Everywhere we are told to write our dreams, goals clearly. Why? There is a clear reason behind it. 

If the story of your life was a novel and you, the novelist, how would you write your story? After all, even in real life, you are the author of your own story. Imagine if you took that metaphor literally, and started listing everything you’ve ever wanted in life, writing those dreams and goals down on paper.

This article will explain why that’s not simply a crazy metaphorical idea. In fact, pinpointing your dreams this way can actually help bring them closer to reality.

Perhaps you don’t know about the amazing change that can happen to your life once you start writing these dreams down.

Writing down exactly what it is you want.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.

– Napoleon Hill

Most people’s goals in life are only vague ideas. Their goals may be,  usually to make more money, to get a better job, to have someone to love or to have the chance to travel. Whatever it is?

While you might be in this category of a person with vague dreams, not written anywhere, it’s important to be precise if you want any of your dreams to turn into a reality.

Being specific means going from saying “I want more money” to saying, “I want to earn $10000 to open a restaurant.”

When it comes to a relationship, you have to be specific in the type of person you want. List out all the details like whether you want someone who’s funny and kind, or whether or not they want kids.

These specifics sound extreme at first, but in order to actually reach your goals, you have to have a definite plan to work toward, so you don’t get side-tracked. If you want to go to someplace in the city which you have never been to before what you do? You take help of Google Maps and trace a path beforehand or online navigation and by following that path you reach your destination.

In this small story, there are four things.

First, your desire to go to that place.

Second,  your knowledge of where you have to go, your destination.

Third, your search of the roadmap.

And fourth and last is your journey to that destination until you reach there.

In life also you have to define all these things exactly. Once you know for sure exactly what it is you want, physically write it down on paper.

Writing down our dreams is no new idea — many incredibly successful stories started this way.

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey was a born entertainer. In school, his teacher let him perform his comedy routines for his classmates at the end of the day in exchange for being quiet during class. Carrey used to wear his tap shoes to bed, just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.

When he was young, Carrey’s father lost his job and the whole family had to live in a camper van on a relative’s lawn. They all took jobs working as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory – Carrey himself worked an eight-hour shift straight after school.

Carrey got his start as a stand-up comedian at 15, wearing a yellow suit that his mother sewed, Carrey’s debut bombed so badly that it gave him doubt whether he could make a living as an entertainer. Fortunately, he persevered and gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. A year later, he dropped out of high school to concentrate on his career.

At 19, Carrey headed to Hollywood – but like many young actors trying to make it in Tinseltown, he found that success was elusive. In 1985, a broke and depressed Carrey drove his old beat-up Toyota up the Hollywood hills. There, sitting overlooking Los Angeles, he daydreamed of success. To make himself feel better, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.

At 19, Carrey headed to Hollywood – but like many young actors trying to make it in Tinseltown, he found that success was elusive. In 1985, a broke and depressed Carrey drove his old beat-up Toyota up the Hollywood hills. There, sitting overlooking Los Angeles, he daydreamed of success. To make himself feel better, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.

The check remained there until it deteriorated but Carrey eventually made it: he earned millions for movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. When his father passed away in 1994, Carrey slipped the check in the casket to be buried.

Football player Lou Holtz didn’t just have one goal—he had 107 and wrote each and every one of them down on paper. He did this in 1966 when he was 28 years old and unemployed. His goals included meeting the president of the United States, coaching a football team, and making a hole-in-one in golf.

Amazingly, 50 years later, Holtz has fulfilled nearly every one of these goals. On his website, there are pictures of him shaking hands with not just the president, but the Pope too, as the coach of the football team at the University of Notre Dame and winning the 1988 national championship, and, as for his luck at golf, he’s managed to hit not one, but two hole-in-one shots – so far.

When your goals are very specific like this, it unlocks so many opportunities for success. You still may have some doubts about how this can truly work, so let’s look closer at the power of putting pen to paper.

The Reticular Activating System

See if this sounds familiar: your mother calls to tell you she’s finally bought herself a new car –a red  Hyundai Creta. This surprises you —you’ve never heard of this car before.

The next day, though, as you’re driving around your city, you start to see Hyundai Creta everywhere, and most of them are red, just like your mom’s! How is this possible?

Your brain has a filter, known as the Reticular Activating System, or RAS, and this is it at work.

The RAS is what sharpens our attention, and it can be primed to notice or ignore certain things.

New parents are super familiar with the RAS working all the time, which allows them to sleep through traffic noise, and yet still wake up at the slightest cry from their baby. This is due to their RAS being biologically focused to hear when their child is in need.

The same brain function is working when you hear your name called in a crowded room at a loud party. Even though you’re surrounded by all sorts of loud noises, you’ll notice this specificity and all of a sudden, a conversation that was just background noise a second ago will enter your attention.

The RAS can also help you to reach the goals you’ve written down. When you write your goals down, clearly defined on paper, you actually prime your brain and it begins its unconscious work toward your goal.

Once your goals are written down, your RAS will constantly be on the lookout for anything that might help you reach this goal, from messages to information. So, once you have it down on paper that you want enough money to open a restaurant, you’ll be primed to overhear someone at a party who’s talking about the fact that they used to invest in restaurants, which is something you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Somewhere you will find a bank manager who can loan you money for opening your restaurant. This is very strange for those people who never dare to dream and it is very familiar to dreamers. That’s why they dream newer and newer dreams every day because they know that there is RAS and subconscious mind to work for them like their google map to show them the direction.

Writing down your fears as well as your goals is a great way to acknowledge them and start working past them.

The RAS is a helpful part of our subconscious mind, working to get us closer to our goals.

Alongside our goals, though, we often have unconscious fears dormant inside us as well, and, by doing the same thing as with our goals, and writing these fears down on paper, it becomes easier to recognize and conquer what obstacles may stand in your way.

For aspiring writers, the unconscious fear that might stop them from writing their book is the fear of being rejected by a publisher. Due to this fear, many writers will only send their work to a small number of publishers and then give up hope when those two or three rejection letters come back. Because of this, they’ll start to believe they aren’t good enough right from the start and think that they should stop trying to be a writer.

If they’d realized from the beginning, though, that they had a fear of rejection, this running away from their goal might not have happened. If they had recognized this early on, they’d know that a few rejection letters is really only a small setback. They would also have in the back of their minds that esteemed writers like JK Rowling received dozens of rejection letters before her first book was picked up.

Writers aren’t the only ones who have a fear of rejection and criticism. So many people have those exact same fears, and that’s the reason a lot of us put our goals aside. When we ignore our fears, it sits inside us, where it festers and takes over, keeping us from being creative.

Writing these fears down can ensure this doesn’t happen, but you have to be as precise as possible in recognizing your fear so that they start to lose the power they have. Once you start to do this, you’ll start to truly see your fears for what they are —obstacles, and be able to work past them from the start.


With the right mindset, no dream is too big. Too often, we let ourselves be too scared to actually accomplish what it is we want. These fears, though, can be put aside by taking time to write down what it is we truly desire and using these methods to unlock our powerful subconscious mind to set us down the right path. The simple act of writing our goals down is a powerful one that is actually quite similar to praying and can turn us into a magnet for the things we most desire from life.

Actionable advice:

Start your day off by writing down your intentions.

Each morning or on the eve, it’s smart to take some time to write down what it is you want to accomplish that day or the next day.  It’s not a to-do list, and shouldn’t contain things such as doing laundry or going shopping. The purpose is to guide you emotionally and spiritually through your day, such as having the goal to “be the best mother I can be.”Starting your day with intention will help you to stay grateful and positive as you move throughout your day.

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