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Goal Setting - The 1st Step To Achieving Your Goals

Posted on 30/04/2012

Goal Setting
Success psychologists say that 95% - 97% of the people in the world do NOT have written goals and fail, while 3-5% have written goals and succeed Quote from Gary Latham
The festivities of Christmas and the New Year now seem a distant memory as do many of the resolutions we may have made at that time of year. In the twelve weeks that have elapsed, how have we implemented those resolutions? Have they become a part of our lives? Are we on the path to success and achieving those goals that we felt so determined and driven about only twelve weeks ago?

The concept of Goal Setting is not a modern one. The New Years Resolution, the most widely recognised goal setting practice; is an annual custom that we all know well and it dates back 4000 years to the Babylonians who

made resolutions to return borrowed farming equipment[1]. The Romans also made new years resolutions, a
favourite of theirs being for their enemies to forgive them.[2] So the idea of setting ourselves achievable targets to aid in our personal development has long been in our nature. New years resolutions however do not have a high success rate, according to recent studies[3], 52% of people at the start of the study were confident in achieving their resolutions, a year later only 12% had achieved their goals. Goal setting on the other hand has a much higher success rate; only 3% of Americans set goals but they are among the most successful in society[4].While the unsuccessful new years resolution focuses on a broad statement such as give up smoking it is too vague and is not necessarily written down, and often negative; focussing on going without or giving something up, whereas the act of goal setting is much more precise and tends to be a positive statement. A goal needs to be measurable and attainable and is often divided into segments; the act of goal setting is a plan, whereas the new years resolution is an expression of something you want to change, but without any consideration as to how you will accomplish it.

Where do I start? Methods of goal setting may vary but they all have the same basic principles; list everything you want to achieve, no matter how big or out of reach it may seem in the present moment. A good way to begin is to brainstorm all the things you want to achieve, and from that list you can start to form your plan of action!


Myriam Sohail

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