When I was in school, I used to think that achieving success in life is a pretty smooth and straight forward journey. So writing goals had no significance in my mind. Honestly, I used to find it way too complicated and even laughed at those who used to keep a long list of goals. Actually, I was surrounded by the thoughts which advocated that writing goals restrict a person’s ability. Hence I wanted to be flexible in life or rather was looking for an excuse for not writing goals!
As it is rightly said, life is a journey and it teaches you lessons when you need the most.
As soon as i stepped into the real world after my high school, i was bombarded with “n” number of questions from relatives, seniors, & friends asking me things i want to aspire. Honestly, i had no answer to any of those fancy questions; all i wanted to tell them was that i aspire to live a super chilled out life, but that remained monologue. Things got tougher when i was served with the menu card of the top colleges in India with different variety of courses. And I had no clue which one to select, everything looked rosy with carrots thrown all around.
Fortunately I came across a fascinating case study conducted in 1979 by Harvard Business School where graduate students were asked “Whether they had set clear written goals with plans to accomplish them?
The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!
Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet – All had their goals written when they were 25.
This helped me to learn world’s most underrated yet most valuable skill … writing goals.
Since then I started off my journey and my level of achievement and motivation has gone up.
NOW the question comes – How do I start OR get more out of this golden wisdom?
Let me share what I have learned, a simple procedure that anyone can follow for a successful kick off!
- Write down an exhaustive list of things that you wish or aspire e.g earn Money, good health
- Filter down your list by narrowing it down on the scale of priority
- Once you have a defined list in place – Try to be specific around each goal. Ask yourself a series of question until you drill down yourself to convert a raw thought into a crystal clean one. E.g. How much amount of money, time frame etc
- Against each goal write down How you are going to achieve it. E.g Blueprint of your execution
- Finally arrange them on the scale of time – 3 month, 1 year 5 year ( Short term, long term and very long term)
Wow! Isn’t it simple and interesting but now we have to make it a Habit? Again let me share the secret of how!
Here are few ways one can follow
- Whenever you get a good idea, immediately write it down in your SMART mobile– This will help you to not lose on thoughts worth investing time into
- Download applications, web based tools which offers user friendly platforms to write & track your goals
- Make a habit of paying a visit to your bucket list on a regular basis