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!
Set an Achievement Date _ \"Goals are dreams with deadlines\" _ Diana Scharf Hunt _ Parkinson\'s Law says, \"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.\" The more time we give ourselves to accomplish a task or goal, the more time it takes us to accomplish it. Therefore, we must learn to use Parkinson\'s Law to our advantage by setting shorter time frames in which to complete the goal or task. _ Identify All Possible Roadblocks and Setbacks _ \"When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.\" _ Rudy Giuliani _ Identifying roadblocks should not discourage you but help you avoid any unexpected setbacks that may occur; enabling you to create the most effective plans possible. By recognizing obstacles your mind should then begin to think of solutions to solve these possible situations. In Robert Kiyasaki\'s classic, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyasaki\'s \"rich dad\" teaches him how the mind of the rich are different than that of the poor. When the poor see something that they desire but is beyond their current budget they say, \"I can\'t afford that.\" While the rich say, \"How can I afford that?\" Think as this rich dad and apply it not only in finances, but in all areas of your life. Create Your Key Indicators _ \"First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.\" _ Fitzhugh Dodson _ An example of a key indicator is the number of cold calls that you will make. After deciding the key indicator you set a goal for that specific key indicator. This step is to help you identify the most important tasks that need to be done on a daily basis that bring you closer to accomplishing your goal. By doing what needs to be done first and seeing that task to the end, you will actually spend 80% less time on that task than if you tried doing the same task in smaller increments.