Write It Down!Mar 24, 2022
Who doesn't have a resolution or goal they make at some time of year? We all do and of course the New Year is the most popular time for setting new resolutions. It is also the time of the year when most resolutions and goals fail, about 80%, why is this and what can you do about it?
It seems that just about everyone you know has some kind of dream or goal that they want to have come true. While having lots of dreams and ambitions is a great thing it can also be distracting. Too many dreams can lead to confusion and to wasted time. Instead of focusing on a dream, you have so many that you don't know where to start and end up doing nothing.
Put it on Paper
We are instructed in the Bible to write down the vision (Goal, Dream, Resolution). To make it plain. Take some time to write down your resolutions and goals for the next 12 months. To achieve your goal you will need to focus on it. This will take patience and hard work possibly on a daily basis.
By writing down your goals you can see exactly where you are with your goal at any given time. You can see the point at which you started and where you are today. You will also be able to identify any problem areas and then take steps to overcome them.
It also helps to break down your main resolution into more manageable steps. This is especially important to do for any large goals such as saving for a new home or losing a lot of weight.
Studies have actually shown that those people who write out their goals and resolutions see a much higher success rate. Less than 5% of people actually write down their goals.
You don't have to share your written goals with anyone. It just helps to solidify them in your mind and turns a dream into something that you are actually working towards.
Each day as you make progress you will feel a sense of accomplishment. This helps to motivate you to continue and achieve more. Plus your mind sees that you are making progress and this increases your willpower. You understand that what you are doing is not a waste of time or effort.
As you write down your goals you can identify which ones you want to work on first. Decide which dream is most important and make that your number one priority. You can always start on a new goal once the first is completed. No one says you can only set goals and resolutions over the New Year.
Some dreams may be just that, a dream that you know is impossible to reach now. Instead you may want to set a goal that will help you reach that lofty dream at some point. Again buying a new home may seem like a lofty dream at the moment. But if you put steps into action to get there you may view this as a more viable goal in the next five years or so.
Writing out your resolutions allows you to always keep them in sight. Of course you will make mistakes or go off in the wrong direction. What is important is that you don't give up. When things go wrong look for the reason why and learn how to work around it. You can be assured that you will have learned from your mistakes and that you won't make the same mistake twice.
You will develop strength and character from taking action and reaching your goals. These tools will help you improve your life experiences and you can pass on what you have learned to your children.
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