New Discovery from a Self Help Junkie
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am addicted to self help. It's true! I have entire bookshelves in my garage and homestudy that are bursting at the seams with “Improve Your Life” tomes. A lot of these books regurgitate similar information: Set goals, recite affirmations, believe in yourself, yada, yada, yada. And I never tire of hearing about it! A suggestion that rears its head a lot is that of setting goals. We are always implored to write those goals down. So, I have long lists and short lists, New Year’s resolutions and Summer "To Do's" all of them going back years and years. But recently I heard a suggestion on Brendon Burchard’s podcast (yep, I listen to those ad nauseam as well) that actually charged and changed my life.
He went further in saying write down your goals to “write down your goals every DAY.” Woah. This was kind of an epiphany. Goals aren’t just figured out once and left to gather dust!. And since I enjoy goal setting just as a process it was exciting to me to revisit it daily!
What I discovered was this. Writing my goals every day encourages me to schedule them and keeps them front and center in my mind. I am reminded of my big goals like be super fit, play flute on a professional level and write a children’s book. Along with others I want to get done also like have a clean sparkling house. I will never conveniently forget to schedule these in. What I do faithfully now is keep a calendar. Mine is actually a four person group planner, so after every hour listed there are four separate spaces available in which to write something. This gives me space to list my goals for the day, mark them off when completed, and a place to write specifics about what aspects I will achieve. For example, mundane as it is, I might write down CLEAN HOUSE after lunch. Next to it I might indicate Vacuum and Baths. Ihave space after writing down my meal times to scribble down what I ate too, thus keeping a food journal in addition to keeping my calendar. Yeah!
I encourage you to write down your goals every day too and see if you aren’t better at scheduling them in and in making better progress toward the ones you have claimed are important!
As repetitive as advice is in the self-help world, sometimes you stumble across a little gem that resonates with you and makes the reading and listening worthwhile afterall. Yes, I am Elizabeth, and I am addicted to self-help!
To your success!!
Elizabeth Pickens is a guest blogger on www.EmpowerTheDream.com, a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader residing in Scottsdale, AZ with her patent attorney husband, Kevin. She likes to read novels that provoke discussion as well as books about time travel, mermaids, and fairies. Writing about the latter subjects is also a passion. Elizabeth is always on the lookout for ideas to motivate both herself and her private flute students and loves to play flute in two local community orchestras. www.fluteteacher.net One of her prouder moments was choreographing a production of the Red Shoes as a teen. She hopes to return to the world of ballet and dance en pointe.