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Setting goals

Feb 18, 2019

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Setting goals (guest blog written by Dr Philip Lloyd-Williams)

A few years ago there was a longitudinal study of people who succeed. It was very revealing as the research took over 20 years. The study showed that individuals that write down their goals, ambitions and hopes are significantly more likely to achieve them. Just telling your friends and family what you want to achieve is not enough.  You must write it down.  Dreaming about a future is not goal setting.
The research then showed another interesting fact. Those who wrote down their goals and then put dates when they will be achieved by, were 30-40% more successful. Who would think that having a goal with a date (be that short or long term) has such an impact on how successful you are in life!  To help you be this successful here are a few tips to get you going:
  • get a sheet of paper and write, in your own hand, your goals
  • group these as goals you want to achieve in 6 months; 12 months and 2 years
  • leave this paper next to your bed and a week after writing them revisit the goals to see if they are still valid and are the timescales realistic and sufficiently ambitious
  • make sure you have a set of goals that focus on your learning, studying, passing exams and becoming qualified
  • the well known SMART test for your goal can help. Are the goals Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Time-Based
  • remember and remind yourself often that “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” — Fitzhugh Dodson.
  • finally, start dreaming, start writing and start planning. The successful life you aspire for depend on it.
Lloyd~Williams & Associates is a management and executive coaching consultancy that works on improving leadership and management for organisations, teams and individuals at work. The approach is to Challenge first, Support through change and focus on Outcomes.  You can visit their website at and connect on LinkedIn with Dr Philip Lloyd-Williams who set up the company and is the lead expert.
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