How to Write Goals To Increase Achievement

Is there a right or wrong way to write a goal? The answer is a resounding yes. It all starts with understanding why you could become confused at a green light.

My fascination with success and achievement has led me to attend a lot of seminars and workshops over the years. In 1984, I was sitting in a packed auditorium listening to Denis Waitley and Zig Ziglar speak.

Denis did something that got my full attention, and left me to conclude there absolutely is a right and wrong way to write a goal.

Waitley put the word “POTS” up on the screen.

He asked the audience to say the word aloud. “POTS.” “Now please read the letters aloud,” “POTS.” He again asked us to read the letters aloud, “POTS.”After four or five repetitions he then asked, “What do you do at a green light?” Immediately you heard “STOP” ring out loudly and clearly.

“Your mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and that which is vividly and repeatedly imagined in your mind.”

Our subconscious mind does not have a filter. It takes the input and then reaches into the database of our brain, searches for meaningful content, and gives us the most likely answer. “POTS” obviously is the reverse of stop. Our minds were conditioned to provide a false response to a very easy question.

“Yuor mnid connat tlel the dicenrfefe bteewen waht is rael and taht whcih is vildivy and rpedelatey iminegad in the mnid”

I am sure you could read this quote even though the letters of the words were scrambled. This is another example of the power of your mind.

“Your physical actions are simply the outward manifestation of your inner thoughts. What you see in yourself is what you get out of yourself.”

— William James

Is there a right or wrong way to write a goal? 

If you want to improve your goal pursuit and achievement, write your goals is in first-person, pre-possession form.

By writing a goal as if you have already achieved it you activate your mind to begin working on the goal. The nature of the format creates cognitive dissonance which produces an urge to resolve or reconcile the gap.

Goal format: I (action verb) (goal and clear target of achievement).

Goal examples:

  • I lost 15 pounds in the 1st quarter of 2015.
  • I spent two hours a week engaged in activities with my kids
  • I completed my application for graduate school by January 30.
  • I saved $_______ in the first six months of the year.

Dr. Gail Matthews proved that by just writing a goal down people achieved 43% more of their goals. When you write your goals in first-person, pre-possession form you set your mind in motion towards them.

Five years from now, if your life is pretty much the same as it is today, will you be satisfied?

I have yet to ask someone this question and have them tell me they would be satisfied. There is a great purpose within you. Your great new year begins now! This is going to be your best year ever. Everything you have done and experienced has prepared you for this new year of choices and discovery.

Even the seemingly mundane and boring events and activities of your life have prepared you to achieve a grand purpose. No one has your unique skills and talents or your unique place in history to impact the people and causes you love.

“My business is not to remake myself, but to make the absolute best of what God has made.”  

— Robert Browning

Prime yourself for success! Write your goals in first-person, pre-possession form.

I can’t guarantee success, but I can guarantee you are employing strategies that will give you the best opportunity to achieve your goals and ultimately increase your personal success.

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