How many people actually set goals

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Hi guys,

I'm new to the site but not new to personal development.

After a few years though I am new to actually setting goals - I heard a statistic that only about 3% of people set goals. Since starting to work on my goals so much has crystalised for me. Ideas I had floating about for where I wanted to go in life have now formed into something much more concrete and more importantly which is actionable.

It is actually an amazingly fun process and one which will always be ongoing in my life now.

One thing that I have noticed is that since putting my goals down on paper, I have been far more effective in the rest of my life as well and am getting more accomplished as a result.

As our niche is in the forefront of living purposefully I wanted to know what others were doing with goals - do you write down? do you utilise visualisation? What techniques do you find most helpful? are you yet to start on this aspect?

I'd also be very interested in knowing if others find this a difficult thing to do and why?
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  • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
    I write them down.

    I see myself having achieved them and feel what that feels like.

    They are right in front of me so I read them once per day.

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    • Profile picture of the author StevePTanner
      Three great aspects right there - writing down turns it from a goal into a plan, acceptance of the ability to achieve and gratitude, as well as staying with them everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author iSuccessful
    I do the same things. It's very effective and fun!

    The best way I have found was to write 3 small important goals a day down in my daily planner and only move on to the next goal if I complete the first goal. I play motivational videos on auto play in the background to help me when I feel like overwhelmed or stressed out (they really help).

    I use my imagination to see myself already completing the goal in my head then I take the goal head on. It becomes very easy to do once you start setting and completing goals each day.

    The hardest part is getting started on the goal because you can easily distract yourself from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy The Kid
    As well as writing them down, I also write down what I intend to give in return
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  • Profile picture of the author avasummerdiaz
    I don't write my goals anymore. I used to write it before but it didn't happen. That's why I stopped doing it. I'm just going with the flow now and want myself to be surprised and not to be disappointed. I'm just sparing myself from frustrations.
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  • Profile picture of the author TechNik
    Every day I write and review, daily, weekly, monthly, and long-term goals. Longer goals are divided into smaller parts that get allocated to daily tasks. Really helps to stay focused on what is important!
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    • Profile picture of the author BarnerdMendy
      Originally Posted by TechNik View Post

      Every day I write and review, daily, weekly, monthly, and long-term goals. Longer goals are divided into smaller parts that get allocated to daily tasks. Really helps to stay focused on what is important!
      I also do the same like you. This helps to make goal to reach successfully.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nassime
    Hey StevePTanner, thanks for your thread ;-)

    Since my teenager I am always gotten the reflex to write my goal and to define in detail my actions: the good thing it's become a habit for me today.
    That I have learned with the personal development and with a time, I take on that's not worked for me in my advantage and the result in the long term is really awesome.

    Knowing is not enough we must apply, willing is not enough we must do
    (Bruce Lee)
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  • Profile picture of the author mantishugo
    I don't set goals, You can say that a person cannot go without goals but I have lived my life without setting one. I want to know how it feels like achieving goals. May be someday I will do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author StevePTanner
      Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post

      I don't set goals, You can say that a person cannot go without goals but I have lived my life without setting one. I want to know how it feels like achieving goals. May be someday I will do it.
      Hi Mantishugo, thank you so much for your reply. When I say that a person cannot go without goals it is the process that I mean, everyday we accomplish 'stuff' big and small. We go through the same process of thinking we can do something, knowing we can then do it, visualising doing it (or having it done), working out the steps needed and then focusing on the next step involved - it is a process that we use by accident and so don't realise the power that we have to use it on purpose.

      I know that someday you will do it on purpose, if you set your intention to do it and then become detached from the 'need' to do it.

      Much joy on your journey
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  • Profile picture of the author Reimaru
    Since this is a personal development forum, most people here might have set goals already (I have mine beside my computer monitor so they're easy to find). In any case, you should still set goals so you'd have a concrete direction in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author lhlouiscom
    Goal Settings is definitely so important, without goals is like we're getting lost on a road.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Originally Posted by avasummerdiaz View Post

    I don't write my goals anymore. I used to write it before but it didn't happen. That's why I stopped doing it. I'm just going with the flow now and want myself to be surprised and not to be disappointed. I'm just sparing myself from frustrations.
    Try this, go back and get your goals and make sure you really want them but this time make one single powerful change...remove the dates. Replace all dates on non-essential (fantasy) goals with A.S.A.P.!

    This works on a few levels but mostly works with your go-with-the-flow attitude (which I also subscribe to). What you'll find is that the disappointment of not reaching your goals by a certain (I'd argue pointless and meaningless) date disappears instantly and by being free to go with the flow you'll find that when you're in the zone you'll be far more productive for longer.

    It doesn't work with "must pay rent by Thursday" but works wonders for "must make $100,000 by Christmas". Just work out exactly why you need exactly $100,00, emotionalise it and and go and make it as soon as possible. You'll be surprised how quickly things start to happen once you do.

    Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post

    I don't set goals, You can say that a person cannot go without goals but I have lived my life without setting one. I want to know how it feels like achieving goals. May be someday I will do it.
    We all set goals all the time but I think it's the big "wealth/rich/freedom/income" style of goals that are being discussed here. I'd bet you're already using some form of informal ASAP type of system. You still want things - right? You still do things to get the things you want? Then you set goals like the rest of us...but you've harnessed the power ASAP (or not at all) and go with the flow. That's awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevePTanner
    I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has interacted so far on this post - there are some truly amazing answers here. One of my designs (my word for goals) is to teach people how to use the awesome power that they have to create their lives on purpose. All of your feedback is really helpful and productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Duncan93
    for me I usually write down my goals and visualize them everyday to remind my self what I want to achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunchineklein
    I believe there are still a lot of people who set and write their goals. I am one of those. I believe it's a lot more possible to achieve your goals when you write it on paper.
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  • Profile picture of the author UndefeatedMind
    You need to do 2 things! 1. set a vision and write down the small goals you must hit to reach that vision! 2. Every 90days sit down and look back - NOT TO FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE - but to focus on what you have learned, what has worked and not worked, and how much closer to the vision are you? I have started doing both of those things over the last 3 years and I am amazed at how I keep picking up steam on my pace and how fast things are going! Starts with your mindset and willingness to change and adapt though of course!
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  • Profile picture of the author DiegoRMS
    True! I have short term goals and long term goals.

    Short term goals: Goals for the next 1-3 years where I want to be by then
    Long term goals: Goals for the next 10 years where I want to by then

    I also think it's super important to have vision as well, you can make a visionboard with pictures that perfectly describe in a picture exactly what you want or where you want to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
    Thanks for your post.

    I find that fascinating and a little eye opening that only 3% of people set goals.

    I think goal setting is an important tool to stay focused and motivated.

    I do not write my goals down specifically however I set goals through discussions with my colleagues if they are business goals or family members if they are personal goals. I also use programs to set tasks and have added in small business goals there lately which has been an interesting process, and allowed me to set some small goals for my business.

    When you stop and take the time to outline goals it does provide some focus in a chaotic work life and offers the opportunity to balance your lifestyle.

    Thanks for a thought provoking post and good luck with your goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gifted Jay
    I wont come here to deceive myself o me and others. to me, i barely put them down but that does not mean i have nothing to accomplish THOUGH HAVING MY GOALS PIN DOWN WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP ME. I will be doing that from now. Big thinks to the poster
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  • Profile picture of the author lakybel
    I'm really happy to read&see folks talk about this topic.
    Actually, we have three management to achieve goals.
    first is management Operationel which we have to do everyday(for small goals) which can fix problem in the same day.
    second is management Tactic for meduim goals( which took more time to achive goals ex: formation; website....)
    third is Management strategy( which is for big goals ) like realise big goal(billion USD,...).
    ( this formation I learnt from an Entreprise)
    Hope that was very helpful.
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