I have always been a dreamer. But most of my dreams didn’t convert to reality until I started writing them down.
I remember the day my friend and I were having a conversation over coffee about my long due wish list. I told him that I have a big list of things to do in this lifetime which I was unable to pursue because of my demanding lifestyle and lack of time management. In the blink of an eye, my friend came up with a trick to fuel my yearnings. He told me to write down my top 25 wishes or goals on a piece of paper without thinking about their execution plan. He had a view that the written desires and goals trigger our brains in such a way that we get the power to transform our dreams into realities. I blindly followed my friend’s advice and scribbled down all my longings, desires, and goals. I took a few minutes to pen down my wish list, and in return, just-in a couple of months, I could see a few of them started turning into reality.
There is power in writing down our desires and goals. When we write things down, we are activating both parts of our brain, the imaginative right hemisphere, and the logic-based left hemisphere.
Desires and Goals help us become better versions of ourselves. But most of us never get into the habit of writing down our wishes and goals.
It works because as humans, we process visuals 60,000 times faster than having to imagine things according to a study by the 3M Company. Writing down your desires and goals means that you can visually see them. It is an essential point because when we see something, it affects how we act. We are more likely to be productive if we can see what we have to do, instead of just thinking about it.
Dreams and goals do eventually come true for those who put them down on paper, but the keyword is eventually. Yes, it doesn’t happen suddenly, but it happens, gradually, subtly, and assuredly. There’s no doubt about it – when you write down your goals, you create the provisions that allow for progress to be made. There is research to back this.
A study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, shows those who write down their goals and dreams regularly achieve their desires at a significantly higher level than those who do not. She states that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, only by writing them down regularly. I can give you numerous reasons why you should start writing down your goals. Here are a few important ones:
- It is a Motivation Booster– When we write down our dreams and goals, our motivation to achieve them goes up. One of the main reasons we experience increased levels of motivation is related to self-accountability. And self-accountability happens the moment we commit on paper our intent to reach an objective. When we put pen to paper, it’s as if we are subconsciously giving our brain a command. anytime we are not doing things our subconscious mind knows it should be doing, and we start feeling the pressure of taking action towards our wish list.
- It gives Clarity of Thought– When we are not clear about what we want, or where we want to go, we lack direction. Lack of direction brings a lack of focus. Without focus, it is easy to get distracted and spend time on activities that are not important to us. Writing down our desires and goals narrows our focus.
- It makes Dreams and Goals Concrete – The moment we place our dream or goal into writing, it becomes real. It starts interacting and becomes tangible. Before the desire or goal is on paper, it’s nothing more than a thought, a longing, a mental state. It’s a passive yearning. But, when we document them in a word file or on a piece of paper, it becomes concrete. When we write our goal down, we give it a name, a deadline, a description. In short, we give them measuring parameters to act upon.
- It allows a Celebration of Progress – While working towards a wish list, it is essential to measure and celebrate progress along the way. If we feel we are not making the progress we want, then measuring progress backward helps. Even the tiniest of improvements is progress towards our goals. When we write down our goals and review our progress daily or weekly, we will see how far we have come.
Moreover, having a desire and a goal makes you happier, and when people write down their goals and commit to going after something bigger and better then they create hope for themselves. Hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better future, a hope that the happiness they seek may be achieved.“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
Indeed, penning down desires and goals is a powerful technique to take the first step towards transforming them into realities. A simple act of jotting down your desires and goals can help facilitate your happiness. I know, it sounds surreal, but it is real!
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