7/15/2007

Five reasons why you should write your intentions

So you have some really exciting goals and ideas you want to make a reality. You say you truly want to make it happen. You are full of excitement juices that have you smiling from ear to ear as you ponder on how wonderful life will be once you succeed. You have the ideas clearly in your mind. But somehow, life happens and you realize that you have not progressed as quickly as you thought you would have. What could you have done differently to help you reach your goal? Write them down. Here are the reasons why.

Writing them down makes them more powerful
Saying that you want to do something in your mind is not powerful enough to make you do it. Creating intentions in our minds is a fairly simple act that most of us do several times a day (consciously or unconsciously) but something powerful happens when we are motivated enough to put our goals on paper. By writing them down, you are saying to your subconscious, "I truly want this to happen."


By writing down your intentions, you can clarify your thoughts

Sometimes we use our mind like a piece of scratch paper to jot down random scattered thoughts. This is not how you want to treat your intentions. Lets face it, your mind is full of other everyday details. You have to make your goals a priority by writing them down to separate them from all of the other stuff you have going on up there.

You have something in the physical world to remind you
Without putting your goals on paper, you run the risk of forgetting exactly what you wanted your life to be. If may not happen right away but, trust me, time will pass, life will go on, and you will find yourself wondering why you were not able to keep your focus on your intentions. By writing them down, your goals are a part of your physical world. In essence, they become a part of reality before they become a reality.

There is record of past achievements you can use as motivation
As you create a record of your intentions, you have verifiable proof of your past achievements. When you reach a goal, you look back at your writing and remember how it felt to write down your goals and how it feels now to have achieved them. This will create a powerful motivation technique for you to repeat the process again and again by writing down lists of new goals.

Writing down your goals makes you accountable

There is nothing that screams "get to work" more than reading your goals, you taped to your medicine cabinet, every morning when you wake up. The physical evidence of your promise to yourself is staring square in your face demanding you to take action. If you don't take any action, you have to face them again tomorrow morning. If you do take action you can look at your words with confidence that you will work just as hard on achieving them today and you did yesterday.

1 comment:

Lance Lanier said...

Thank you for inspiring me to write down my intentions. This short article makes the point that many self-help books take volumes to cover.