Plan Your Journey Leading to Goal
“Goal without a plan is nothing but a dream”-Herm Edwards
Goals are the road map for success. Without the goal, life is like a football game without goalposts. Goals are the fuel and starting point for the destination. Goals develop the real person in you. Goal creates the burning desire to build self-efficacy. Written goals are deeper encoded. When goals are written and repeated several times they are fed in the subconscious mind so that the law of attraction happens and the achievement process becomes faster.
The eminent Scientist Thomas Alva Edition always declared his goals in advice. He used to call media and planned a gathering and openly announce that he was going to do a particular invention. When you declare a particular goal you can not escape from working on a particular path. People always remind you when your objectives are known to them. You are smart when your goals are SMART. If it is elaborated we can put them in the following way,
S=specific, M=Measurable, A=attainable, R=Realistic, and T=Time bound
Doctor Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, recently studied the art and science of goal setting.
She gathered two hundred and sixty-seven people together — men and women from all over the world, and from all walks of life, including entrepreneurs, educators, healthcare professionals, artists, lawyers, and bankers.
She divided the participants into groups, according to who wrote down their goals and dreams, and who didn’t…
And she discovered that those who wrote down their goals and dreams on a regular basis achieved those desires at a significantly higher level than those who did not.
In fact, she found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.
The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting
One of the studies of Mark Murphy, called “The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting,” found that both men and women need to do a much better job of writing down their goals (although men did perform a bit better than women on this issue). Study participants were asked to rate the question “My goal is so vividly described in written form (including pictures, photos, drawings, etc.) that could literally show it to other people and they would know exactly what they were trying to achieve.” Sadly, fewer than 20% of people said that their goals were ‘Always’ written down this vividly.
Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success, and people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who don’t. That’s a pretty big difference in goal achievement just from writing your goals on a piece of paper.
So why does writing your goals help? It’s an important thing to know; after all, it might seem like a lot of extra work to write something down when you can just as easily store it in your brain.
Writing things down happens on two levels: external storage and encoding. External storage is easy to explain: you’re storing the information contained in your goal in a location (e.g. a piece of paper) that is very easy to access and review at any time. You could post that paper in your office, on your refrigerator, etc. It doesn’t take a neuroscientist to know you will remember something much better if you’re staring at a visual cue (aka reminder) every single day.
But there’s another deeper phenomenon happening: encoding. Encoding is the biological process by which the things we perceive travel to our brain’s hippocampus where they’re analyzed. From there, decisions are made about what gets stored in our long-term memory and, in turn, what gets discarded. Writing improves that encoding process. In other words, when you write it down it has a much greater chance of being remembered.
The journey is more important than the destination. It is rightly said by Arthur Ashe, “ Success is a journey, not a destination, the doing is often more important than the outcome.”
World’s Greatest Goal Achiever
John Goddard, one of the world’s most famous anthropologists, explorers, and adventurers is remembered as the world’s greatest goal achiever and survivor of numerous edge-of-death experiences through his 89 years of life. He documented his adventures on film and showed them to thousands of youth and adults across the globe, inspiring them to set and achieve goals. His motto was: To dare is to do – to fear is to fail.
He had written 127 goals at an early age and achieved almost 95% of them. Some of his goals included swimming across the Nile river, climb Everest, visit the Taj Mahal, compose music, milk a poisonous snake, live through 21 century, visiting the moon, etc. The LA Times called him, “The real life Indiana Jones” and one of his expeditions, “the most amazing adventure of this generation.”
For me GOALS means:
Go, Out, And, Learn, Success.
Recently I again read ‘Goals’, the best selling book of Brain Tracy and fetched his following 12 points to my mind.
1. Have a desire
3. Write it down
4. Analyze your starting point
5. Determine why you want to excel in this area
6. Set a deadline
7. Identify the obstacles
8. Determine the additional knowledge and skill you need
9. Determine the people you’ll need
10. Make a plan
12. Never give up
I strongly suggest applying these steps in your life: be it your financial or career goals, or your family and relationship goals.
1. Journey rather than destination increases your chances of success.
2. The smallest change in your life is the part of your biggest success.
3. We have power and privilege over other animals with respect to goals.