Sunday, August 18, 2013

Goals: The Secret to Making Your Dreams Come True

In 1963, some behavioural scientists performed an experiment with the graduating class of Harward Business School. They asked the students if they had written down goals for themselves. Their goals for life. For the future. On paper.

A mere 3 per cent of the class had actually written down goals. Yes. Just 3 per cent.

Well, twenty-five years later, the scientists again got in touch with the class of '63. To find out how they had done in their careers. And in their lives.

And guess what?

They found that the net worth of the 3 per cent of the class that had written goals was MORE than the net worth of the rest of the batch. Not just that; the 3 per cent written-down-goalwallahs seemed to be happier, doing what they wanted and leading far more fulfilling lives. 

Incredible. But, I believe, it's true. And it could be true for all of us.

What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? What do you want to be, have, do? In life. At work. In relationships. Whatever it be, write it down. Now. Just write it down. Not later, not tomorrow- now!

And commit yourself to action. Commit yourself to doing what it takes to achieve your goals. Take action. Make sure that everything you do is taking you closer to your goals. 

And finally, take a step today. However small it may be, but take the first step today. If you want to lose weight, walk the 45-minute walk- today! If you want to be the best salesperson, make that extra sales call- today!

You'll see the difference. as the Nike guys would say, just do it.

It takes just three steps.

Step one: Write down your goals.

Step two: Make a commitment to action, to doing what it takes.

Step three: Take the first step. Today!

Come on, make a beginning. You owe it to yourself. And you have nothing to lose.


Reproduced without permission, from the book 'The Habit of Winning' by Prakash Iyer, an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus. I purchased this book sometime back from a book-shop on a bus stand. I would seriously recommend you to buy a copy of this book, it's just awesome, and it can be purchased from the link here.


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