A few weeks ago I was intrigued by a 3×5 card that my husband had in his car. He had filled six lines on the fluorescent green card with numbers. When I asked him about it he said, “I’m going to SWIM the card.” Those numbers were times for his six events at the national masters swim meet in a couple of months. Every day he would see that card in his car, written in his own handwriting, to remind him of his goals. On the days he didn’t want to get out of bed at 5:00 to swim, he would remember the card and head to the pool. On the days when he was already worn out from work and coaching but needed to lift weights at night, he would see the card and remember his goals. And he would drive to the gym and the dreams transferred to goals and then results. But that can wait.
Having clear, written goals is a step to success. Even moreso, writing down the goals in your own handwriting signals your brain to pay attention. I liken it to telling a three year old that you are taking her to Disneyland. She will not forget and she will not let you forget. Every Disney commercial, toy and song will remind her of the promised trip. Even things seemingly unrelated will trigger the thought and prompt her to remind you. In much the same way, your brain will focus on what you have written and relentlessly bring it to mind until you have completed the task. If you think about a goal, that activates the right side of your brain which deals with imagination. But writing down that same goal engages the left side of your brain, triggering activity and logic to complete the goal.
In 2015, Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University in California published the results of a study where she measured the effectiveness of writing goals. The conclusion of the study was that those who had written goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not. Making the goals public and having weekly accountability for those goals increased the results even more.
So what are your goals? Do you want to run a marathon? Lose 15 pounds? Earn a bonus at work? Reach a business goal? Write them down in your own handwriting.
Be specific, be concise, choose a date to reach that goal and share that goal with a business partner or friend. I can think about my goals all day, but writing them down commits me to achieving them. And, like the perseverating three year old, my brain keeps reminding me of what I said I would do.
So, you may be wondering how my husband’s card worked for him. I was able to watch a Live Stream of all of the races. His goal times were 25th Place in the nation for his age group. He placed 6th in the 50 Breaststroke, then 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st and 26th in his other events. It was so fun to watch the races and hear my kids cheer for him, though he couldn’t hear it. As we saw his times posted, one of us would remember the goal time…all from seeing it on a card in his car. That was last weekend and he already has his next goals written on a card. So harness those dreams, write them down and be ready to “Swim the Card”.
From the time she was little, Karen knew she wanted to be a teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Missouri Southern State College, immediately moved to Oregon with her husband, and enthusiastically began teaching a class of second graders. But as she and her husband began having children, she knew that she wanted to be the one to raise them and educate them in their early years. She resigned from teaching and supplemented her income and her love of teaching by tutoring high school students and giving piano lessons.
As her kids grew older, Karen enjoyed being available to attend field trips, plan class parties and fill her car with athletes on the way to sporting events. She began looking for a job with flexible hours and the possibility of residual income in order to protect the priorities of her family. At the same time, she was looking for natural solutions to the asthma, allergies, and digestive issues in her family. The Legacy Group provided the solution for both the financial and physical needs of her family and included the integrity and work ethic she was seeking. Her love of teaching found a home in The Legacy Group as she educates others on better, safer products and sound business principles.