Earlier this month I attended Michael Hyatt’s webinar entitled “The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals”. He was spot on identifying why our behaviors sabotage our intentions (complete list follows) and I found my head nodding an emphatic yes to many of his points! I even signed up for his goal setting course, in a spirit of kaizen*
One mistake stood out. The behavior is so easy, yet when I ask clients to do it, it’s often a struggle. If you want to be 42% more likely to achieve your goals…write them down. Yep, take out a piece of paper, a journal, your digital capture application of choice and WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN.
I love what Michael pointed out, “paper is concrete and it creates change”.
Through the years I’ve had to listen to the goals and plans for those I’ve led. The annual business planning period always brought a few groans from my sales team, but when the process was over inevitably someone would say, “the fact that you made me sit down and write out my goals and plans crystallized what it’s going to take for me to be successful, thanks”.
I’ve found the process of writing down your goals requires that you ask yourself these things :
- Is it clear what I want?
- Am I excited about doing it?
- Do I know what resources I need and who can hold me accountable?
- Am I being too ambitious? Am I being too cautious?
- Do I know what I need to do first?
- Are my time estimates realistic?
Most importantly, what evidence will there be when I’m done? How will I measure success or impact?
Writing your goals down is critical. Start now and give yourself a winning chance!
Michael Hyatt’s 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals
Mistake #1: You focus on only one area of your life.
Mistake #2: You create too many goals: lack of focus.
Mistake #3: You don’t write your goals down.
Mistake #4: You don’t make your goal specific.
Mistake #5: You don’t make your goals measurable.
Mistake #6: You don’t assign a deadline.
Mistake #7: You don’t stretch outside your comfort zone.
Mistake #8: You don’t Make your goals compelling
Mistake #9 You don’t identify the next action.
Mistake #10 You don’t keep your goals visible.
Not sure you’ve bought in on writing your goal’s down? Read here for more reasons from Michael Hyatt.
* Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. Once a Xeroid, always a Xeroid!