Personal Development Goals are Just a Pen Away

As moms, we’re so busy we don’t have goals – we have tasks – get the laundry done, get the kids to school on time.  We spend a lot of time on the little things, rarely do we think about the big things that would have a huge impact on us or our families.  Well it’s time to revisit goals – nope, not the things your daughter scores on the field, but your goals for you and your life.  You don’t have to start feeling uncomfortable here.  A goal could be something very personal – like losing weight or it could be family oriented – like paying off your mortgage early. It could be an outsize challenge – like climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro or it could be more simple – taking more joy in life.

The act of of writing down your goals – and what happens as you try to achieve them will help bring them to life – and commit you to them.  Sure, you can sit there and mentally make goals, but there is an old saying, “The faintest ink lasts longer than the strongest memory.”  The act of writing your goals down – sometimes repeatedly –  truly affirms them and gets them in your head.


Writing Down Your Goals Makes The Happen

Use these tips to get your personal development journal goals going.

  1. Write consistently – You may not think you’re an everyday writer, but formulating some sort of routine about your writing will make it more likely to happen.  When you write regularly, you will find that you have greater consistency in achieving your goals.
  1. Write passionately and freely. This isn’t a school assignment.  Let the ideas flow from brain to page.  Don’t dwell on anything too long.  Don’t say that’s not possible, or I can’t do that.  Let your goals and your thoughts just leap out of your head and onto your paper.  Here’s another tip: Set a time limit and write without pausing. Use a kitchen timer and just write – even if it feels like nonsense – until the buzzer rings.
  2. Determine Your Goals and Reflect – Write down your top personal development goals when you begin your journaling experience.   Reflect on them often to track your progression.
  3. Be Honest – this journal is yours and yours alone so you can be honest.  Share your secrets, desires and dreams, even the ones you have shared with no one else. Getting them off your chest will unburden you.  Use your journal as a sounding board for even your craziest ideas.
  4. Don’t Spare Yourself – Self-reflection is an important aspect of personal development and your journal can help in the reflection process.  Ask yourself questions about where you are in life and where you want to be so you can brainstorm the necessary steps to get there.
  5. Review Yourself – Go back over your personal development goals in your journal on a regular basis.  You will be pleasantly surprised by how much progress you have made or how some of the bigger problems, seem on reflection, like no big deal at all.

Simply putting your thoughts down on paper will help you achieve your dreams and personal development goals faster than you ever thought possible.  Keep your journal handy and use it whenever you need to gain focus, re-center yourself or need to pay attention to what really matters in life.

I used to be very focused on writing down my goals, reviewing my progress and journaling them.  And I used to achieve them.  But then life got busy and my habits fell to wayside – and so did my progress towards them – including the simple ones like money smarts and exercise.  But no more.  This year I’ve renewed my commitment to journaling my goals.  So far the the progress has been pretty good. I’ll share more tips on how I have managed to supercharge my progress in coming posts.