Goals, habits, attitudes, and energy

This conversation on goal setting has been sitting in Pocket for a while now, and I keep meaning to write about it:

There was a study done at Harvard between 1979 and 1989. Graduates of the MBA program were asked “Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The results of that question were:

1. Only 3% had written goals and plans.
2. 13% had goals but not in writing.
3. 84% had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later Harvard interviewed the members of that class again and found:

1. The 13% who had goals but not in writing were earning on average twice as much as the 84% of those who had no goals at all.
2. The 3% who had clear, written goals were earning on average 10 times as much as the other 97% of graduates all together. The only difference between the groups is the clarity of the goals they had for themselves.

So, goal setting is important to translating sentiment into reality. For a long time, I was concerned with setting goals. But I’ve come to understand there are at least three other super important related disciplines: habits, attitudes, and energy.

Committing to a goal or set of goals is important, but in order to execute on those goals you need good habits. And sustaining good habits requires resiliency in the form of a healthy attitude and ideally self-replenishing energy.

Learn how to cultivate perpetual motion, in other words.