Goal Setting

  1. Write them down ( Short Term, Mid-Range, Long Term)
  2. Be specific (what exactly are you working toward?)
  3. Make it attainable (can it be done?)
  4. Measurable (can you tell if you are making progress?)
  5. What are the possible roadblocks?
  6. What are the steps I need to take?
  7. Who are my supports? How can they help me?
  8. Consider your strengths AND weaknesses
  9. Ask yourself, “WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?”
  10. Ask yourself, “HOW ARE MY GOALS RELATED?”

BE FLEXIBLE!! REVISIT YOUR GOALS REGULARLY!

In 1979 there was a study done with graduates from Harvard University. They were asked one simple question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The responses showed the following…

-84% had no specific goals at all

-13% had goals but they were not committed to paper

-3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them

 

In 1989, ten years later, the researchers again interviewed the graduates from that class. The results were shocking…

-The 13% of the class who had goals, but not committed them to paper, were earning, on average, TWICE AS MUCH as the 84% who had no goals at all

-Even more staggering – the 3% who had clear, WRITTEN goals were earning, on average, TEN TIMES AS MUCH as the other 97% put together.

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