Just a little reminder of why I do this…
Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,
‘Fool,’ said my Muse to me, ‘look in thy heart, and write.’
Sir Philip Sidney was on to something that many people today don’t realize: everything you want to say is already inside of you.
Even though he was talking about expressing his love, the same holds true for people’s hopes, dreams, and goals. Recognizing goals alone will not change peoples’ lives, but writing them down, making them into real, concrete things – that can change lives.
Asking people to write their goals and aspirations transforms the goals from ideas to tangible things, waiting to be grabbed. Writing down fears and apprehensions turns them into paper monsters, easily defeated with each accomplishment.
Hopes and dreams – as well as fears and insecurities – don’t disappear with age. Looking in your heart and writing can be life changing for anyone, regardless of age. Maybe you already have a career but you have goals to move up further or change paths. Maybe you have a career and are facing barriers you feel you cannot overcome.
And maybe you have children, and your goal is to show them how to accomplish their goals.
No matter their situations, or age, people always have goals. That’s because accomplishing goals is addicting. There is no better feeling than being able to say “I did it,” no matter what “it” is.
That is why writing down goals – whether they are career related, academic, or personal – can change people’s lives. Once on paper, these goals seem like a contract. They are like individual promises that people make, guiding their decisions whether they realize it or not.
Would people be more likely to make the decision to skip their classes and not turn in assignments if they had a written challenge to “get a 3.5 GPA or better” sitting on their desks? Although some might ignore their writings, most people would decide that they owe it to themselves to make decisions that bring them closer to their goals.
The same goes with insecurities people face when working towards their goals. Thoughts are so abstract and emotions can seem to have no root, only leading to further anxieties. Forcing people to put them on words solidifies them, changing them from feelings to problems with solutions.
Sometimes people don’t even know what they are feeling… until they write it down. Whether it is in a journal, a blog, or on a post-it note stuck to your desk, these feelings are now confined to a finite set of letters. That’s not so scary, is it?
Keep a diary. Make lists. Cover your walls and ceilings with notes. Do whatever you have to do to get it all out of your head and onto paper (or a screen). It is never to late to change your life with the power of words.
Plus, it is not as difficult as you think. As Sir Philip Sidney points out, it’s already inside of you. Just look in your heart and write.