When it comes to setting goals, we know that all goals aren’t created equally. If you want to have the greatest chance of ultimately reaching your target, you can maximize your success rate by selecting a goal that really means something to you.
But that’s only part of the equation. While the mere act of identifying a meaningful goal makes you more likely to reach it, there remains a big gap between having a goal and actually achieving it.
And this is where most of us get stuck.
The importance of goal-setting cannot be understated. Yet very few of us actually do it, often because we aren’t quite sure how to.
If you found these helpful, here are a few more principles for effective goal-setting.
Put it in writing
Our brain is designed for efficiency. It tries not to work any harder or store any more information than is necessary. I’m guessing that this has something to do with why we tend to be pretty forgetful.
Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?
In a popular urban legend, this is the question that was posed to new graduates of the Harvard MBA program in 1979 (or Yale class of ’53, depending on whom you ask). As the story goes, they found that:
84% had no specific goals
13% had goals, but not in writing
3% had clear written goals and plans to accomplish them
Ten years later, the same individuals were interviewed again.