Why journal your goals?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Growing up, did you ever have a personal coach (think sports) or a mentor (think writing, spiritual) who held you accountable; pushed you to work a little harder and then cheered you on?

A Life Goals Journal, while not a person, can still work to your advantage in much the same way. Your journal can be used to help you identify the things you really want to have or to be in your life and the steps you need to make to achieve them.

How would this work, you ask. Well, first of all you have to think “FUTURE” not past goals or events. So let’s start with one step at a time:

  1. Define your goal. A goal is a general statement about what you want to achieve.

  2. Figure out what you already know and/or have that relates to your goal. Make a list of skills you have and how much time you have to devote to ____.

  3. Brainstorm a list of specific objectives relating to your goal. For instance, a list of resources I need, people to meet.

  4. Put a date of completion next to each objective. Be flexible. Put the dates in your personal calendar also.

  5. Finally, use your journal and your calendar to hold yourself accountable. Hold a weekly “session” with yourself to write about how you’re doing/feeling. If you’re feeling frustrated, explore why and maybe change the objective or time frame. Don’t give up! A newer, better you is just around the bend.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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