Got Goals? Write On!

One of the benefits I have found from working with a coach is forming good habits.  And one of the most helpful habits I encourage my clients to develop involves the use of a pen and paper.  And here are the instructions:


Try it and watch what happens.  I could end here.  No charge.

But rather than end, I’ll add a few bullet points to make it more valuable.

  • Write about your goals in the present tense, as if you’ve already accomplished them.(You may be thinking “wouldn’t that be past tense?” Perhaps, but it doesn’t matter; just as long as it’s not future tense)
  • If you have no idea how you could possibly achieve or acquire that thing you want, pretend you do and write about it, in the present tense.
  • If you want to move forward, yet you’re feeling stuck…write about how you became unstuck.
  • If there are things in your life that are not going  the way you want, write about the way you’d prefer they were going, in the present tense.
  • If there are people in your life that are driving you crazy, write about them making you happy, right now.
  • If you don’t have enough money, write about having plenty of money today.
  • If you have physical pain, write about how healthy you feel.
  • If you are not happy with your weight or physical appearance, write about looking and feeling healthy and fit today.
  • If you are disorganized, write about being organized.
  • If your house is a mess, write about your house being neat and clean.
  • If your business is slow, write about all your new clients and connections.
  • If you feel lonely and alone, write about all your new friends and loving relationships.
  • If you’re feeling tired, write about the incredible energy and stamina you are experiencing.
  • In other words, MAKE STUFF UP!

Make it big and beautiful and exciting and even ridiculous.  No one is going to see it except you, and your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie, so have fun with this.  :-)

In another post, I’ll talk about how and why this type of writing makes a big difference when it comes to achieving goals.  But for today, how about giving it a try?  Do you already do this?  How often do you write?  What benefits do you find?

Addendum: My personal preference, for myself and my clients is pen to paper, but if you prefer typing, go for it!  And if you’re looking for something different, you can even journal on line and receive some great feedback.


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8 Responses to Got Goals? Write On!

  1. This is such a great reminder that once you actually start the writing half the battle is over. I love the ideas you gave to to help get the ball rolling!

    • Linda Ryan

      Christie, you are so right; probably more than 1/2 the battle is STARTING. Glad you like the ideas and thanks for the comment.

  2. Yes! Paper and pencil creates beleaf, which can be leaved back to in the future. So fragile – the life of a leaf. All getting grounded right now with warm colours. Must be luff.

    • Linda Ryan

      Interesting play on words Katrina, thanks! Although I must admit, I don’t know what luff is. I speak a little British, but that’s a new one to me.

  3. mary silva

    Thanks, MOM! you know that I know that this works!! But thanks for the reminder!…. I can never be reminded enough!
    It was very difficult to write in the present tense when I was a newbee….. but then it did get easier! Especially when you see results:)
    Thanks again….

    • Linda Ryan

      My pleasure, Mary. The results you’ve experienced are one of the best examples of why journaling is such a great tool. Stick with it!

  4. Hi Linda,
    I couldn’t agree more with the importance of this blog towards completing upon our goals and desires. Becoming the person that we want to be, RIGHT NOW, and seeing in our mind’s eye our already achieved goal, RIGHT NOW, takes practice…..but what doesn’t! I find that writing out my personal purpose and long term life vision on a daily basis helps me to ‘burn’ these values and ideals into the precious ‘garden of the mind’. Thank you for this beautiful blog. More people should really just give it a go.

    p.s. Katrina…I am curious for the meaning of ‘luff’ also. :-)

    • Linda Ryan

      Robert, you and I were fortunate to be mentored by the same Master teacher, Bob Proctor. And this is something that he never wavers about: state (and think about) your goal in the PRESENT TENSE. After many years, I understand why. Thanks Robert!

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