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Transcript of Goal Setting
Make them "smart."
Specific - your goals
must identify exactly
what you want to
accomplish in as much
specificity as you can muster.
Bad: Write a book.
Good: Write a book proposal for
The Life Plan Manifesto.
as the old adage says,
"you can't manage what
you can't measure."
Bad: "Earn more this year than last."
Good: "Earn $5,000 more this year than last."
every goal should start
with an action verb
Bad: Be more consistent in blogging.
Good: Write two blog posts per week.
A good goal should stretch you,
but you have to add a dose of
Bad: Qualify for the PGA Tour.
Good: Lower my golf handicap by
A goal without a date
is just a dream. Make
sure that every goal ends
with a by when date.
Bad: Lose 20 pounds
Good: Lose 20 pounds by December 31st.
When you write something down,
you are stating your intention
and setting things in motion.
Review them frequently.
They will stay in your
portfolio. You can see
them every week. :)
Share them selectively.
2010 TED Talk by Derek Sivers
makes a compelling case that
telling someone your goals makes
them less likely to happen.
Share them with people committed
to helping you achieve them -
e.g., your advisor.
And, make sure you are credited
on your grey check list. :)