“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.”
– Brian Tracy
In my adolescence I used to stay up late and watch an anime show called Death Note. For those unfamiliar with the series, it followed a guy who found a special notebook that belonged to the god of death. By writing someone’s name within the book, he was able to kill that person.
I have a similar notebook.
Granted mine was procured at Walmart and can’t kill anyone, but it’s still kind of similar. Whenever I want something I write it in my book and I usually get it. If I want to lift more weight and do more reps at the gym I commit it to paper. When I want to read a hard book I’ll jot down my goal.
Every time I write out my desires I get them. It’s not always an immediate process, but it does happen. If I don’t put my goals on paper, I’ll never do them. I’ll make excuses and compromises, or I’ll simply forget that I’d ever wanted it.
When I have a piece of paper in front of me and I can visually see what I want, I’m far less likely to make compromises. It’s far more disappointing to see physical evidence that you’ve failed than it is to rationalize away your lack of success.