49 goals have already been scored in the UEFA Women’s Euros and it only started last week! The goal is nice and clear in football: Teams are there to score goals and stop their opponents doing the same. Goals are the goal. Nice and simple.
Meanwhile, outside of the football arenas, just naming our own ‘goal’ (not an ‘own goal’ in the footie sense!) can prove to be slightly trickier. It’s easy to be less than specific in our goals (which doesn’t help us in achieving them) and once we have clearly been able to state what our goal is, we then need to put the right things in place to help us successfully achieve it.
Writing a goal down gives us more hope of meeting it
People with written goals are 50% more likely to reach their goals than those who just have it in their head. Yet only about 3% of people write their goals down. Doh! If you don’t write it down, it’s competing in your head with everything else you are storing in there, and as we only have capacity in our working memory for about seven things at one time, that’s not such a good idea.
Goals which have a timescale to them, and can be measured, work the best
I’ve trained myself to write my goals down, but that’s not always enough for me. I’ve had a list of things on my phone ‘task’ list for a good few weeks and I haven’t been getting a lot ticked off. It’s been driving me ever so slightly bonkers, as it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. This week I looked at the list anew and (slapping my hand to my forehead and rolling my eyes) I realised what a rookie mistake I was making: I’d written the list down (2 points for effort) but I hadn’t put any dates to them. No urgency or deadlines needed here! After a few choice words to myself, I put dates against them all and so far this week, I have ticked four big ‘goals’ off and am ahead of schedule (and feeling ever so slightly smug). I made the dates consciously tight, but still totally deliverable, and it’s funny because I feel like I can’t ignore them now I’ve done it – I have to meet those deadlines, even though no-one else knows about them. And that’s another thing that can help…
Sharing your goal with someone close also increases your chances of success. Once you tell someone else you are going to do it, that’s it, you’re committed buster.
Writing down and telling someone else about your goals are both powerful motivators that will help you achieve them. Putting a date on it gives you clearer parameters and focuses you.
Writing down a goal also helps you to be clear on what it is
You can keep it amorphous in your brain “I’d quite like to win the Nobel prize for literature before I die”. When I write it down, funnily enough this translates into: “I am going to write a blog by the end of the week and post it on my website”. Slight difference of emphasis there! Oh, and now I’ve written it down and told you, I better get this posted. So good luck with scoring some ggggoooooaaaalllllls yourself this week. 😊
PS. For additional motivation, you can play this to celebrate your goal successes – everyone deserves a cheerleader! https://youtu.be/EUTzrMZVAAw