How Important is Writing Down Your Goals?

You know, it’s kinda funny how writing things down and checking them off when you finish mentally makes you feel pushed to do them versus just saying you’re going to.  I found that out when I spent all of last year telling myself that no matter what I’d set goals and work toward them each month and talk about how far along I was in that goal.

Well, a few days ago a graphic artist , Allison Morris (sorry you never gave me a link to your website), sent me an email and asked me if I’d be interested in sharing an infographic she created for another website.  I found the infographic had facts worth sharing and was well done, so without further ado, here is the infographic (and why you SHOULD write down your goals).

Setting Goals Infographic
You can see the original article and infographic here.

Write down those goals and make 10x more money than your friends who don’t write them down. So my dear readers, are there any other tips you have to make and keep those goals?

Edit: the 10x more money about the Harvard Business School Study is a myth.

3 thoughts on “How Important is Writing Down Your Goals?

  1. I have to believe people writing down their goals and making 10x more is correlation not causation. There is NO way just writing down your goal is the difference between making 50K a year (US median household income) and 500K (10x that) a year.

  2. Yeah, I’m pretty sure there was some cherry picking involved. Besides, it only takes one or two people hitting hit really big to totally throw off the analysis.

  3. I dug a little deeper and found out that that statistic came from the Jeff Bullas website who said that the claim came from the book “What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School.” Which, is all well and good, until you notice that the book was published in 1986 and his website says the study started in 1979 and ended in 1989 with a reinterview of all the original participants. So something is fishy either in Amazon.com’s links / editions or his website. Which led me to another website, which debunks the study: http://sidsavara.com/personal-productivity/fact-or-fiction-the-truth-about-the-harvard-written-goal-study

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