Getting Started with Goals

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” — J.M. Barrie

I’ve always been an big advocate of writing down your goals. The pile of journals in the picture above is just a small sampling of all of the ones I’ve owned. But over the years, I’ve learned that how you write your goals isn’t nearly as important as just doing it. Whether it’s a ‘dream board’, a post-it note, or scribbled on a sheet of looseleaf, it all narrows down to the same thing. Writing your goals forces you to clarify what you want and helps you see your progress. Lots of studies have proven that the physical act of writing, rather than just talking about it, is what makes the difference (see links below).

If you’re continually focusing on something, the chances that that thing will happen are much higher. Continuing to come back to the goals you wrote reinforces the plan in your mind. Instead of relying on just getting lucky, successful people make a plan of action and stick to it. At the end of the day, simply getting your ideas out of your mind and down on paper releases the stress of remembering it, and leaves room for creativity on how to accomplish it.

For this ‘Goals’ page, I plan on documenting the things that I want to accomplish, and giving updates now and then in order to keep myself moving forward. Don’t worry, it won’t usually be long, drawn-out posts like this. I intend to keep it short, by simply listing my goals, with perhaps a line or two describing each.

If you’d like to start your own list of goals, here are a few resources that I highly recommend:

  • The Passion Planner ‘goals’ page (free pdf download- skip to page 6)

  • Any app that does Mind Mapping, i.e. Mind Node 2

This site has tons of great different ways of writing your goals:


Gail Matthews Written Goal Study Dominican University, by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University

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