We all have goals in our lives, but how many of those goals do we remember setting and actually achieve? A study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program asked graduate students: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The results of this study show that merely three percent of the students had written goals and plans, 13 percent had goals, but not in writing, and 84 percent had no goals at all. The same group of individuals was interviewed 10 years later, and the 13 percent of people who had goals but did not put them in writing was earning twice the amount of the 84 percent of people who had no goals. The three percent of people who had written goals were earning approximately 10 times as much as the rest of the class combined.
Clearly, based off this study, creating clear, measurable goals, and putting them in writing is a recipe for success.
The following are helpful tips to creating clear and measurable goals: (more…)