Want To Reach Your Goals? Start By Writing Them Down


Have you ever realized that you were breaking promises you made to yourself? Sometimes, I think that the world is moving way too fast for me to keep up. A rowboat caught up in a tidal wave of information. I also have a tendency to procrastinate. Sometimes, without even knowing I’m doing it. With this in mind, I stumbled upon a blog post by philanthropist Marc Sparks. He is responsible for more than 60 start-up companies. Apparently, he knows exactly what he is doing in life, and how to get there. I read the article with an open mind.

It was interesting to read that he uses simple methods to keep his thoughts in order. He maintains that the very act of putting pencil to paper makes you accountable to the most important person: yourself. I can picture it vividly. Marc Sparks, a successful entrepreneur, sitting at his desk and writing on a fresh white pad of paper. It makes for a humbling experience. In this ultra high-tech world, this man still creates a list of goals the old-fashioned way.

Pardon the pun, but something then sparked inside of me. I realized that to reach my goals I had to first understand what they were. Day after day, I was zipping back and forth from one client to another. Comfortable in my complacency. I was working toward nothing because I hadn’t committed to anything. He makes the point to habitually update the list as a constant reminder, and he is correct. Without a constant reminder, I am prone to forgetting. Letting the ideas slip casually through the fingers of my mind. In that instant, I pledged to write out, by hand, what my goals in life really were. The amazing thing is, I am surprised at what I wrote down.

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