In 1979, researchers asked new graduates from the Harvard’s MBA Program about their goals and found that:
• 84% had no specific goals at all
• 13% had goals but they were not committed to paper
• 3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them
In 1989, the researchers followed up with the 1979 graduates and interviewed them again. Here’s what they discovered:
• The 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all.
• The three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% put together.
Goals are really about having the discipline to do small things each day in the right direction. That’s the slight edge that will make a huge difference in the long-run.
A friend of mine created a very simply app that helps you share your top three goals each day with your team, friends or family: www.committo3.com. I am going to start using it next week and would love connect with anyone who wants to participate.
Here is a great tidbit shared last week by a friend of mine, Andy Bailey, to a group of business owners.
Have a great weekend!