Why Writing Down Goals Are Important

Sometimes, I think we should invest in Sharpie markers and index cards ... seriously.

There’s no getting around it; writing things down is an important part of finding your way to your OolaLife. Not typing it into the computer, not committing it to memory, but actually, with pen and paper in hand, taking a few minutes each night practicing the lost art of writing.

There’s good reason for it. Studies show if you write something down and review it daily, you are 80 percent more likely to reach your goal! And we’re not telling you to do anything we don’t every night, before we go to bed.

Out comes the index card, and we’re writing down three things we can do the next day that will help us reach the OolaGoal we’ve set for ourselves.

And the OolaSeeker even takes it one step further, tearing up the card from the night before in celebration of completing the tasks. He puts the shredded card in a glass mason jar as a visual reminder with all the others, how those baby steps add up to major accomplishments.

Then there’s the gratitude journal, where we take a few minutes to write down the blessings we’ve received that day. Again, nothing works like writing it down, putting in ink is the key to developing that all-important attitude of gratitude.

And we haven’t even touched on the million dreams we’re collecting, the stickers you’re adding to our OolaBus as you commit to making positive changes in your life. Look for us in Dallas on Sept. 8 and 9, Minneapolis on Nov. 3 and 4 and Las Vegas on Dec. 1 and 2.

Here’s a few more things to consider as you make your own investment, in writing tools and the OolaLife:

  • With so much going on around us, it’s hard sometimes to hold on to a thought, much less the moves we need to take on balancing the seven Fs of Oola (fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends and fun). And when we do go back, c’mon, admit it, we usually remember things a little differently. A thought is fleeting. Writing it down makes it stick and reviewing it – instant replay!
  • If you’re like us, tomorrow is like an obstacle course, filled with everything from picking up some milk at the corner grocery store to remembering to walk the dog before you leave. Seeing what you’ve written the night before is a great way to focus on what’s important. (And you can always use half of the card to create a checklist of your day’s more mundane errands.)
  • Give your brain a break! Have you ever stressed out, trying to remember the name of the actor who played Doc in “Return to the Future”? (It was Christopher Lloyd.) Make it easy on the gray matter and spell it out. Not only will it reduce stress, but you can think clearer when it’s right there in front of you. And, again, you’re 80 percent more likely to, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, git-r-done!

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