to shift to some other unrelated thought, nor permit your mind to wander. Hold your entire attention onto the idea of your goal. All related thoughts of support, possible paths to accomplishment, action steps and their value, pleasurable prospects of what the achievement may be like, etc., allow them each a brief existence, but as fast as you can, tie them back to the original idea. Keep the majority of your time onto the orginal idea, noting any emotions that may be attached - but especially, soundly reject any doubts, worries, or other negativities.

    Displace those by coming right back to the crystal clear illustration of your idea in thought.

    When the session is complete, THEN write your goal anew.

    Do this twice a day for several days in a row to determine whether the experience changes how you see the goal once you put it to paper.
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    • Here's a question to ask yourself in a quiet hour where you can think clearly.

      Which scenario would have more impact on your mind:

      Scenario A - Take a minute to write down a goal you want to achieve.

      Scenario B - Take 30 minutes to think in deep, vivid detail about the goal; after which, write down the goal you want to achieve.

      Pose the question to yourself and do not allow a reactionary assumption to relieve you of the necessary mental effort to come to an honest conclusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Writing your goals and keeping them in front of you keeps you motivated to work for them!

    So yeah, I do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author myanyx
    I tried to but always forget to after some time
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    • Originally Posted by myanyx View Post

      I tried to but always forget to after some time

      Myanyx--

      To ensure you get the success you both desire and deserve, you might consider the following.

      The worst part of the scenario you've offered is not that you do not write down your goals, but that they are not a living part of your moment to moment, daily awareness and will. They are not burning so brightly in your mind that you can see every detail - they are not REAL to you. And if they have no 3-dimensional, fully textural, fully emotional life in your mind, then that vagueness constitutes a lack of Focus, something you can turn around with applied mental effort, if you so wish to.

      Writing is merely an extention - an expression - of what you have in Mind, so if you can dictate your objectives and the necessary steps to them clearly in detail, then you can be confident that you 'conceive', and all that's left is to achieve.

      Achievement requires that you hold your objectives relentlessly at the forefront of your mental activity, so that such thoughts birth following thoughts and consistent action, pleasurable experiences, and even more motivating desire, until the momentum of your life moves squarely in the direction of your objective.
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      • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
        Originally Posted by DynamicMentalFitness View Post

        Myanyx--

        To ensure you get the success you both desire and deserve, you might consider the following.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lemaire
    Write goals down: This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lavender
    What I found over the years is that whenever I put my goals down to paper, it helps me channel all my energies towards achieving them within the deadlines I set for myself. It helps me make sure that I accomplish certain steps that would help me eventually meet my goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author linda.robe
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    I always write down goals and used to read them every morning. It helps to achieve the goal soon..
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  • Profile picture of the author Canei Group
    Great question! It's been shown that writing down your goals is extremely important. They should be measurable and have a date attached to them. The challenge is that we often forget about the longer term goals and lose focus on them.

    We I have found to be helpful is to focus on goals that are 1 year or less and really focus on the near term goals. Weekly and monthly goals seem to be easier to really focus on and accomplish, at least for me.

    Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author mark10
    well i listened to an interview on Brian harris website the other day carnt remember the guys name he was interviewing but i agreed with him goal setting or writing goals down sets you up for failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author rs2pl
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    Hello, this is great article. I have blog and I thanks to say you thanks. Regards!
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  • Profile picture of the author merigot123
    I very much like the idea of writing goals down. In my case I get excited in the beginning when I get started. However that excitement last only for few days and here comes distraction, finally I end up losing focus.
    Does anyone has a cure so to speak, some simple steps to take in order to stick with the goal setting program.

    Any help?

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Malave
    I write down my goals daily. As well as why I want them. Then I do my to do list for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author recoup
    Goal setting works, procrastination doesn't. Writing down worthwhile goals and "acting " on them is what will carry you over the hump.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Ireland
    By writing down what I want to achieve each day, allows me to achieve it. For example

    Write one ezine article, one blog post, one hub page, one squidoo lens.

    By writing it down I always make sure I do it. If it wasn't written down I probably wouldn't do half what I'm doing now. It the same with my diet and exercise, I have written down a diet and exercise plan, and by doing it I am now finding it easier to keep with the program.
    Writing down plans works for me
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  • Profile picture of the author susansmith
    I always right down goals. And it works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricky Martin
    Yes...Yes ......Yes... The secret to getting almost anything done.

    When you write them down ( I use my Franklin Binder) they take on a life of there own so to speak, and they usually get done.

    Thanks for sharing. Ricky
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    • Profile picture of the author asaari
      Goals which are not written down are just wishes. - Anonymous

      This may seem obvious, but it's a very important step. When you're setting your goals, be very specific on what you want. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to get what you want. Using all 5 of your senses to describe it is the best. Ask yourself these kinds of questions:

      1.What does it look like? Things like color, number of doors, windows, ect..
      2.What does it smell like? If it's a car, maybe it has that new car smell.
      3.What does it taste like? Is there a distinctive taste?
      4.What does it feel like? Smooth, rough, hot, cold all could describe it.
      5.What are the sounds you hear when your goal is complete? Loud, quiet, peaceful.

      The next step would be to write down, being as descriptive as possible, using all of your senses what your goal is like when it is complete.

      You want to make it like you already have it. There's 2 words you should always try to use in your description: I am or I have.

      I am wealthy.
      I am smart.
      I have a brand new red BMW.
      I have a wonderful wife.
      I am healthy.
      I have a business thant is generating $xxxx per day

      Avoid using negative words like: I need, I want, I hope, I wish.
      It may seem counterintuitive, but you'll just attract more need, wanting, hoping and wishing.
      Thats the way the Law of Attraction works. I don't know why, it just does. It always gives you what you're focused on, no matter what.

      You'll want to visualize what you wrote down, until you experience it as real in your minds eye. In order to direct your thought and emotion to reach your goals, you must visualize in a focused manner.

      Visualizing your desires generates feeling and emotion in you, which powers manifestation. This simple practice, when carried out regularly, can begin attracting all of your goals into your life. Visualizing is easy, powerful, and doesn't take much time. All you need is a few minutes and a quiet place to relax. Remember to write it out first. This gives it a power all of its own.
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  • Profile picture of the author dudemeister
    I have a list of goals. Every morning I will rewrite that list and spend 5 mins visualising myself having achieved them. Then I'll work backwards in my mind. What did I do to achieve them -how did that feel? What did I do just before that and before that until I get to the present moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author arbitrage101
    If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

    WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS - short and long term
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  • Profile picture of the author axeray
    This is a great thread.

    I write my goals down as it keep me focused and on track to where I need to be going.
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  • Profile picture of the author Metro123
    I write my goals down in what is called a SMART format and have been doing so this way for about 6 years. Each year I've gotten better and can quickly see what I'm accomplishing. I have them written and the 1st page of my organizer so I see them every morning and night. Then I take my goals and put them into an action plan. I do this so I can incorporate them into my daily life. I know that the goals I'm passionate about, are the ones I complete. Over time my goals are lesser in number (no more than 15 for a year), vary in time, difficulty, etc. But I enjoy the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author motivebrendan
    yes i always write down my goals.. but my big tricks:

    1. I visualize everything. I see myself reaching my goals daily.
    2. I follow a "NOT TO DO LIST" I put it on my refrigerator and read it daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author panamajack
    Goals should be Secondary . I list Six Tasks and order them in priority . Start at the Top and work my way down the list . I do one Task at a time until completed. Then move on to the next. I do not start another Six Task List until all Six Tasks are completed . This it keeps me focused and I am not chaseing my Tail when trying to work several Tasks at the same time.

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    • Profile picture of the author Mark McClure
      I've found that "goals + accountability = action" is a powerful way of making progress - even with just baby steps.

      Some people can do the accountability part all by themselves - others benefit more from being part of a mastermind group or working with a coach. Experiment and see what works for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mooreindustries
    I don't really out goals, but I do write in my journal regularly and I do have a binder that houses my business plan and the stepping points I need to take to have a successful website and to finish my book and market it online. I guess you could call them goals, but the way I see it is that they are my plans - they are going to happen sooner or later, and I'm doing what I can to make that sooner and not later.

    To me, goals seem more detached, like they are lofty and need to be reached. My "goals" aren't lofty, they are just the things I am working towards right now and achieving right now by doing my part each day.
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    • Profile picture of the author coachjc
      You MUST write down your goals if you want success!

      A Harvard business study from the 60's revealed something incredible around having written goals. (It may have been Yale...I always forget the exact year & exact college...but this study has been repeated across several schools & business organizations to the exact same results.)

      This study asked the entire graduating class about who had written goals...and only 3% of them did.

      Fast forward 20 years later they poll the entire class again and find something INCREDIBLE...
      That same 3% who wrote down their goals...they were worth 97% of the entire net worth of the graduating class.

      So if you want to be in the top 3% of all internet marketers...
      WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!
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      • Profile picture of the author Patrick Warren
        Originally Posted by coachjc View Post

        You MUST write down your goals if you want success!

        A Harvard business study from the 60's revealed something incredible around having written goals. (It may have been Yale...I always forget the exact year & exact college...but this study has been repeated across several schools & business organizations to the exact same results.)

        This study asked the entire graduating class about who had written goals...and only 3% of them did.

        Fast forward 20 years later they poll the entire class again and find something INCREDIBLE...
        That same 3% who wrote down their goals...they were worth 97% of the entire net worth of the graduating class.

        So if you want to be in the top 3% of all internet marketers...
        WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!

        I read something similar to that. I write down my goals too. I think it was Frank Kern who wrote down his ideal day one day and then a year later he found the paper he wrote it on when he was unpacking his stuff after he moved. He realized all the stuff he wrote down as his perfect day was actually happening. Pretty sweet.
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  • Profile picture of the author valentyne
    One of the most successful ways of achieving what you want in life is to write it down and make it visable on a daily basis. Most do not realize that without celebrating the daily successes they have they do not always recognize that they are achieving those goals step by step day by day.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyowell
    Yes, I always write them down. Putting them on paper somehow brings your intention into the physical world.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
    I've always written my own goals, now, meeting them each and every time has become a hassle! Haha!

    I'm always working though, I want to meet several goals I have before the end of February.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lover Perfumuri
    It is always advisable to write down the goals. Writing on some paper and placing it on a place where you see off and on and remind your self what your goals really are is really a very healthy way to keep your self on track...

    Unfotunately I only give advice on it. I most of the time keep my self away from writing. Instead I try to remind in mind. And most of the times after some days I forget what are my latest goals and I lost my concentrations on the jobs.
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  • Profile picture of the author amnetservices
    At the beginning of each week I write down my goals for the week. They can be things like chores, correspondences, exercising, etc. Or they can be more abstract, like coming to peace about something that is bothering me, or finding the next direction for the ebook that I'm writing. It really depends on the week, and I don't hold myself to strict standards to follow them all, but I do look at them often, so I'm aware if I'm not following or avoiding any of them, for whatever reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author shawnyates
    I write down weekly goals for my projects I am working on, but long term goals I just verbalize constantly and they seem to be materializing. It also feels like more of an accomplishment if you can cross off something from a list or remove a post-it
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    • Profile picture of the author mooreindustries
      Originally Posted by shawnyates View Post

      I write down weekly goals for my projects I am working on, but long term goals I just verbalize constantly and they seem to be materializing. It also feels like more of an accomplishment if you can cross off something from a list or remove a post-it
      Interesting how you save the "big" goals for saying out loud, maybe you are more auditory than visual?

      I think whatever media you choose, writing, speech, something involving tactile manipulation...as long as you anchor your goal in the physical (beyond just thought) then it will be that much more powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author AyeSuccess
    Anybody without a goal cannot function 100%. Its not surprising that there are lots of people out there who never think of writing down their goals or setting ones for their lives.

    When you have goals to target, you show to the universe and to yourself how well organized you are. And the great results to doing this is that everything you so desire will start coming to you in orderly manner.
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  • Profile picture of the author newbie@CPA
    I write down my goals and I also perform a monthly SWOT analysis.
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  • Profile picture of the author alshir827
    Writing goals is good as it will keep you stay focus. I seldom do it down and always go astray.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeddyP
    I always write down my goals, I have an online blog that also follows me in y goals so that is added accountability.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwisdom
    I prefer "outcomes" with goals as milestones or markers along the way.

    This isn't pedantic!

    Listen - the only reason we ever want a goal achieved, (e.g. become a millionaire, increase customer base to X,000 etc) is because we think it will give us a better feeling than we have now. It's all emotion based!

    Goals can, if you're not careful, set you up to fail. If you don't achieve them you don't feel too great, right?

    Whereas, with an outcome, you ask yourself how would it FEEL to have xyz? That opens your creativity up to a zillion ways to get to that feeling ... and indeed, you start feeling it straight away because you've started to focus on it!

    Then you start to attract the "coincidences" and opportunities that lead to the "goals" anyway - and sometimes you get different results, (i.e. not the goals you thought you wanted), but better feelings and situations!

    It's hard to explain in a short post, but hopefully you get that this way is more fluid and flexible!

    Ultimately, each to their own, of course!

    All good things
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2020
    Hi Mark,

    I always write down my goals in some format.

    Sometimes it's a formal goal, with a date, and a plan.

    Sometimes it's just on a to do sheet for the day or week.

    Writing it down seems to be a tiny step that makes it real, and opens the door to huge results for me.

    For example...

    Last night, I wrote down to become more active on the Warrior Forum.

    I didn't make it any more formal than that, but it did make being here much more important to me.

    Thanks for the great question Mark.

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  • Profile picture of the author vneely
    I recently picked up an empty journal and started using it for setting goals and writing to-do lists. I also use it to reflect on my goals, feelings, and life in general. I'm getting more things done as a result.

    I WAS going to use a binder and print out goals, progress reports, worksheets. You know, be professional about the whole thing. I managed to get as far as picking out the binder and printing out the goals, but then I procrastinated and never kept up with it. Too fussy.

    I also tried keeping a similar journal on the computer. Unfortunately it was too easily lost amongst all the other files and activities I do on the computer.

    A daily journal I physically write in has been much more effective for me. I can easily keep it beside me on my desk. I can pick it up and take it with me anywhere. I don't fret about whether it looks nice and orderly. I just write stuff down and tick things off as I get them done. However, I do number the pages and write down the dates. This makes it easier to thumb through the pages and review my progress.
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  • Profile picture of the author sesantek
    Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

    Dear Warriors,

    Goal setting has been proven to be working.
    I would like to know whether you write down your goals?
    And maybe you have some tips to share with us today?

    I have dayly goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals and future yearly goals.

    The good thing is that i have always allowed this practice to motivate me. I f i have accomplished my daily goals, i wll be ready to go over ny weekly goals and so on.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author MaggieDavid
    I have my Major goals on a vision board, which I look at 4 times a day and visualise myself as having these goals. I put feeling into the visualisation.
    With my vision board I find pictures of what I want and pin them on, as I find pictures work better for me than words.

    Also I write down each night my goals for the following day and tick them off as I do them.

    I honestly believe all this works. Our brain is like a computer and will operate on what we feed it.

    I also do not focus on the news or read trashy newspapers. I try to keep my mind clear of negative stuff, give thanks everyday for what I have and focus on where I want to be in life.

    I also read motivational and inspirational books.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author emofree
    sometimes I'm doing this to write my goals and sometimes set a schedule to see if you can meet the goals that you have set.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    There are two schools of opinion about adding
    a date by which time the goal will be achieved.

    If you add the date, it tends to be more
    about project management, and real goal
    setting and achieving is not this.

    What happens if you add a date and you
    don't achieve the goal?

    No problem!

    We select a new date - we're not experts in
    'thought seeds' yet so we pick a new date.
    (Farmers plant physical seeds so they know
    when the seed will be ready to harvest)

    By not putting a date on a goal, we know the
    universe will 'deliver' it as soon as we're ready
    to receive it, so we don't need to put that pressure
    on ourselves.

    Last point...

    Have as many or as few goals as you like. But don't
    wait to achieve one goal before you write another.

    Why?

    You can be successful without achieving the goal!

    How?

    Because as you proceed towards your goal, your level
    of awareness increases and so you know more than
    you did. This may cause you to change your goal and
    if you do, it's not failure - you've benefited by the
    experience which is leading you towards what you
    truly desire.

    I hope this adds to the discussion...
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  • Profile picture of the author doralin
    Ohh, I get a lot wonderful information here. I just started realizing the impostance of writing my goal and now I begin to practice it. Somehow it able to make me focus on the things that I wnat to achieve and work toward it. thank you so much
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    • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
      Writing down your goals is very important but there are many people who write goals down and do not achieve them. The reason why they do not achieve these goals is because they did not take the time to look at the cost involved in achieving the goals.

      Many people want to lose weight, start a business etc but they start and stop quickly because they become discouraged. If in order to lose weight, you will have to give up pizza completely and you are addicted to pizza and you have no intention of giving up pizza then you should not try to lose weight because you will fail because you are not willing to do what it takes.

      The point I am trying to make is while goal setting is a good thing and even writing it down is a better thing, first count the cost of the thing you are trying to achieve and after counting the cost, then decide whether this is something you are going to pursue or not... Even Jesus talked about this when he said "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it--

      "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

      So have goals but remember to count the cost!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Foresight2020
    Writing down your goals helps your focus on their achievement, both consciously and sub-consciously. Definitely write them down! You will begin to see new avenues for their achievement, where you didn't see them before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maryleena
    I like to visualze my goals, but keep forgetting to write them down...I get sidetracked! I know I should write them down and when I do everything gets clear in my head...So my new goal is to stat writing down my goals!
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    Goals must be written, if they are not,
    they're merely wishes and in the scheme
    of things, quite useless.

    Goal achievement will not happen just
    because your goals are written down.
    Achieving your goals is about taking action.

    Goals without action would be like sitting
    at the foot of your stairs and hoping some
    major force will get you to the top. It's
    not going to happen. But if you've set
    the target of getting to the top (and not
    just of your stairs!) it's ACTION that will
    get you there.

    I've had numerous clients that 'thought' they
    had set goals until they met me. Once I
    showed them exactly how to achieve what
    they wanted they were successful, and in
    some instances they achieved more than
    they could ever have dreamed of...

    Anyone can do it...
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  • Profile picture of the author anu_smart
    writing down will give me a sort of pressure!!

    I m a kinda person who want to work in a cool, free-bird manner!!

    so i don write down my goals, i ll keep chanting them though!
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  • Profile picture of the author countkenshin
    nice thread by these if motivates us to strive harder step closer to our goals

    cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author yukinara
    just did that, I wrote down my goal for this month in a big paper and stick it on the wall in front of me
    now, time to make more money
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  • Profile picture of the author minitg
    I definitely write down my goals, because by doing so it becomes real and I also read it over and over to reinforce it in my mind which helps me work persistently to meeting them. I have an ultimate goal in life and have this written down and posted at certain visible points in my house and I get to read them as I go by them. All reinforcements.

    I also use to-do-lists and prioritize them, even further sequencing them for the day, such that I get them done in the appropriate time and get the best of my time. Things come up from time to time and sometimes when we do not write them down we lose some good ideas that jumped at us under certain circumstances. I make sure I capture those items and add them to my to-do-list so long as they help me work towards my ultimate goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sushie93
    I love writing my goal of the year at each birthday, i write it on a letter and hide it somewhere and everytime, i accomplish something, i put a note besides the goal like "Congratulations Sushie!" xDD
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  • Profile picture of the author medallion
    Hi to you all,

    I definitely believe in, and DO write all my goals down, as well as make daily notes, and tasks to fulfil. This keeps me more motivated, and determined tio accomplish all I have set out to do.

    In addition, I have also found that when I write things down, in my diary, for a future date, they are morel likly to come true.

    In one instance, I wrote about "preparing to consider a move to a new state" and three days after I arrived in my new home in a new state in Australia, I found the entry stating "prepare to consider..."

    This was very powerful. I had not even written the full thing down, and it already happened. Now, I know that I need to be, and am more specific. Be very specific with your goals, and really live them in your mind. They will more likely come true, as you write them, and think of them in a detailed way. Thsi stuff really does work!
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    I don't write my goals down but im going to start!
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