Do you know the secret to accomplishing big dreams and achieving major goals?
Believe it or not, scientific research has been performed on that very subject. Dr. Gail Matthews at Dominican University of California completed a study on why some people reach their goals and others don’t.
She discovered that something very simple could make all the difference: writing down your goals.
Dr. Matthews’ study revealed that people who wrote down their goals were 50% more likely to achieve (or make significant progress on) those ambitions than people with no written goals.
Imagine what you could accomplish if your dreams were 50% more likely to be realized.
Don’t think you have goals? Consider what you yearn to achieve in your marriage, relationships with family & friends, spirituality, health, professional ambitions, finances, home, hobbies and interests, community involvement, and more.
What do you want for yourself in life? For your children?
Organize your garage. Land new clients. Complete a marathon. Live comfortably in retirement. Learn a new language. Nurture your children’s skills.
These are all dreams you may want to reach soon or at some point in the future.
Thirty years ago, Ron Shaich co-founded a little restaurant that became the worldwide phenomenon known today as Panera. In a 2014 interview with Business Insider, Shaich stated that he devotes time every Christmas toward writing down his big goals for the next year.
Today, his business brings in billions of dollars in annual revenue, and he estimates that he gets results on 75% of his written goals.
Whether you want to build a global empire or simply long to finish that project that’s been gathering dust, you can tap into the proven power of a written goal list. If you’ve never created a goal list for yourself or you don’t know how to make it work, follow these 8 steps to success. [Read more…]