Why You Should Write Down Your Goals; The Amazing Benefits

“Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”   Mark Twain

Want to take your life to the next level? It’s EASY with this one simple habit, they claimed.

Write down your goals

I mean, I was just going about my business when I heard from three different people the exceptional benefits that come when you write your personal life goals down.

Maybe it was fate. Or a sign I should probably pay attention to, I thought.


FIRST, the face of mega real estate website “The Bigger Pockets” claimed that simply writing goals daily makes you 33% more likely to accomplish them.

THEN, the uber-successful Rachel Hollis and Grant Cardone explained that writing their goals in the past was one of the KEYS to their massive life accomplishments and intentionality with their families.

And finally, I did some research. A recent study done by the Dominican University of California observed people from all walks of life and divided them into two groups. One group wrote down goals regularly, while the other did not.

What they found was that those people that wrote down their goals and dreams consistently achieved them at a significantly higher level

42% higher!

Wowza! That’s an impressive number!

The simple act of writing goals down regularly solidifies our dreams and opens us up to new possibilities!

As a result, we are intentionally pursuing what we want when we see it daily!

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I’ve tried reading daily goals in the past, and they just never seemed to work for me. So, due to all the publicity, I’ve been giving it a shot for most of the year.

Not surprisingly, I have to agree with the others. By writing them every single day, they stay in the forefront of my mind.

In the past, my day got taken over by less meaningful tasks (like paperwork, groceries, and email). Or putting out fires and children meltdowns. Or puttering around aimlessly, whoops.


Yet, since I began writing my goals down, I continuously think about what I can be doing to work on them. As I write them in the morning, I naturally visualize what they look like for me that day.

It’s so much easier to focus on what matters! 

Plus, regularly writing them has helped me clarify exactly what I want my goals and dreams to be! Repetition means that I’m able to get crystal clear. This makes it almost effortless to break them down into daily or weekly actions.

As a result, I can see if I’m moving in the right direction every day. It has easily doubled how intentional I am!


I try not to worry about where they are written down.

Most days it’s in my journal, but they also get written down in my planner or phone. Lately, I’ve been using my self-care checklist too. That way I have no excuses.

Now, try to be flexible on this. Experiment and find what works, but don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.


So, try it out! Make a commitment to write your goals and dreams everyday for a week and see what happens!

Whether it’s running a 5K or doubling your income, there’s nothing to lose. Except, perhaps mediocracy!

Finally, I enjoyed this very short video. Yet another high performing individual learned the power of writing down goals early.


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Bigger Pockets Podcast #307: The Science Behind Setting and Achieving Big Goals

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