Three Reasons to Write Your Goals Everyday

Three Reasons to Write Your Goals Everyday

Writing down your goals and aspirations on a daily basis is a great strategy in order to help you achieve them.  I was reading the book “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” by Denise Duffield-Thomas and she suggests writing down your financial goals, dreams and aspirations every day.  So I started doing it (well most days, no one is perfect) and I realized that while my intention was to pay off a certain debt, my behavior was not following my intention.  I was using money I had in one area of my life that was not aligned with my goals.  By writing these goals down every day, I realized how I was not aligned in life.  Once I was able to align my intentions and behavior, things started following much better in my life.

Keep a journal for your goals and aspirations.  Keep separate lists in this journal, like one goal list for your personal life, one goal list for your business, one goal list for your finances, etc.   Once you have been keeping your list for a couple of days, look for themes and see how you might need change your behaviors in order to achieve your goals.

1. It keeps you focused

By having this list you reflect on each day, it will keep you focused on the goal at hand. I wrote down for five months that I wanted a new luxury car so when I went shopping for a new car, I was able to keep my focus on the luxury car. In the past, my practicality would have gotten in the way and I would have drove home in a nice but non-luxurious vehicle.

2. It helps align your intention with behavior

We all do it, we want one thing and end up doing something completely different.   We want to save up money but we find ourselves buying the latest gadgets. Another infamous one is wanting to lose weight and then eating an extra slice of pie. But if we are reminded everyday of what we want, we will be more likely to stick to our goals. Out of sight, out of mind. In sight, in mind. I made that one up but it works. The more you see something, the more it becomes ingrained in your psyche, the harder you will work at achieving it.

3. It holds you accountable

Having a list that you can refer back to and check things off can help you keep accountability. If you write down goals everyday for a month and then don’t come close to achieving them, you will have to either reevaluate your behavior or reevaluate your goals, especially if they are short-term goals (which you should have short and long term goals on your lists).

What areas of your life do you want to keep track of?  What is your biggest goal right now and what steps are you taking to achieve it?  How can working with a therapist help you achieve your goals?


 

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Amanda Landry, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-378-5381 or email her at amanda@amandapattersonlmhc.com.

2 thoughts on “Three Reasons to Write Your Goals Everyday”

  1. Thank you for this blog. I think it’s a great idea! I do this about once or twice a year but I never thought about doing it that often. Something to consider for next year since it makes a lot of sense! Happy holidays!

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