Through a random selection of fifty respondents we found that there is some commonality in the manner in which goals are set: When we compare the groups of \'Very Satisfied\' with their achievement and \'Satisfied\' or \'Somewhat Satisfied\' with their achievement. The first group were more likely to have SMART goals. The goal is described in sensory terms _ what will be seen, heard and felt, and for a small number, smelt and tasted. Respondents were clear about what achieving the goal will do positively for them and the cost to themselves (and others) of achieving their goal. Their goal, they considered personally stretching yet \'knew\' that they were capable of achieving it themselves. More than 60% stated their goal in the present tense _ \'I am\' rather than \'I will be\'.
You may see goals as somewhat limiting or stifling your creativity. You may take the position that if you commit to a goal you must stubbornly pursue it and close the door to other opportunities that may arise. While these are the most common reasons for foot_dragging, when it comes to goal setting, the reasons for not setting goals are almost endless. I even had one lovely lady tell me that she didn\'t set goals because she was afraid that if she wrote them down she would jinx her future success. She thought it would be \"bad juju\"! We can be very creative when it comes to finding excuses for not attending to this vitally important task. When you think about it, with all these reasons to avoid goal setting, why should you even set goals? Small business owners, business book authors and consultants are missing a vitally important piece of information about goals: they have a magnetic quality. That brings me to reason #7. This is the most important, yet seldom recognized, reason small business owners resist setting goals. You don\'t realize the power and full benefits of Magnetic Goals. When you define your own set of Magnetic Goals, use them as a tool, rather than just a \"I have to do because smart folks tell me to\" exercise, you will see for yourself the awesome power of Magnetic Goals to draw success to you.