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Goal Setting

Approximately 99.8% of all graduates from Harvard University's Business and Law schools are placed in a job the day they graduate. This compares to a 74-82% swing for UCLA and USC.

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One year, Harvard University conducted a survey of its top 100 graduates. They ascertained that only five of the top one hundred graduates had written down any goals for themselves. They then proceeded to track all these graduates. Nineteen years later they contacted all the graduates and discovered that the five people who had written down their goals upon graduating had a combined income, greater than the other 95 graduates combined.á

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This project by Harvard University profoundly illustrates the need for individuals to write down their goals. After all, we all learn in different ways, but we are all visually oriented, and tend to see things more clearly when we memorialize them on paper.

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Eight Steps to Set and Achieve Your Goals

1. Define what success means to you. Money, Power, Family or a combination thereof.

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2. List what you would like to accomplish in the next five years. List what you don't want.

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3. List your talents. List what you would like to do and what you do well.

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4. Choose goals that are realistic and attainable. Make sure you can obtain the goals.

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5. Track your progress. Write it down daily. Writing can clarify your mind.

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6. Be persistent. "Nothing beats a failure except a try."

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7. Examine yourself. "How can I make my job better? How can I improve my career? What else do I need to do?" ... BE INTROSPECTIVE!!

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8. Review your goals, reassess and adjust to the ever changing work environment. Make choices, not sacrifices. If you feel you are making too many sacrifices maybe you should re-think you goals.

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Goals should be...

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S - Specific

M - Measurable

A - Achievable

R - Results Oriented and Realistic

T - Time Driven

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