Did you know that only three percent of living Americans, or adults anywhere for that matter, have written goals. Everyone else that thinks about writing them and plans to write them down someday. But they never get around to it. Most people spend more time making a list of groceries before they go shopping or planning a vacation than they do in planning their lives. Success begins with a pad of paper, a pen and a few minutes of your time. One of the most important keys to success is to “think on paper”.
All successful people “think on paper”. Here are two important points. If you cannot write it down clearly and specifically on a piece of paper, then it means you are not really clear about it yourself. Perhaps you don’t even want it. What is worse, it may be that you are afraid that you may not attain it. Nonetheless, a goal that is written down is not merely a fantasy or a wish. A goal that is clearly written and described on a piece of paper takes on a power of its own, it is now something concrete that you can touch and feel and work with.
The second principle of writing goals down is that something miraculous happens between the head and the hand. When you actually write a goal down, it is as if you are programming it into your subconscious mind and activating a whole series of mental powers that will enable you to accomplish more than you ever dreamed of. By writing it down, you intensify your desire for the goal and you increase your belief that the goal is possible. You begin to expect to achieve the goal and you start to attract people and circumstances into your life that are consistent with the attainment of the goal. Writing your goals down is one of the most amazing of all goal-setting skills and it is a key to your success.