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!
The Motivation behind Set Goals _ The meaning of it is that the purpose of goals is not so you get things but rather of what they will make of you as a person. I am in the phase of realizing that right now. Most people set goals blindly. They desire and focus on material things. And there is nothing wrong with that; I want you to have as many things as you want because that is part of life too. It is part of the manifestation process of creating results when you set goals. But if all you do is to focus on getting things, it may cost you your integrity of who you want to be, of what you want to create in your life. So you got to be careful!