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Why Goal Writing is Essential?

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In the summer of 2013, I biked to Mountain View to have a short moment with myself. I brought my ASUS tablet and a couple of self-help books. If you happen to be in Cebu, I suggest you visit Mountain View Resort at Busay, they have an amazing view of the city.

While reading, enjoying the view, and feeling the fresh air, I took a piece of  paper and wrote my dreams on it. Two years after, all the dreams I wrote on that piece of  paper became a reality. Well, I discovered that goal writing  is very effective.

I learned about goal writing when I was already working. If only I had learned about it while I was still studying I could have done more. Yet, there is a saying “better late than never”. Brian Tracy, a well-known salesman whose rag to riches story inspired
me, says that only five percent of the population in the US have clear written goals and they are usually the most successful people in their fields.

So, why do we need to write our goals? Here are three reasons.

First of all, by writing your goals you tell your brain to embed them into your subconscious mind. Since your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and dreams, the more vivid your goals are the more it will look for more creative ways to achieve them.

Second, by writing your goals, you can review them daily and make some necessary steps to  accomplish them. It doesn’t have to be big at the start. As long as work for your goals daily even
how  small and insignificant you think the action is, there will be a time you find yourself being surprised by the things you accomplish.

Lastly, writing goals gives you direction. That’s why the younger you are, the more you should develop this habit. You’ll never regret for the time you wasted because you didn’t know what to do. Now is the best time to write your goals for yourself, for your family, your career and for your future.

Procrastination

Photo credit: pixabayI’m not really fond of going to malls, but one Sunday afternoon, I found myself in.

I was in SM  to withdraw money from an ATM machine. There were three machines but only two were used for withdrawing. When I arrived I saw lots of people already queuing up in one machine. “Perhaps the other machine is not available”, I thought. However, I didn’t notice any sign that it wasn’t available.

Anyway, I did what most people would do in that given situation; to follow the crowd. I was in a dilemma. Maybe I should try it if it’s really not working. As I thought about this, many people were coming in to join our line. Some didn’t bother to ask what’s wrong with the other until a guy came in suddenly, went to the machine and made a successful transaction. We were shocked! Everyone was looking at each other with puzzled look.

I should have taken the courage to try that machine earlier, but I procrastinated.

One the problems in today’s society is that people tend delay or procrastinate in the area which is most important. I wonder why people don’t commit on something. They say they would wait for the right moment; when they feel like. But, nine out of ten I tell you, that right moment would never come.Action, action, action. This is what counts. No matter how you feel at  the moment,act.

Procrastination, also known in Filipino as “mamaya na mentality”, has been affecting many of our country men. It is a disease in our culture that needs to be cured. No wonder a large number of us become poor. There are many opportunities around us, but when these come, we delay. We don’t act immediately. We are afraid.  If we continue being like this, we will never be successful.

But, the good thing is we can still  root out this bad habit. We start by making goals, what do want in life. After putting them into writing, review the list then prioritize. Lastly, act on them daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Persevere, and never never give up.

What Bill Gates Has Taught Us in Becoming A World Class Expert

Photo credit: Wikipedia (Common)
Photo credit: Wikipedia (Common)

Probably you’ve heard about how Microsoft was founded. Two guys dropped out of college, started a company in 1975 and became billionaires after. Simple, isn’t it? But that story is just a tip of an iceberg.

In the book of Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Outlier”, reveals that Bill Gates and Paul Allen had spent more than thousands hours of programming practice before founding Microsoft. Gates had started programming at a very young age when computer was rare and so expensive that only the elite could afford it. Since his house was near to the school, Gates would sneak out  at 3am to access the computer inside the campus and practice coding until 6am, then went home  to catch several hours of sleep before going back to school for his classes. That’s how he lived his teenage years. He was so dedicated and disciplined enough that by the time came to launch Microsoft, they were already experts. They were experts because of applying the 10,000 hours rule.

The 10,000 Hours Rule

I thought it was just a normal figure, but after reading  Malcolm Gladwell’s The Outlier, this number now bears a significance.

He says the in order for us to become world class at something we have to spend at least 10000hrs of practice honing and developing our skills.  Many people  become successful because of this rule like  Bill Gates, Bill Joy, the Beatles and many more.

How does it work?

Let’s do the math. Ten thousand divided by 24hrs is equal to 417 days or one year and two months. This is the amount of time you need if you want to achieve mastery in any given field.

Let’s have an example. Let’s say I want to be world-class writer. However, I have a daytime job. But, I can spare at least two hours every day just improving my writing skills. How long will take me to reach this goal? Let’s compute it.

10,000 hrs /2 hrs per day = 5000 days

5000days/365days per yr = 13.79 yrs

Therefore, after 13.79 yrs, I will become a expert in writing. So, easy right? I’m just kidding. That’s the reason why few people reach the top because they are so disciplined and radical enough to start at a very young age. Bill Gates started programming at a very young age. Same with Bill Joy and the other successful men and women all over the world.

Do you apply the same principles in any areas of your life?

How about in your work? Or in your personal growth?

One of the few regrets in my life is that I learned about this when I was already working for many years. If only I had known it earlier while I was still a student, I could have achieved more. But, it is not the end of the story because no matter how young we are, we can still begin again.

There you are, the 10000-hour rule.