The only goals that are accomplished are those that are remembered.
Here are a couple tips to keep your goals top-of-mind.
Write them down by hand.
It might sound old-fashioned and pointless in this digital age of ever-connected electronic devices, but the act of writing by hand engages more areas of the brain than typing them into a computer or tapping on a screen. Seeing your goal written in your own handwriting is like being reminded of a promise you made to yourself.
Dedicate a notebook, journal, or binder to your goals and write each goal at the top of a page. The rest of the page can be used for notes about tasks to be completed and documenting progress as you make it.
Read them often.
Daily. Multiple times a day! Start each day with a review of your 5-7 top priority goals. This can be done in the time it takes to brew morning coffee. And don’t worry about ‘not being fully functional’ before that first cup. It is actually advantageous as your conscious mind is still holding connections open to the more powerful subconscious mind. Take a moment or two to read them at lunch or during a mid-day break.
Add action items that come to mind as you think about them and note progress you made. Read them again in the evening before going to sleep. This plants your goals firmly into your subconscious mind where it can work to align ideas and speed your progress as you sleep.
As you read each goal, imagine how you would feel once it is complete—not just the specific moment, but how tall you will be walking for several weeks just knowing that you completed it. Let yourself bask in that energy.
This visualization will help activate more parts of your problem-solving brain and help you speed the process.
Rule of 60 x 3.
Investing just 60 seconds twice daily towards reading and visualizing your goals will go a long way to bringing them into reality.
Dedicate just 60 minutes a day to completing tasks or direct activity towards goals; one day a week find a way to do an extra 60 minutes.
Within 60 days, you’ll not only be well on your way, you’ll likely comment on how easy it was to find this time. People are amazed at how many 25-20 minute segments are available throughout their day to focus on what it truly important to us.
Celebrate the victory.
Excitement adds to the energy of goals. Be sure to include a few notes about how you will celebrate completion of each goal—a trip to your favorite ice cream parlor, a weekend getaway, new clothes, etc. It can be anything really. Connect a reward to your efforts to increase the excitement. Once each goal is complete, take a moment to write VICTORY in bold letters, across the page with a date and signature (smiley faces and exclamation marks are always welcome).
If you have any other tips, tricks, hacks, or tools to help make goals happen, please feel free to share them.