If you don’t write it down, a goal is just a dream…

Earlier this month, Synergy member Lori Unver set a goal for herself to lose 10 pounds by May 15th. She already had all the tools she needed to be successful. Lori was consistent with her small group training workouts and together we tweaked her nutrition plan to support her efforts. But perhaps the most important thing she did to ensure her success did not involve changing her diet or even breaking a sweat. She took her goal and the tactics she would need to achieve it and she wrote them down.
There is research to support that the mere act of putting your goals in writing increases the chances that you’ll actually achieve them dramatically. In fact, a study from the Dominican University in California revealed that you are 42% more likely to hit your goals if you write them down. Dr. Gail Matthews who ran the study says, “The likelihood that you’ll transform your desires into reality goes up even further if you share your written goals with a friend who believes in your ability to succeed.”

What accounts for the difference? When you have a goal that you envision it fires up the neurons on the right side of your brain — your imaginative mind. But when you take action and write down that goal, it ignites the logical left side of your brain that sets things in motion on a subconscious level to make it happen. Before you write them down, goals are just thoughts that may or may not ever come to fruition. By writing them down you make them tangible and are much more likely to to do what you need to in order to make them a reality.

Lori wrote down her goal of dropping 10 pounds by May 15th and put it in places she would see every day. She posted it on the board at Synergy and on her fridge at home. She shared it with her friends and her family who helped to keep her accountable. She had a plan for how to achieve her goal by staying committed to her workouts and sticking to the new nutrition plan we devised. One week into it, Lori had already started seeing progress. Feeling encouraged, she moved her deadline up by one month to April 15th. Can you guess how far Lori has come to date? She has already lost 7 pounds and will likely blow by her initial goal in no time.

Want to try it yourself? Follow these simple steps:
  1. Define your goal. Make it very specific and measurable. Instead of just “get into shape” be precise. Do you want to lose 20 pounds, complete your first 5k? The more specific a goal you set the better.
  2. Set a deadline. This critical step marks a beginning and an end and gives your goal structure.
  3. Come up with a plan of how to get there. Plot the steps and action you need to take to achieve your goal.
  4. Share your goal with others. This establishes accountability and a support system that can help you if you veer off track.
  5. Measure your progress along the way. Seeing results will help you stay motivated.
  6. Celebrate your success. It also helps to know how you’ll celebrate as you work towards your goal to give you something specific to look forward to.
Do you have a goal you want to share? We’d love to have you post it on our board at Synergy and cheer you on as you work towards making it happen.
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