In 1979, a longitudinal study was conducted by the Harvard MBA programmme where graduate students were asked, “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”.
Only 3% had written goals and plans. A further13% had goals, but had not written them down and 84% had no goals.
Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the results were absolutely amazing.
The 13% of the class who had goals but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals.
The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!
The results speak for themselves. To achieve success, you must to first commit to making a change and set goals.
The very act of setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible, the intangible into tangible and the dream into reality.
Many years ago when I started a new business, my partner and I had to write a business plan in order to obtain a loan from the bank. We wrote this comprehensive plan with a list of all the great things we were going to do because we wanted to impress the bank manager and get the loan. We got the loan.
Years later I pulled out the business plan from my desk drawer and blew off the dust. The funny thing is that even though we hadn’t looked at the plan since the day we had presented it to the bank, I found to my amazement that we had achieved all the plans on our list.
I recently attended a Clickfunnels convention in Orlando at the Disney Coronado Hotel. Clickfunnels founder Russel Brunson talked about how Walt Disney had died before Disneyworld was actually built. When it was opened, a journalist remarked that it was a pity Walt Disney did not live to see his dream come true. A staff member replied that Walt had in fact “seen” his creation in great detail in his imagination long before the first brick had been laid.
Right now, take a moment to map out your goals and your life. Don’t hold back, write down all the things you want to do and achieve – it doesn’t have to be financial or work related. Don’t be vague, be specific and definite.
Rather than writing “I want a good job with a nice salary”, say “I want to work as a XYZ for ABC company on a salary of £50,000 pa”.
Make sure the results you are moving toward are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and anchored within a time frame.
Even if you don’t have any firm plans or idea how you are going to achieve your goals you should still take the first step by writing out your goals.
Check out my episode "3 Steps To Starting A Business And Changing Your Fortunes " on Anchor! https://anchor.fm/charles-kelly/episodes/3-Steps-To-Starting-A-Business-And-Changing-Your-Fortunes-e19649