Setting & Achieving Goals- Part 1


It’s important to dream, and dream BIG. But if you ever want that BIG dream to come true, you have to turn it into a goal and create a plan to get there.

Here’s an eye-opening study on writing goals cited in Forbes:

“There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all.

Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing. The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!”

Before we talk about how to become one of those 3 percenters, it’s important to know why our goals and resolutions fail so we can avoid those pitfalls.

Why Our Goals & Resolutions Fail

1. We make too many at one time
So often when we decide to make a change, we want to change everything all at once. They’re usually all great things to shoot for, but when we make so many big goals all at one time, it’s almost a guarantee that we will fail at most if not all of them.

2. We make them too vague
So many resolutions and goals are grand ideals, but it’s easy to leave them as just that- vague notions of grandeur. It’s hard to achieve something that’s not tangible. How are we supposed to know when we’ve reached it if it’s just a general idea?

3. We don’t make a plan to achieve them
Even if our goal is one that’s clear and tangible, the point of a goal is something to strive for, something currently out of reach. If it’s not something we already know how to do, how are we supposed to get there?

4. We think we can only make them once a year
There is a big hype to make New Year’s resolutions. But the problem with that is so many of us think that’s the only time we can set goals or make changes. Then if we haven’t achieved it by February or we derailed somewhere along the way, the goals seem to just fade away until New Year’s approaches again. Then we dust off our resolutions from last year that we didn’t achieve, and we make those our resolutions once again.

“INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

— Albert Einstein

5. If we have failed in the past, we either just keep making & failing at the same goals or we give up completely
Once we’ve failed at a goal or resolution, many times we’ll keep trying every now and again at that same goal. We either get stuck in a discouraging rut of not reaching this darned goal or we give up completely out of frustration.

What This Series Will Teach You

What I would like to share with you in this series is how to dream smarter and start achieving your goals.

Over the next few posts, I’ll address these topics:

Finally, I’ll leave you with a little message from yours truly on why it’s so important to set goals.

Read the other posts in this series.

Part 1          Part 2          Part 3

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