The results from my survey on goal-setting were pretty wild! I figure people who self-selected to do it would be the ones most likely to set goals. A couple things jumped out:
1. Only 25.55% (70 of 274) believe in annual goal setting and do it religiously.
Another 36.86% (101) believe in it and “do it some years.” Almost 33% (90 of 274) “think annual goal setting is probably valuable but seldom do it.”
Less than 5% don’t believe in it.
COME ON YOU GUYS!!! You can do this. Goal setting can be enormously helpful. What could be lost in taking a half hour or a half day and really getting it done?!
2. How to make goals work once you’ve written them. Here were the top responses people gave for creating circumstances that had helped them to be successful with their goals (with the percent saying it was “essential” over “very helpful”)
- Setting it up so that you have to review them periodically: 60%
- Explicitly sharing the goals with someone else: 54%
- Having written pages to return to to check progress: 51%
- Doing it with a trusted other, e.g., coach, spouse or friend: 48%
People think goals are helpful, yet so many don’t do it. And there are ways to get them right! I’ve always found they have a pull of their own. Just articulating them opens your eyes and heart and mind to new ways of
Leading with that best self!