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HappinessAll hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23.

Are you walking your talk? Our thoughts become our words and our words should become our actions. Our actions then shape our character and our character determines our future.

I meet many people who want to change their circumstances, or so they say. The struggle for most people is that it is easier to talk about what they want to accomplish in life, rather than go out and do it. Let’s look at an interesting next step to achieving what we really want in life.

If we look at thoughts becoming words, the written word, has a better memory and clearer meaning of those thoughts. Some people keep journals, some people prefer diaries, to do lists, must do lists, vision statements, mission statements, call them what you will, but call them something and get to work on them.

I have kept diaries for over ten years, but would record things such as morning exercise, special occasions and holidays. They evolved into recording what I ate and how I slept amongst other things.   From time to time I would look through that day in each of the diaries from a few years collectively. May 10th of each year over 7 or so years for example. I soon discovered that when my mood was great and my life positively firing; my diet, exercise, relationships, sleep and peace of mind were all in balance and good shape, regardless of the world around me obviously being different for each year..

Whilst a journal is a healthy way of recording your thoughts and feelings and a diary a good way of recording your activities, it dawned on me (initially out of trying to save time) that it is possible to write your own script in a forward thinking sense.

Prior to going to bed each night, I would write the exercises that I would do the next morning in my diary and what I would eat the following day, as I would for an up and coming engagement, to save filling in my diary retrospectively.

What I was unwittingly doing was writing goals for myself. It didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t do the cardio or weights session, or that I would choose to eat poorly, as my choices had been made. So for a few years now my diaries have been consistent, without periods of inactivity and unrest.

How I managed to trick myself into writing my daily goals, is irrelevant. Goal setting, on paper, is tantamount to achieving what you want out of life.

I come across a lot of people that for whatever reason will resist every attempt to grow or change into the person they were born to be. They say they are unhappy, yet one of the most common avoidance techniques is to state that a particular name of a course of action is undesirable. "I hate the word goals" "I think all this journey, growth, self help talk is rubbish" "it's all clichés" etc.

Just as you can legally change an embarrassing name bestowed upon you by overzealous parents at your birth, how about changing the names of limiting words? Use a word you prefer.

A client I worked with refused to set goals because the word goals had bad connotations for her. We worked out she loves a challenge and she has now set and achieved 30 day challenges, extending them to 60 day, 90 day and yearly challenges.

In writing what you want, be careful not to write what you don’t want. Nowhere in my diary would it say, don’t procrastinate between 11am and 12pm. By writing, call prospective clients between 11am and 12pm, procrastination is eliminated completely.

Your goals should also align with your values. There is no point in writing, I will earn a million dollars in the next 5 years, if in the pursuit, you lose your family, or miss out on the important things in your life.

I believe life is about creating meaning and memories. It is amazing how much more likely you are to obtain the memories and meaning you would want to create for yourself, if you write them down, refer to them regularly and act on them now. Nike didn’t invest billions on their slogan on a whim.

"Life's rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses" Lee J Colan