Being in an ever evolving society and the environment, we have set ourselves into a constant auto pilot mode. The result is a lack of enthusiasm, fatigue, and monotony for our day to day lives.
Our goals get derived mostly from the external circumstances looking at what others are doing as we can’t muster enough confidence to work towards our own wishes as more often than not they go in odds with the conventional paths.
Even if we try to follow our wishes, after some time our inability to see possible routes makes us step back.
It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t. – Stephen Kellogg
A simple act of writing down your goals aligns your mindset well with your core desires and prepares you mentally, emotionally and physically via a mechanism of the brain.
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Simply imagining your goals keep them in the right hemisphere of the brain. For those imaginations to become your practical reality you need to take action which can be imparted only when the left hemisphere of the brain is activated. A simple activation technique that works is writing down your goals. Read more here.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn
The reticular activating system which is a small group of cells alerts our brain to any information from our surroundings that is relevant to our goals.
During normal days when we are only nurturing our goals only in the creative side we are prone to become lazy and ultimately lose our motivation. Setting goals not only makes you proactive but also brings forth various synchronistic events in front of you.
Writing our goals is an indication to your brain about what really matters to you and that you want it to be fulfilled. This indication provided to the brain creates a ripple effect in our surroundings with all the elements, people and resources required to complete the tasks being visible at the right moment and right time effortlessly which earlier might have gone unnoticed.
For example, when you are planning to buy a new phone, any advertisements, conversations between people on the same topic, any radio news, etc relevant to it captures your immediate attention.
This sense of urgency generated by RAS on seeing any hint of resource that can add to our goals creates an inner spark that removes any signs of disbelief, lethargy or resistance.
Keeping hold of these small timely indications reported and filtered by RAS make us reach our goals in no time.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own. ~ Mark Victor Hansen
Another thing which we should keep in our mind is to not get obsessed with your goals because obsession sometimes deprives us of present moment opportunities.
For instance, you were wishing to get a job promotion but unexpectedly you are fired from your job. Facing all this and cursing your destiny you turn away a surprising business offer that could have earned you massive rewards.
Sometimes on my own goal tracking journey, I have realized that most of the opportunities would have gone unnoticed from my well-being radar if I would have remained clung to my goal list with untamed intention “this or nothing”.
Therefore, also it is a must for you to keep revisiting your goals from time to time. If your goals change during a course of time, don’t feel guilty instead take it as an indication that you are coming close to your core goals-the goals which really matter to you.