Is This Research The Help You Need To Reach Your Goals?

Goal SettingSo far this month, we’ve talked about making sure you set “SMART” goals, and I gave you seven tips for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions (or goals). Well, today, let’s look at some research that shows a powerful way to help you reach your goals!

What Was The Last Time You…

When was the last time you wrote something using a pen, pencil, or marker? Do you write checks, or do you pay your bills online? How about holiday cards; do you get them printed and mail them out? Do you have a to-do list? Do you write it out or enter it into an app? How about your goals?

The use of a pen is becoming increasingly rare. And while it is certainly efficient to pay your bills online, it just doesn’t work with goals! If you’re doing to take the time to write out your goals, make your effort more efficient and HANDWRITE your goals onto a piece of paper!


Why does this work? Because studies have proven we are more likely to achieve our goals if we write them out. And there are real reasons for this.

According to the article Neuroscience Explains Why You Need To Write Down Your Goals If You Actually Want To Achieve Them, writing things down happens on two levels: external storage and encoding.

  • External storage when you’re storing the information contained in your goal in a location, like a piece of paper, that is very easy to access and review whenever you want.
  • Encoding is a bit harder to explain. According to the article, “Encoding is the biological process by which the things we perceive travel to our brain’s hippocampus where they’re analyzed.” From there, the decisions are made about what gets stored in our long-term memory and what gets to be forgotten. Writing improves that encoding process. In other words, when you write it down, you are more likely to remember it!

When something is remembered, it becomes a part of us. When it becomes a part of us, our actions and decisions work to help move us in that direction.

And Another Study…

In another study by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California found that we become 42% more likely to achieve our goals if we write them out daily!

How much do you want your dream? What if spending 10-minutes a day writing them out can increase your odds by 42%, would that be worth it?

In this study, she revealed that success comes from using both hemispheres of the brain for goal setting. According to the study, if we think about the goal (or dream), we are using the right side of our brain—the creative or imaginative side. But, if we also write it out, we will also use the left side—the logical side.

In Closing…

I’ll ask you again, “How much do you want your dream?” Out of our 1440 minutes every day, can you find 10-minutes to become 42% more likely to achieve your dream?

If you need help setting your goals and achieving your goals, schedule a free strategy session! In this session, we will take about 30-minutes to start building the goals to live a life you’ll truly love!

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