Yesterday I challenged you to write your goals down and figure out a plan for achieving one of them.
Did you do it?
If you did, great! If you didn’t, today you get a second chance.
Why should you be writing down your goals?
The simple reason you should be writing down your goals is because you have a better chance of achieving them if you do. And there’s scientific proof to back it up.
A few years ago, Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor at Dominican University, did a study of 267 people by dividing them into groups based on whether or not they wrote their goals down. Her study found that people were 42% more likely to achieve their goals if they wrote them down. [source]
Why does this work?
It works for a couple of reasons according to Michael Hyatt. The main one, he says, is that you will achieve clarity about your goals. [source] And let me tell you, having clarity is worth its weight in gold. It’s so much easier to focus when you’re clear on what you want your outcome to be.
Another reason Hyatt mentions for why writing your goals down works, is because it pretty much forces you to take action.
My experience with this is, when you write your goals down, they’re there in black and white (or whatever colour pen and paper you’re using at the time). It’s a lot harder to blow them off when they’re staring you in the face. And, it gets real tiresome writing and rewriting a goal month after month because you haven’t done anything about it yet!
So, what’s this got to do with building self-confidence?
In yesterday’s post I mentioned that it’s the achieving of a goal that gives you the confidence boost. And it doesn’t matter how big the goal is. You can get just as much of a boost some days from just cleaning your house as you can from actually buying the house.
Writing your goals down, and then checking them off when they’re complete gives you visual evidence that you’ve done something. You’ve finished something you committed to do. That’s where the sense of confidence – and accomplishment – comes in.
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If you use a to-do list, you can get that boost on a daily basis. As long as you’re actually checking things off and not just adding to your list. Sometimes what you put on the list will be a step toward a bigger goal. Sometimes it will be a small one-time task that just has to get done. And sometimes, when you’re feeling really unmotivated you can do what I do and add ‘take a shower’ or ‘wash the dishes’ to your goals for the day just so you have something to check off.
It’s very satisfying to check items off your goals or to-do list. Each time you check something off, you get a mini boost of confidence that will help motivate you to tackle the next task, and the next one. Mix and match goals or tasks that are very easy to accomplish, and those that take a little longer or require a little more will power on your part.
Or, if you want to be really productive and really make progress toward your goals, pick ONE thing that will get you one step closer to achieving your goals and don’t do anything else until it’s done.
Once that task is done, then choose another. Same thing goes here. Don’t do anything else until that one is done. You can make a confidence boosting game out of it, and see how many mini-goals you can achieve in a day.
Once you have figured out a system that works for you, writing your goals down and checking them off when they’re completed will become second nature. Your productivity and your confidence will soar because you know you can do whatever you commit to doing.