Hip-Hop Health: The Power of Writing Down Your Goals
What are your goals and are they written down on paper?
Brian Kim states that you should write your goals down. If they're not written down, they're just dreams.
Are your thoughts just a dream? Write down your goals. There are three ways to write effective goals: Set realistic goals, prioritize your goals and cross them off when you complete them.
Set Realistic Goals
"The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break." - Rick Hansen
As Rick Hansen stated make sure that your goals are realistic and attainable. If you make a goal that is impossible to reach then you are setting yourself up for failure. I have made a lot of goals this year. Some of my goals include:
- Losing 40 pounds by June
- Being more productive
- Moving to Florida
- Establishing a niche
- Write more (poetry, verses, blog posts)
- Develop a viral presence
"You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures." - Charles C. Noble
Prioritizing your goals will make it easier to accomplish them. Charles C. Noble suggests that we should have a combination of long term goals and short terms goals.
Short terms goals should be the main priority because they are easier to attain. Long term goals require more time and effort to complete.
Some examples of short terms goals include: getting an oil change, running a mile a day, saving $10 dollars a day and more.
Some examples of long term goals include: participating in a half marathon, saving to put down a down payment for a house or car, losing a certain amount of weight by the summer and more.
Cross Them Off When You Complete Them
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." - Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn touched on something that is often overlooked when progressing towards a goal. In order to complete a goal you have to be disciplined.
When people are fasting they rely on discipline to progress towards their goals. When you complete a short term or long term goal celebrate. Cross it off your list.
Continue to progress towards your goals until they are finished. I believe that one should continue to strive for new goals and understand that goals can change over time.
Sid Savara wrote an article that summed up an awesome Harvard Study. Sid stated that the study concluded that 3% of Harvard MBA graduates had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them.
Even more staggering – the three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together (Savara, 2012).
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How many goals have you written down this year?
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