Thinking about your goals and then writing them down has been scientifically proven to be a very effective method of making them real and achieving them.
This may sound at first like motivational hype, but it has been proven in study after study.
At Qualifirst we are undertaking a program devised by Brett Henyon called Recruit Select Train Manage Motivate (RSTMM).
Part of this program includes personal and career goal-setting.
Getting closer to your goals is more within your grasp than you think:
To help make this process a success, we have asked our team members to think about, and then answer the following questions:
- What do I really want?
- How do I want my life to be some day?
- What would enhance my life or my job?
- If I continue doing the same thing, what will my life be 5 years from now?
- What’s important to me about working?
- Which of my dreams can turn into realistic goals with a stretch?
- How might I sabotage myself in the pursuit of these goals?
It is important, when answering these questions, to think about what you want in the future and then work your way back to today. This is how any plan works. There has to be a path to follow. Vague ideas or wishes by themselves will do very little.
The reason why the act of writing factors into this is primarily one of catharsis.
Many people might have ideas or goals floating around in their heads, but so long as they exist solely in memory, these ideas have no chance to develop.
When an idea is written down, the brain can actually let go of the idea, removing it from short-term memory, knowing that it is now safely stored on a permanent surface (paper or computer). This allows that same short-term memory to get started on the next step, thinking through the next idea that will achieve the goal.
Until an idea, thought or worry is physically recorded somewhere, it basically blocks the channel, stopping any further progress.
This is why it is so important to write.
I have strongly encouraged our Qualifirst team members to actually go online and fill out a future authoring program. This is an investment each person can make in themselves, and as well, it’s an investment that we are making in the company.
We are making good progress on the job descriptions that were filled out by team members over these past few weeks, and we are on schedule to finish them by the end of 2014 as promised. We have a first draft of all the job descriptions done and have shared the final descriptions with the Toronto warehouse team and some members of the Toronto office team.
By encouraging all of our team members to think and write down their personal and business aspirations, we will soon be able to compare these aspirations to the job descriptions.
Our plan is to schedule meetings with each team member to fully explore how together, we can help turn aspirations into a well-defined set of goals for the future.
I encourage all my readers to take the initiative and complete the Self-Authoring program online. This is the best online self-help system developed by university research scientists and was written up in the Oprah Magazine.