Don’t just think it – Ink It!

Hi Team,

I posted some of this information on my personal and business facebook page, but I judge it is worth reposting here. I picked up a copy of a book called “Where will you be five years from today?”

Here is excerpt from page on goals.

A goal is a dream set to paper. Don’t just think it – ink it!

  • 80% of Americans say they don’t have goals.
  • 16% do have goals, but they don’t write them down.
  • Less than 4% write down their goals, and
  • fewer than 1% actually review them on an ongoing basis.
Here is a tip sheet to download – Goal Setting and Achieving

New Research Study Supports Written Goals and Accountability.

Also found some interesting tips on goal setting and a recent study done at Dominican University that showed that people with written goals do achieve higher success than those that don’t write their goals down. When an accountability element was added they achieved at an even higher rate.

Participants were randomly assigned to one of 5 conditions (groups):
Group 1- Unwritten Goal;
Group 2- Written Goal;
Group 3- Written Goal & Action Commitments;
Group 4- Written Goal, Action Commitments to a Friend;
Group 5- Written Goal, Action Commitments & Progress Reports to a Friend.


1. The positive effect of accountability was supported: those who sent weekly

progress reports to their friend accomplished significantly more than those who

had unwritten goals, wrote their goals, formulated action commitments or sent

those action commitments to a friend.

2. There was support for the role of public commitment: those who sent their

commitments to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who wrote

action commitments or did not write their goals.

3. The positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals

accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.

With the proliferation of business and personal coaching and the often anecdotal

reports of coaching success it is important that this growing profession be

founded on sound scientific research.

· This study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three

coaching tools: accountability, commitment and writing down one’s



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