It’s easy to talk about starting your own business or that you’re (eventually) going to pen that novel. But if you really want to make it happen, don’t just talk about it. Write it down. New research suggests that writing about a goal will bring about the most assured results.

One professor discovered interesting results after having his students do a ‘self-authoring’ exercise, in which they reflected on their past and then wrote a blueprint for achieving their future goals (with college graduation being the overriding theme). Those who did the exercise completed more course credits than students who hadn’t, and the 'minority achievement gap' between the students shrunk.

If you have a ‘pie in the sky’ idea, why not try this exercise, too? What goal are you going to write about and how will you set about accomplishing it?



Science of Us: Don’t Underestimate the Simple Power of Writing Down Your Goals