The Importance Of Jotting Down Your Life Goals

Writing Goals And Objectives.

I often get questions about setting goals.
Many people struggle with setting and achieving their goals.

This is a method I use!
Start by thinking about answers to the next couple of questions.

  • What do you want?
  • What will bring you happiness?
  • What get’s you excited?
  • What are you passionate about?

Before you have concrete goals to write down in, for instance, a journal, you need to start brainstorming.
Brainstorming is a valuable process that many prospective high achievers fail to notice or see.

To best figure out what goals will help you accomplish what you want in life, you need to get your creative juices flowing.

Jotting down all the different ideas

Start by jotting down all the different ideas you have about what you would like to do in life.
Use the first couple pages of your journal to write down everything that comes to mind.
Don’t leave anything out — even if it seems ridiculous or far-fetched.

You can always edit what you have written down later.

Next, you need to take the time to sift through your written ideas and pick out the goals you actually want.
Go back over your written brainstormed ideas and circle the ones that appeal to you the most.
After you have decided what you want to achieve, think about how you are going to go about achieving what you want to achieve.

Set goals that are motivating

If what you want to accomplish is going to require that you do many different things, come up with a series of small goals that will help you to get where you want to go.
Don’t give yourself one large, complicated goal.
Small, quickly carried out goals are much easier to work on than complex ones.

*Write all your goals in your journal.*
Put a bookmark in the section of your journal where you have written down your goals.
Every day, make sure that you take the time to read your goals in the morning and the evening.
You can also read your goals more often if you would like to.
The more often you read your personal goals, the less likely it is that you will allow yourself to forget about them.

Some goal examples are:

  • Visiting Brazil
  • Writing a novel
  • Having a baby
  • Designing and building a hang glider
  • Attending a seminar on NonViolent Communication
  • Getting a degree in psychology
  • Learning a second language
  • Living abroad for a year
  • Starting an Internet business
  • Finally losing that excessive weight
  • Cycling from Amsterdam to Rome
  • Buy my beach house
  • Earn an extra $200 monthly by December
  • Get rid of the clutter on my attic

Just for a moment remember the time when you were young.
Free of mental baggage.
Capable of doing and being anything you want.
When your dreams involved being an astronaut, super woman, movie star or Florence Nightingale?
The time when your fantasies where limitless and your possibilities seemed endless.

Before you started giving up on your dreams because of worry, fear, limiting beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies planted into your mind by often well-meaning adults?

Because of these feelings and fears, few of us take on such grandiose dreams.
Instead, we settle for the ordinary and, as a result, fall into a “reality” trap.

Take a vow to stop putting down your dreams!

What do you honestly want?
If you could do anything you wanted, how would you spend your time?
What if you could start over with a clean slate?
Where would you live?
What will give you the thrill of a lifetime?
Take a few minutes.
Who would your friends be?
Think about it.

This is the first—and a key—step toward writing goals and objectives and achieving your goals.

Let those long-awaited wants bubble to the surface.
Keep in mind that this kind of dreaming is best done when you are feeling inspired and energized. Boundless.
Because the quality of the goals you set for yourself makes all the difference between living a fulfilling life and just living an average life.

The Importance Of Jotting Down Your Life Goals

So go ahead dream and list it all.

Write down whichever of your ‘dreams’ you consider valuable enough to want to achieve.
If you find this difficult, this list of goal categories may come in handy.

  • Career Goals
  • Education & Training Goals
  • Family & Relationship Goals
  • Health & Fitness Goals
  • Home Improvement & Real Estate Goals
  • Personal Finance Goals
  • Personal Growth & Interest Goals
  • Recreation & Leisure Goals
  • Time Management & Organization Goals


This list of dreams/goals does not have to be accomplished in a year’s time.
Some might even never be achieved.
For instance, because at a later point they lose their appeal because they are just not that essential for you to aim for.
And keep in mind that the best way to reach your goals is to focus on one paramount goal at a time.

Focus, do it, gain confidence and happiness and move on to the next goal.

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Raymond has a masters degree in Economy and Clinical Psychology.
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