Step 3: Writing Goals Down With Spirit!
Step 1: How to Set Goals
Step 2: Prioritize Your Goals
Step 3: Writing Goals Down
Step 4: Positive Motivation
Step 5: Negative Motivation
Step 6: Identifying and Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
Step 7: Changing Habits and Behaviors
|You’ve made it to step 3 – writing goals down! Congratulations for following through!So, how are you supposed to “formally” write your goal on paper?
If you want, you can read about smart goal setting and use this or, if you would rather have a fresh perspective, then how about you try writing goals down with S.P.I.R.I.T?
Writing Goals with SPIRIT!
S – Specific
P – Present tense or becoming present
I – “I” statements
R – Reach High: Aim for the Stars and Land in the Sky!
I – Ignites Emotion
T – Timeline and Deadline
Being Specific is one of the Key Steps for Goal Setting!
Successful steps for goal setting ensure that your goal is clearly defined. How can I explain this to make sense? Hmm…Think about a kid at Christmas time.
They have no problem creating long lists of exactly what they want. And they tell you every detail about the toys they want! So, just act like a kid!
In fact, you can even make your list public or private using some amazing free goal setting software online. If you aren’t interested in writing your goals on paper then you might find the goal setting software to be valuable.
Writing Goals in the Present or Becoming Tense
The reason for writing goals either in present tense, or “becoming” tense, is to make it feel real, and believable! So, you might say:
I have successfully built a new software program
I am working three times per week on my new software program I like this latter statement, because it feels more in sync and more real. The first statement causes me to feel a bit of a negative gap.
What both statements do however, is they paint a picture that your brain can see.
Your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real versus what is false. If it visualizes something – it will aim to work toward it.
So, by writing your goals in the present or becoming tense, you are feeding your brain great motivating visuals.
Read more about the importance of writing your goals in the present tense.
Writing Goals Using “I” Statements
Using “I” statements will create a sense of ownership and responsibility for your goals.
It is another way of talking directly to your subconscious brain, and experiencing your goal as something that is becoming a reality for you!
Have you ever planned a party? What did you have to do to make that goal happen? You needed to make detailed lists of exactly what food would be eaten, and then you could do that, you needed. Again, the steps for goal setting are no different!
Reach High: Aim for the Stars and Land in the Sky!
Let me tell you a big, big, very important secret! Your goals should always be unreasonable! It is your action plan steps that will be grounded in reality.
If you’re going to invest the time into writing goals down, then you might as well dream big!
Ignite Your Emotion!
Here’s a few questions to think about whether or not your goal truly excites you:
1. Would you come home after a full day at work, and be willing to execute your action steps 3 times per week?
2. Do you see yourself being able to commit to your goal past three months?
3. Is your goal something that you think about all the time, with burning desire to achieve it?
4. Is this goal in line with your values? What are your top values?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself. You’ll know sooner or later whether or not you are truly passionate and excited about your goal.
Writing Goals with Timelines and Deadlines
To some extent this idea is self-explanatory, however – let me get you to think about this step in a slightly different way. Have you ever had a goal to cook or prepare a new recipe? Of course you have! What did you do to achieve this goal?
Well, believe it or not, you followed a timeline of sequential steps. You have to follow a plan, which was the recipe itself. Then you had to write down the ingredients you needed to buy.
In fact, you might have came across some new ingredients that you never heard of. Instead of throwing out the recipe idea, you found a way to discover these ingredients, and where you could buy them.
As you prepared the food, you followed steps, one at a time. Steps for goal setting are no different, however you must define those steps on paper!
What will your action plan be? What things will you do to arrive at your goal?
Have you ever gone on a road trip to a new city? What did you need to do? You obviously needed to use a map, and write down all the steps or destinations along the way.
Of course, often you take a wrong turn or get lost – but that happens with all our goals! You simply learn from that mistake, and get back on
Ever heard of the saying the road of someday leads down the path to nowhere? Well, without realizing the importance of writing goals down with timelines and deadlines, you won’t be going anywhere real fast at all!
Step 1: How to Set Goals