The importance of writing down your goals

Once you have decided on your goals it’s very important to write them  down.


There have been various debates about writing down and reviewing your goals.

Fortunately,there is some research that backs up the importance of writing down your goals.

This research is now quite famous.
In 1979 interviewers ask graduates at Harvard Business School the following question :
“Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them.”

Bearing in mind that it is difficult to find a place at Harvard you would expect the graduates to be very goal-driven.
However the results were quite surprising :
84% had no specific goals at all,which in itself is quite astonishing.

13% had goals but they were not committed to paper.
Only 3% had clear written goals and plans to achieve them.

In 1989 ,10 years later, the graduates when interviewed again and the results were as follows :

The 13% who had clear written goals were earning on average twice as much as the 84% who had no goals.
The truly startling result was that the 3% who had clear written goals were earning on average
10 TIMES AS MUCH AS THE OTHER 97% PUT TOGETHER
That really is quite incredible.

Whatever your goal,if you need any evidence that writing down your goals and reviewing them regularly is important then surely this research shows exactly that.

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