“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy” Denis Waitley
Are you a goal setter or does the thought of sitting down and setting goals leave you feeling less than inspired? I feel goals are little commitments to being the best you can be. They give you something to aim for, a destination, an outline of the dream you are headed towards. Most of the time I think I’m lucky because I’ve always been a goal setter. The process of setting written goals has provided me with a clear outline of where I am headed and some of the steps I need to achieve along the wayAs I thought about what to write today I felt inspired by the quote from Denis Waitley, motivational speaker and author of books including “The Psychology of Winning” and the way he describes goals as the energy source that powers our lives and how as we focus our energy we get the most from it and therefore (I believe) the most from our lives. There is a lot of information out there that supports the power of goal setting and a couple of weeks ago I was at a local networking event and was reminded of an interesting study about goals that always gets me feeling more inspired to make sure mine are current, clear and written. In the book “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School” Mark McCormack describes a study conducted back in 1979 as part of the Harvard MBA program. The study asked students the following; “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”
Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13% had goals, but had not written them out; and a massive 84% had no specific goals at all
Ten years later, the same people were interviewed again and the findings were astonishing. The 13% who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all. The three percent who had clear written goals were, on average, earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together!
That alone, in my opinion, is a definite reason to take some time to set written goals!
Where will you be in 10 years time? It might be an idea to use whatever goal setting formula works best for you and to write out exactly what your future will be