What's the first thing you do when you get in the car to drive someplace new? If you're like most people, you put the address into Google Maps so you can get the exact steps to take to get to your destination. Wouldn't it be nice if we had Google Maps to reach our goals, too? Imagine if all we had to do was type in the goal we have in mind we’d be given the exact steps to get there… Although achieving our goals isn't quite as straightforward as following directions from Google Maps, there’s a simple way to maximize your chances of success – write down your goals! Did you know that only 3% of American adults have written goals? Simply write down your goals and you're already much more likely to achieve them! In fact, research shows you are 3 TIMES more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down!
Did you write down your goals to start this year? Think of writing down your goals as plugging in the address into your Google Maps. If you don't have a final destination in mind or a clear goal in place, your GPS is useless! Writing down your goals is just as powerful as plugging in that address in GPS. Even if you don't have clear step-by-step directions to reach your goal (yet), your subconscious mind will go to work for you, looking for ways to bring you a little closer to your target. So, in the spirit of the new year, I encourage you to get crystal clear on where you want to be at the end of 2023. One simple approach I use to develop my yearly goals is to think of categories where I might want to set a goal. The "Goal Categories" that I like to use are Health, Work, Spiritual, Financial, Family/Friends, Fun. Breaking down goals into categories really helped me, and you might want to try it, too! Here are a few ideas to help you get started. A health goal might be to run a 10k, drop 15 pounds, or complete a fitness challenge. A work goal could be to increase your company's sales by 10%, attend that conference you've always wanted to go to, or start a new YouTube channel. Spiritual goals could be that you want to write in a gratitude journal every day or read your Bible twice a week. A financial goal could be to pay off your student loan debt, buy your first rental property or increase your passive income by $1,000/month. Family and friend goals could be to implement a weekly date night with your spouse, volunteer as your son's Boy Scout leader or plan a weekend ski trip with your best friend. One category that I especially enjoy are my “Fun Goals.” These are the fun things you want to plan into your year! These can be trips, experiences with the kids, movies you want to see, or new hobbies you want to try. Maybe this list sparked a few ideas for you and helped you realize that setting goals can actually be EXCITING - like planning a trip, thinking of new ways to grow your business, or making plans to take up a new hobby. Just know that whatever your goal(s) for 2023, you're much more likely to achieve it by writing it down. So think about it, write down your goals, and make it your best year yet! To your health, prosperity, and adventure!