Why You Need to Write Down Your Goals and Dreams
Henry David Thoreau said it best: "If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they’ve imagined, they’ll meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” It was true in the mid-1800s and remains true today. Getting serious about your dreams is as simple as writing down your goals — that act alone can really help to bring your dreams alive.
There’s a lot of science that helps to back up Thoreau’s big philosophical idea. SMART goals are proven to help realize your potential, and it’s a well-documented system that gets tangible results. The process has been around since the 1950s. SMART helps to identify a pathway toward your dreams with Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (or SMART) objectives.
Be sure to include a due date onto those notes you’re taping up around your home. You’ll find the reminders mean more when you’re holding yourself accountable to getting that hard work done. Soon, you’ll see the fruits of your labor start to emerge.
And when they do, be sure to celebrate these incremental victories. If you’re up for it, share your progress on social media. Friends and acquaintances can be a real motivator to help you keep your dreams on track.
Make a space on a wall or your fridge for these accomplishments as they graduate from goals to reality. You’ll find momentum and new capacity with this tactic, and it can help to accelerate your progress and focus your determination. Best of all, you’ll find that you really can make things happen.
Document How You Made it Happen
It’s always good to follow up and record your thoughts on the entire goal-setting process afterwards. Dig into the way you worked: your milestones, your setbacks, your new ideas and the way your process may have shifted overall, as you moved towards your goals.
Documenting your experiences along the way will allow you to keep track of your progress and enable you to better understand what worked and what didn’t for you. And most importantly, you’ll understand why things worked.
So, allow your ideas to begin flowing and take that first step in your dream pursuit — all it takes is a pen, some paper and a little dose of passion. Here’s to Dreaming Fearlessly!