By – Danish Javid
Three years ago, I wrote down 100 goals in my journal. It was harder than I thought it would be. Among these riveting goals that my young brain came up with were “Go to Egypt” “Climb Everest,” . Absolutely riveting, I know.
Despite these brainless entries, I did come up with a few goals that shaped my life today. I wrote “Go to Ladakh” in my journal–I went there last week, had fun! I wrote “Start a Youtube channel” as well, and now I have a bustling channel with 5.8k subscribers.
The fact is, writing down 100 goals for my life three years ago gave me incredible direction. Given how much this simple exercise has helped me, I’m certain it can also help you, the reader.
Here’s how to perform the “100 goals” experiment yourself:
- Writing your First 20 goals- Is Easy
Got a pen? Good. Got a piece of paper? Now we’re talking. Write out your first twenty numbers and get going on filling them with goals. Truthfully writing out your first twenty goals will be very easy. You likely know exactly what you want to do, right? Some big goals might be to buy a house, get married, start a side-hustle, learn how to speak Spanish, and other various things.
“ Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” – Jim Rohn
- How To Write Down Your Next 80 Goals
When you have writer’s block during this exercise, it’s likely because you’re being too picky. “Cook with my mother” is an absolutely ludicrous goal of mine, however I still wrote it, right? I wrote it because I was trying to get out of my own way. I trained myself to write absolutely anything that came into my mind.
I don’t care if one of your goals is to go play professional soccer and you’re currently 50 years old. Write it down. I don’t care if your goal is essentially impossible. Write it down. This will help you get the exercise done.
Here’s a list of my personal goals that I wrote down three years ago…
- Go to Egypt
- Live in Paris
- Start a Successful Youtube Channel
- Write a book
- Write an insanely viral article
- Start a consulting/coaching business
- Maintain a high level of fitness
- Climb Everest
- Write a novel
- Get nominated for an award in entertainment.
- Break Up Your Goals By These 5 Categories
For one, break down your goals based on five different categories: Work, Relationships, Location, House, and Hobbies.
When you’re writing down these goals and you’re at a loss for what goals to write down next, just think in terms of category. Think about a few goals you can add to your “relationships” stockpile, or a few goals you can add to your “house” stockpile.
“ If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown
4.Your Life Will Magically Follow Some Of These 100 Goals
I’m convinced that simply listing down what you want in a journal can act as a sort of cosmic hand influencing you and pointing you in the right direction. You’ll subconsciously work towards many of your goals without knowing it.
Now, to be honest, many of my initial 100 goals are ones I’ll never accomplish. I have no desire to work on a film set right now, and living in Paris? That’s where rent prices are some of the highest in the world. What was I thinking?
You won’t bowl a strike every time writing down your goals, but that’s not the objective. The objective is to drain your brain of every goal you might ever want. It’s a 100 goal exercise on purpose–it’s hard to write down that many at one time.
Once you do, though, you best believe that every desire you’ve ever had is likely right in front of your face. You’ll be looking at a roadmap for your life, and that’s a pretty amazing gift to give yourself.