Do This One Thing: To Reach Your Goals

To Reach Your Goals: Keep A Journal

2017 is here and we have been hearing a lot about people's goals and their aspirations for this new year. Unfortunately most of these goals are never accomplished (as we've sometimes experienced). This isn't because these goals are unattainable or because there is an issue with ourselves. Rather, we are taking the wrong approach. In the excitement of thinking about where we want to be, we fail to sit back and map the route of how to get there. Most importantly, we fail to figure out how we're going to measure our progress. Whether you want to make strides overcoming your social anxiety, working out, seeing a therapist, it's important to measure your progress. This is the only way to see if you are improving. The most effective way to do this is to keep a journal.

Some documented health benefits of journaling include:

  • Clarifying thoughts and feelings
  • Reducing stress
  • Understanding one's own behaviour better

Journaling For Your Health

According to a publication by the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling (specifically for your mental health) helps prioritize fears, problems, and concerns. On top of this, it's a terrific avenue for positive self talk and the ability to identify negative thoughts and behaviours. The best part about journaling is being able to look back on your progress and see how far you've come. Although it may not sound convincing, all the little things you do to reach your goal add up. If you're not where you want to be, you have the ability to adjust your plan. This greatly improves your self confidence and your belief that you can achieve your goals. What it all comes down to is being able to hold yourself accountable.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". You can journal any way you want. Whether it be via a physical notebook, Word Document or even on one of the many notebook apps. So whats one thing you can do to increase your confidence, build habits and reach your goals for 2017? Keep a journal!