Specific _ Setting detailed and precise objectives _ State each goal as an unambiguous, positive statement. The process of reaching goals includes an initial evaluation, frequent reviews, and progress checks. Goals should be set down in specific terms so they appear as crystallized pictures in the mind rather than fuzzy apparitions on the horizon. \"I have to loose weight\" sounds like a project of enormous proportions with nowhere to start. Setting a more concrete, short_term goal is more effective. For example, decide that at the end of two weeks you will have lost 2 kg. This is a more a more specific, practical, and therefore attainable goal. What precisely do you want to achieve? I want to be an Olympic competitor is not a performance goal; it\'s actually the outcome of a goal. Check that you objectives are specific and not just outcomes.
Goal_setting is one of those things that people, it seems, are near unanimous on its importance to life, career, success, achievement. And there are a great many speakers who advocate goal_setting. The latest \'fad\' in this is The Secret _ Rhonda Byrne\'s now famous TV/Film Documentary which, in a nutshell, purports that people who envision what they want will attract its actualization into their life. Now, I\'m not going to detract from this appealing idea because there is something in it _ but it isn\'t new by any means, it\'s been written in the Bible for several hundred years. There are others including Zig Ziglar and Anthony Robbins _ both of whom quote an oft_used story about the effectiveness of goal_setting: This is the Yale Study of 1953 _ some say it is Harvard, and some challenge the year _ it matters not, since the study is an urban myth. Let me remind you of the story, you may have heard variations and the precise percentages vary: Yale researchers surveyed the graduating class of 1953 to determine how many of them have specific, written goals for their future. 3% of them had. Twenty years later, the researchers followed up with the surviving members of the class and discovered that the 3% with written goals had accumulated more personal wealth than the remaining 97% combined!