The Power of Goal Setting

Study about goals at Harvard MBA program, 1979.
From the book What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack:
One study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program asked the question, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?

3 percent of the graduates had written goals and plans;

13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing;

84 percent had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings were 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.

I say that we forget about resolutions and move on to clear, written goals for 2010!