Writing goals is a beginning.
It’s a start to a process.
Goals are a means to fulfilling a purpose.
Our purpose could be, for instance, to make the most of our lives in doing something that we see as worthwhile.
A very simple concept, as many a worthwhile purpose is.
The goals we set are a means to that end.
So the goals need to be compatible with our values and with our beliefs.
What we value and what we believe in contribute to our sense of purpose.
Understanding this helps us set goals that agree with our deepest convictions.
This is why we need to write our goals and then re-read them every day, to make alterations as we see fit.
They need to be modified as our thinking progresses.
As it will do.
Re-reading the goals is like mental practice. By repeatedly reminding ourselves of what our aims are, we begin to bend our minds in that direction. The goals begin to become part of our thinking.
And one of the abiding tenets of psychology is that we tend to become what we think about.
So the more specific the goals are, and the more we think about them, the more they begin to influence how we think, how we feel, and what we do.
And when they conform to our sense of purpose they become a resource in our lives, a plentiful resource and a powerfully driving force.
So, take the time, invest it in yourself and your potential. The return will repay you out of all proportion to your investment.