PLEASE NOTE: This is an old post. I wrote this many years ago as a young(er) and dumb(er) me. While it may still hold value, and could be worth the read (I mean, I wasn’t that dumb), I would suggest you not judge the content or quality of the rest of the site on this post. Come now, you weren’t the best ever when you were younger were ya? Cut a guy some slack.
I took this study info from a site once. I believe it was called LifeMastering.com. If I get the link, I’ll be sure to share and credit it. However, I thought this was quite an amazing little study done by Harvard about setting goals, so I wanted to quote it.
I could say so much, but it kinda speaks for itself. It’s amazing really. I just really believe we could do a better job at setting goals for ourselves. I know I do, but I could be even better and more clear about it. Writing them down repeatedly would be great. I believe I will start doing this more with those I have opportunity to mentor as well.
In the book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack tells about a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program.
In that year, the students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all. Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.
It also makes me think of this… One of the surest signs of prayer working is a person who can point at a request once and say, “Here I wrote the request,” and then point to the answer and say, “Here I wrote the answer.” Then you can tell peoples that it sure seems a lot more “coincidences” happen when you pray! :) Not necessarily goal related, but hey, why would you pray for anything less than what you believe to be a sure goal? (James 4:1-3; Mark 11:23-25; Matthew 21:21-22). Something to think about… and do.