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How Much Do You Care?

There are many reasons we set a goal, including:

How Often Do You Finish?

New Year’s Resolutions are the poster children for goals we rarely or never achieve. That’s why, no matter how uplifting they may seem, we get so little benefit from resolutions to lose weight, spend more time with certain people, or learn French.

How Many People Know Your Goals?

Often, we like to tell coworkers, friends, and family about the goals we really care about and expect to achieve. Sure, you broadcast your New Year’s Resolutions far and wide, but they don’t count: nobody gives those goals any credence.

How Closely Do You Monitor Progress Toward Your Goals?

Again, New Year’s Resolutions are examples of goals you “set and forget.” These tend to be goals you don’t care about. In fact, you probably can’t remember most of the NYRs you have set in your lifetime, or even last January.

How Much Growth Do Your Goals Produce?

If your goals tend to center around skills, knowledge, and abilities you already possess, they likely bring you less benefit than more challenging goals that demand a measure of growth.

What Rewards Do Your Goals Bring You?

While we’re on the subject of goals that exercise your skills, knowledge, and abilities, consider the rewards goals of this type tend to bring you.



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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz


Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”