5 Reasons You Should Write Down Your 2017 Goals.

Moving yearly goals forward with clear focus.

We have a problem as humans. Each year we desire to set New Year Resolutions and two weeks later, we quit. There are so many ways we can track our goals. And seeing true accomplishment is easier than you think.

When we begin taking the time to follow through our goals, we can actually achieve them. But if we don’t, the likelihood of seeing them come to fruition lessens.

For years I was bad at setting yearly goals. It doesn’t come easy for me. But if I don’t take the time to make an effort to write my goals, they won’t happen. That’s why I’m very careful and clear in working through my goals, not resolutions, for each new year.

What are your goals?

  • Make more money? How about another $10,000 in 2017?
  • Marry the person of your dreams?
  • Write that book?
  • Lose 20 lbs?
  • You will find most don’t take the time to write down their goals and vision for the coming year. Instead, they wander through life without mission.

I want to give you 5 reasons why you should write your goals each year.

1. Writing your goals keeps you moving forward.

People have issues with focus. We plan and experiment each year. But do we really take the time to write down our goals?

When you write your goals down you are creating clarity for the future. You are choosing destination and future you want. Written goals allow us to realize these mile markers and aim for them. When you do, you’ll hit them every time.

Zig Ziglar  said it best; “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.

2. Writing your goals requires action.

Goals are more than dreams. They are what keep our mind sharp. Knowing that we’ll let ourselves down if we don’t accomplish our goals should be that defining factor to keep us motivated. We must hold ourselves accountable and follow through.

Yet follow through is difficult when we don’t have a clear goal in place. When we put these goals into writing, give them an action, we have to follow through. So take the time to give action steps to each goal.

I will write down my main goal and then write down dates and actions to accomplish along the journey. This gives me clarity and focus on keeping moving forward.

3. Put all your goals in one place.

The art of writing is not dead. In fact, it’s the only way you’ll see your goals. This is why it’s so vitally important to write them down. I personally use Evernote to write down my goals.

By typing them into Evernote, or something similar, you’re telling your brain that this is important. The more strategic and specific the goal, the more likely you’ll accomplish that written goal.

Here are a few of mine I’ve accomplished for 2016:

  • Publish my devotional book on [Grace.](/grace-book)
  • Listen to podcasts daily.
  • Record my [podcast every week this year](/jbsisam-show). (I can really close. Only 4 encore episodes.)

4. Write details for each goal.

It’s one thing to write down the bullet point, it’s another to write down the gritty details. So how do you flesh out your goals?

Here are the steps I take:

  • What are my motivations for this goal?
  • What are the action steps needed to accomplish this goal? In other words, give yourself a time-table. Don’t set all your goals for December 31. spread them out over the year.
  • Be realistic and accomplish some goals before the end of the first quarter.

5. Follow your Progress.

As you progress through the year, write it down. Nothing motivates you to continue than seeing tasks for each goal accomplished.

As I mentioned before, life is difficult, but it’s those little mile markers that help show our progress. They provide an opportunity to celebrate each little victory.

It’s important to write down each victory. This action will allow you to see your goal accomplished by years end. And when you look back, you’ll see where you started and where you ended up.

Goal setting doesn’t have to be hard. Take the time and ask yourself, ‘what is it I really want to accomplish in 2017?‘ When you have your list, write them down, apply action steps and follow through. When you do that, you’ll find you’ll never have to set another New Year’s Resolution again. Why? Because you have a proven path for success. Goal-setting.

When you have your list, write them down, apply action steps and follow through. When you do that, you’ll find you’ll never have to set another New Year’s Resolution again. Why? Because you have a proven path for success. Goal-setting.

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  • Tiffany

    Great advice on why we should write down our goals. I usually write down my goals for the coming year on the week between Christmas and New Years. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thank you, Tiffany. It’s so important and this is why most resolutions fail. We say we’re going to do something, but we lose focus if we don’t follow our progress and keep ourselves motivated to move forward. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Please share this information to your friends on social media, and let’s all head into 2017 strong! 🙂