I write down goals. Only then can I move the thought around in my head. Only then can I question what it will take and fully weigh the opportunity costs during the process.
Why it works:
Confirms intention - I'm serious. This is what I want. This is what I will work toward. What does this mean for my now? What will this mean then? How does that feel when I say it?
Motivation to take action - My goal is real. I want it. What can I do today to move closer?
Assess progress - Am I moving closer? What is working? What isn't working? Where are the opportunities that I have yet to consider?
Overcome resistance - I didn't expect this to happen. But I welcome the added challenge.
Celebrate successes - That felt good. Really good.
Clarify the destination - I've learned more. What does this really look like? Do I still want this? Am I chasing something that nurtures me? I thought it would. But it may not. The opportunity costs are greater than I originally expected. Does this support my best life? I am able to decide. And making a decision to move forward, either toward the goal or away from the goal, is better than assuming.