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The importance of self-authoring

The importance of self-authoring

Life goals, career goals, relationship goals, 30 before 30 goals, there are all types of goals. These goals are somewhat keeping us busy throughout our lives. Like any twentysomething, I often feel confused in what my goals actually are and how I could pursue them in a certain timeframe. When I first heard about Dr. Jordan Peterson’s goal setting program, called the self-authoring program, I was intrigued as it seemed to be what I was looking for to help me clarify my goals. If you’re looking for a tool that will help you to clarify your goals, make sure to read on.

What is the self-authoring program?

The self-authoring program is an online writing program that is aimed to define your goals. This is what they say about it on the website: “The Future Authoring Program helps you envision a meaningful, healthy and productive future, three to five years down the road, and to develop a detailed, implementable plan to make that future a reality.”

Dr. Michaela Schippers, one of the team members at selfauthoring.com and professor of psychology at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management, states that effective interventions such as self-authoring enhance performance and increase happiness. This type of conscious reflection on experience and description and prioritization of goals can enhance motivation, be experienced as energy and drive. Furthermore, it is found to reduce anxiety. To me, this sounded awesome, therefore I followed the program myself.

What I’ve noticed since doing the self-authoring program myself

  1. Through the program, you’ll learn to operationalize goals into tasks and patterns of behavior. It does not set goals in form of ideas but really helps to break it up into daily tasks and makes you think what it would mean for your weekly schedule.
  2. Most of our decision making is done unconsciously. By having done the program and spending all this time to explicitly write down your goals, it also helps to guide the unconscious decisions you make. This concept is called self-regulation.
  3. Writing down your goals and think about all the aspects it entails brings a lot of clarity. In turn, that extra clarity helps me to divide the essentials from side issues and saying no to the right things.

What about you? Have you ever thought about personal goal setting? Will you be giving the self-authoring program a chance? Let us know in the comments below!

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