Neuroscientists have long known that individuals have better memory for material they’ve created and written down than for material they’ve only read.

This “active process” works to move information into long term memory. 

We can apply this principle to goal planning. When thinking about your goals, create a picture in your mind, make it vivid, and write it down.

When creating a picture of your goal: 

  • Visualize what it looks like and feels like,
  • Think about who would notice a difference,
  • Think about if you’ve done things in your past that shows you have already begun to demonstrate the necessary skills,
  • Think about what is required and what it would take to be one step closer to attaining that goal

Yes, I know – there’s a lot of cognitive processing taking place here. In essence, this active process works to sear your goal into your brain for a longer lasting impact.