Every personal leadership book I have ever read tells me to write my goals daily. But let’s get real. How many of us actually write our goals daily? I never wrote down my goals daily in the past. I also never achieved much either. One day, I began writing my goals. It seemed like some magical power I had over myself. I suddenly started accomplishing the minor goals I set for myself. It was like magic!
Years ago, I was writing my goals down on a legal pad. I got up, left my legal pad unattended as I went to the restroom. When I got back a few minutes later, a co-worker was reading my goals out loud to other co-workers and ridiculing me and my goals. It was like a scene from a fourth-grade classroom, but with adults…or at least people of adult age.
I learned that day that ridicule hurts.
I also learned years later that ridicule doesn’t hurt as near as bad as “almost reaching my goals.” I’m also much more protective of my goals than I used to be.
I was also working within organizations that I thought and felt needed entrepreneurs, but really needed lackeys. Since then, I am the most important employee of every organization I work in…because I own those organizations. I am dedicated to the success of my businesses and goal-setting is the driving force behind these future successes.
If you aren’t interested in improving your life, then disregard this post and go on and live your mediocre life. If you are interested in improving your life, then continue reading.
What happens if I don’t write my goals down daily? Nothing. Nothing changes. You don’t advance in your career, your business doesn’t grow, and the bills keep piling up with dwindling resources to pay them with. Your yesterday looks like your tomorrow. You are on someone else’s hamster wheel because you don’t take control of your life. Your life becomes average and you stay average.
What happens if I write down my goals daily? My behaviors start to change. I do different things in different orders. I pay more attention to actions I am taking with regard to these goals. I am directing my life towards my goals. Things start improving.
The question then becomes “What are you willing to do to change your life?” If you don’t take half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening to write down your goals, your life will not improve. Your life will become like the movie “Groundhog Day” in which the main character lives the same day over and over.
Here is one of my favorite tools for writing my goals and planning my activities around those goals. This is the 10x Planner from Grant Cardone.com. I buy and use Grant Cardone’s products and services to help improve my businesses and my life, and I think you should too. If you are looking for a light and compact day planner to help you achieve your goals, I strongly recommend that you buy and use this planner to improve your business and your life.
How many times do I write my goals down? I write my goals down ten times in the morning and ten times at night before going to bed in a legal pad. Then I use the 10x Planner to write down my goals again and plan the activities that make those goals a reality. Get the 10x Planner today, write your goals down, and start changing your life! The 10x Planner is also available in a four pack.