There are several excellent books that cover the use of writing in manifesting goals. Indeed, studies have shown that people are more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down. While the different books may appear to say the same thing, each one will offer some subtle nugget of wisdom that can help you fine tune the process.
Both Shakti Gawain (Visualization Workbook) and Henriette Anne Klauser (Write It Down, Make It Happen) point out that once you’ve put your goals on paper, even if you stick that paper in a drawer and don’t look at it again, you’ll often find that they manifested anyway.
Thomas and Penelope Pauley outline a very comprehensive process in their book I’m Rich Beyond My Wildest Dreams, I Am, I Am, I Am.
In the little gem It Works, the author suggests that you read the list at least three times a day. He also suggests that you tweak the list and that making changes is a sign of progress.
I have first hand experience that showed me Henriette and Shakti were 100% right. When I read my Ideal Scene (Visualization Workbook) five years after I’d written it, I got chills. I got exactly what I’d put down…to the letter
This is all well and good if the goal is for something like good health or prosperity, loving relationships, friendships, a good job, or other objectives that are always important, if not desired, but what about when they aren’t?
The truth is, we change and we grow. The ambitions we had at 16 are bound to be different than those we have at 25, 40, 60, and so on. If we never again look at that list, we’re short changing ourselves on the opportunity of upgrading our desires. And what about experience? We may have wanted certain traits in a romantic partner at 21 but by the time we’re 31, the chances are we need something else entirely.
In continuing to evaluate the goals that we set for ourselves, we honor our accomplishments and set ourselves up for success by acknowledging that we always deserve the best. What was best for us at one stage in our life will not necessarily be so at a later stage. Our needs change and our goals should reflect that change.
Additionally, by reevaluating our goals, we are able to reaffirm them, adding positive energy and recharging them. We breathe new life into them and find motivation to see them come to fruition.
If you’re going to stick your paper out of sight, try not to put it too far out of sight. Perhaps you can choose a day every six months or less (or longer) to at least look at your list. If you follow the suggestions of the authors above, you will have both short term goals and long term goals on your list. You will have small things and large things. As a result, the chances are, by the time you next look at your list, at least some of the goals will have been accomplished. In looking at them again, you have the opportunity to cross achievements off the list, give thanks for them, and evaluate others to see if they are still things and events you want.
I have personally had tremendous success when writing down goals. Because of this, I would like to provide some parting advice. Be very conscientious about wording. The chances are you will get exactly what you are asking for, no more, no less.
An example. When we were interested in buying a house, I wrote down the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the minimum square footage we desired, and provided incredible details about the neighborhood (safe), neighbors (nice), the yard ( beautifully landscaped front, back, sides), and other details (wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors). Within a year we were living in a house that exactly fit everything I’d written down. There was just one small problem. I hadn’t written down the style of house I wanted (ie Colonial, Victorian, Farmhouse, Ranch). As a result, I found myself living in a home that, although nice, was not exactly what I would have preferred.
It’s worth writing down your goals but it’s imperative to remember that when it comes to their manifestation, it truly is in the details.