Is there evidence that proves that it is important to set goals? What are the benefits of setting goals, and what are the most effective methods? Here are answers to these questions based on research.
- Task complexity.
Studies by Locke conclude that 90% of the time, specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than did easy or no goals.
- Time Bound
Is there evidence that proves written goals are most effective?
A Study Validating the Effectiveness of Written Goals
There are many references to a supposed study at Harvard/Yale that showed those who wrote down goals were 10% more successful, but it has been debunked. However an actual study has been done with results received from 149 participants at Dominican University. The results of the study show that the positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not. The study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goals. (Source: Summary of Recent Goals Research (PDF), by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University, see also here)
In fact, Michael Hyatt says in The Science of Goal Setting that just by writing down your goals you are 42 percent more likely to achieve them.
In the book 18 Minutes, Peter Bregman describes studies from the book “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz which reveal that deciding when and where we will do something makes it 80-100% more likely to be done.
Is there evidence that proves that goals that are measured are more likely to be achieved?
|The Science of Goals|
||Goal Theory: principles to improve chances of success in achieving goals from studies by Locke & Latham.-Mind Tools, and WikiSpaces
Track data on progress for feedback-Keeping a food diary doubles weight loss.-Science Daily
(For feedback on establishing habits: Jerry Seinfeld’s Don’t Break the Chain Strategy.)
|S.M.A.R.T.||Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound|
More about establishing habits:
Use Incentives: Positive (reward) and Negative (punishment) from Behavioral Economics-pbs.org
|See also||Download the Science of Goals at Slideshare|
Goals provide a clear direction and keep us focused on the results we want. Learn more with the free short course How to Set Goals, and my eBook, “Get Goaling” is a clear step-by-step guide to setting & achieving goals.
Watch the video The Science of Goals from The Science of People.
Read More ….about the benefits of setting goals: NASC (pdf), Goal Setting For Success, and The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Goals from Productive Magazine. The Science of Goals infographic from Happify. The science of positive psychology meets the science of goal accomplishment in the book Creating Your Best Life: the Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Miller and Dr. Michael B Frisch. This research-based book shows how goals contribute to a meaningful life.