In the business world, where contracts, laws and legislation rule there is a saying, if it’s not in writing, it does not exist.


Today, in every profession we are told to set goals and to put them in writing. We are trained and pushed in session after session, write down your goals and make them realistic and measurable. So, obviously there is something to putting things in writing, hundreds of years of success can’t be wrong.


I personally had always been resistant to the idea of writing goals, so I avoided it as much as possible. When I did give in to at least making an effort, it wasn’t with the positive attitude required. Why was I resisting? Being honest, it was fear of failure plain and simple. The thought of having to live up to this standard I’d set for myself bothered me. What if I failed?


In college I took a Psychology class, one of the first things I learned was self-justification. This is how human beings respond when we know we should do something, but don’t want to take the action. The way I justified my behavior was with this speech; I make enough money doing things my way, so why change. Although these words were never verbalized, shared or discussed, they spoke loud enough to support my resistance to writing goals. My subconscious mind received instructions from my conscious mind, no goal writing, it won’t work anyway. Instructions containing the what and the why remained in control until a stronger what and why displaced them.


The lesson here is this: the things we fear, can and will control our decision-making ability and our quality of life. For me it was writing goals, for someone else it may be public speaking, or making financial decisions. In such cases new instructions based on the truth must be issued and embraced for a change to take place.

More next time as we continue on writing goals - until then...

Be All You Can Imagine

James Barnes