While driving the other day the person in the car with me said they we’re disappointed with themselves. Disappointed, in that they had only achieved 50% of the goals they set for the year.

I then asked what was achieved:

– They reflected on those goals that were nailed. All of them were pretty heady, big goals and great achievements.

I then asked if the ‘failed goals’ had at least some progress made:

– They said that some of the failures had made significant progress, though not fully nailed.

I then asked what percentage of goals were achieved by the 97% of people who don’t write them down:

– The penny dropped and the conversation didn’t go much further.

Turns out people with written goals are very far in front. Even achieving a small percentage of our set goals puts us so far ahead of the mob it’s a joke. And the joke is on them.

When it comes to goals it’s pretty simple. Set, review, rewrite, believe = achieve.



  1. Hi Steve,

    Good post, short and sweet! I’d never really written down goals before last yea. It certainly helped me achieve some pretty decent things last year and hopefully a lot more in 2009.


  2. I have found, fairly similar results. However i think referring back to the goals is just as important as writing them down. I have noticed that writing the goals down does help, but i have done much better at achieving them when i refer back to them.


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