Writing goals, like actually writing down on a piece of paper what it is that you intend to do with your life, is perhaps the most powerful thing one could ever do for themselves.
You externalize your desires. You share your intentions with the universe, removed from your own thought patterns.
In writing goals, you inherently make these goals something real, something beyond just the imagination.
In a sense, you’re assimilating a team, a congregation of energy to prepare itself for battle at your side. The war, your life.
Life, perhaps the biggest four letter word any human being may ever encounter, and one that can certainly cast quite the significant aura of intimidation.
We get it, setting goals for the rest of your life can be scary. There’re so many variables at play, and how can you even be sure you’re actually setting the right ones?
“… And now you’re asking me to also write them down?”
How Do I Write Goals?
“How do I write my goals?” you might find yourself stuck thinking. “Even if I am ready to be writing goals down on paper, and solidifying my plan of action, how?”
This, is a very good question my friends.
And before things appear to get too overwhelming here, let’s just take a deep breath, relax, remember that it’s your life and that you are free to live it in whatever fashion you please.
Actually, writing goals can be a rather simple process, and one that we can, in fact, break down into three incredibly straightforward concepts.
1. Imagine Past Imagination
Here at the beginning, before we do anything else, go ahead and sit down with yourself and really dive all the way “down the rabbit hole,” so to speak.
Just imagine what’s possible in your life, even allowing yourself to go beyond the furthest extents of this exact imagination.
That is, try not to be limited by your imagination. But instead, continue past it, as you seek on an even deeper level, what it is that inspires you.
What is the source of your imagination, itself?
Ask yourself, “What do I want in life?” and as you do, really focus on the fact that truly and honestly, anything is possible.
Begin to brainstorm some various end goals, and jot them down on a piece of paper.
As a matter of fact, give yourself a solid 20 minutes here of doing just this.
Write down all the possible scenarios that encompass the biggest and best, future you.
And if you’re having some trouble here getting started, try one or two of these thought experiments:
- What kind of daily rituals could you introduce or improve?
- What are you most passionate about when it comes to learning?
- What types of qualities do your heroes embody?
Once you have this list, really, just follow your heart.
2. Analyze The Play By Play
You’ll be able to feel it in your gut, your heart, and your soul, which of these fantasy scenarios sounds the most enticing to you.
Then, what’s next? Well, analyze the play by play.
Question the things you’ll have to face in order to reach this end goal, and develop a series of subgoals, or benchmarks, that you will need to accomplish along the way. Jot these down, as well.
Again here, just letting your thoughts flow. Let this process of writing goals be chaotic at first, it’s okay.
As this second list starts to come together, really look over both of them and ask yourself, “What’s the point?”
3. Consider The Impact
Consider the impact you intend to make in this world.
What kind of influence are you in the pursuit of making? How do you want to leave your mark?
Actually, go ahead and take a moment to ask yourself these, “the 3 most important questions,” according to Vishen Lakhiani (Mindvalley Founder and CEO).
The 3 most important questions
What are the 3 most important questions in goal setting?
- What do I want to experience out of life?
- How do I want to grow?
- What do I want to contribute to the planet?
Answer these three questions, forget the means and go straight for the end. And you’ve come up with the most powerful thing you can do in terms of setting goals for your life.
— Vishen Lakhiani
So answer these, this the final step in a rather chaotic jotting of everything down and writing goals.
From here, go back and organize all this mess into one cohesive plan of action.
Focus on the impact you wish to make and the specific things that set your soul on fire.
Establish an end goal, and write it down first. Underneath this, develop a list of secondary goals to accomplish along the way. Write down benchmarks with specific dates of intended accomplishment, and really ensure that this plan of yours is sound and ready.
Don’t rush this, you have plenty of time. Go back and edit, and question, and edit again.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
But don’t stop here, at just writing goals, either.
Please, you must take action!
In fact, Mindvalley offers a series of programs that can help with your own establishing of some incredibly solid goals in life. The Becoming Limitless program for example, where you learn to operate from inspiration and will resultantly achieve and experience things beyond your wildest imagination.
So again, jump straight into the land which exists beyond your imagination.
Allow yourself to look past all the fears and doubt, and really establish a pursuit of that which makes you truly happy. Understand the play by play enough to create a plan of action, and then, simply embody the impact you wish to make.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Have you written down a goal before? Perhaps even just so you could remember the idea later. Can you recall how empowering this felt when you did? Share your stories with us in the comments below!