In our professional and personal lives, we are constantly working toward goals, trying to motivate ourselves and direct our behavior in a more positive direction. Perhaps your goal is to complete a certain amount of work in x-time, perhaps it is to increase profits by so much, or maybe it’s to get into great shape and lose fat. But did you know that if you don’t write down your goals they are not as effective in spurring you into meaningful action.
Goals are a big part of our lives for most of us. Only problem is, a lot of us don’t know the best way to write these goals if we want to actually achieve them and this creates problems. Writing down your goals in a meaningful way makes all the difference in your ability to achieve them.
The Problem With Most Goals
The goal of ‘losing weight’ or even ‘losing X pounds’ is one that you’ll see commonly and that is similar to the goal of ‘growing profits’ in business. Either way, this is an example of an abstract goal that has no structure and that has very little chance of coming to fruition.
The problem with goals like this is that they are a) vague and b) largely out of your control.
If your goal is to increase profits or get into shape by next year, what does this involve doing on a daily basis? It’s all too easy to not be productive towards that goal daily because you probably think you can worry about it later – or because you don’t even know how to go about achieving it.
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