This Week’s One Thing: Put Your Goals In Writing
Most people over the age of 17 have heard the axiom that written goals are more likely to be accomplished than goals that are not written. There is plenty of statistical data to support this. It’s not a matter worth debating or over-analyzing. You’ve probably been telling yourself that you need to do it. It’s time to go ahead and get it done. Period.
My suggestion is this: keep it very simple. Choose a MAXIMUM of three goals for the year and make sure that they have a quantifiable element to them. It is not enough to write, for example, “I want to increase revenues this year.” Instead, the goal should be, “I want to increase revenues by 40%.” Or, on the personal side, instead of saying, “I want to spend more time with my children,” you would write, “I want to spend at least three evenings of quality time per week with my children.” With quantifiable goals, you can easily determine whether or not you reached the goal. By focusing on a maximum of three goals, you are more likely to stay focused and not feel overwhelmed.
The Action Items
1. Choose your goals (maximum of 3) and select a reasonable time period during which you believe you can attain them.
2. Write or type the goals.
3. Place the written goals where you will see them every day (e.g., the dashboard of your car, written in dry erase marker on your bathroom mirror, as a screensaver on your computer, or on your refrigerator).
4. Read and contemplate your goals every day.
There’s a chapter in Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich, titled, “Desire – The Starting Point of All Achievement.” Check it out.