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5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing

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5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing
Around the first of every year, you'll hear a lot of talk about New Year's resolutions. Network television, radio shows, podcasts, and blogs all run features on the topic. Then around the start of summer, the subject comes up again as people realize the year is half gone.

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Clarity

Writing down your goals will force you to clarify what you want. It will drive you to pick your destination.

Imagine setting out on a trip with no particular destination in mind. How do you pack? What roads do you take? How do you know when you have arrived? 

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Motivation to take action

Writing down your goals will motivate you to take action.

Because articulating your intention is important, but it is not enough. You must execute your goals. 

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Filtering your opportunities

Writing down your goals will provide a filter for other opportunities.

The more successful you become, the more you will be deluged with opportunities. But these opportunities can quickly become distractions that pull you off course.

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Overcoming resistance

Writing down your goals will help you overcome resistance.

Every meaningful intention, dream, or goal encounters resistance. From the moment you set a goal, you will begin to feel it. But if you focus on the resistance, it will only get stronger. 

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Celebrating progress

Writing down your goals will enable you to see and celebrate your progress.

Not seeing progress is discouraging. Written goals enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide an opportunity for celebration when you attain them.

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It happens when we take ownership of something and it becomes “ours,” thereby integrating it into our sense of identity.

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The Fresh Start Effect

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Unrealistic and Sudden Goals

We decide to suddenly start to follow our new daily routine, incorrectly assuming that suddenly we have changed, and are now a completely different and new person.

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SMART Goals are Not Smart

Most of the books dealing with goal-setting talk about S.M.A.R.T. goal framework - goals that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound.

While this is a good start, being time-bound in our new self-commitments has its drawbacks.

Writing Daily

To build a habit of daily writing, try to get three pages of writing done every day. It can be about anything and it’s important that you write all without editing or censoring.

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Set Accountability Metrics

Come up with trackable goals like a number of words or pages per day. The specificity is important because being able to measure it allows you to keep track of your progress and better change your behavior. 

Make It a Regular Practice

Keeping track of streaks is a very powerful tactic for developing any new habit. Knowing that you have consistently succeeded for a number of days helps you push through the days who are unmotivated.

Other ways to foster regularity: writing in a different style or genre, and doing your writing first thing in the morning.