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The More Goals You Set The Less You Achieve

I recently had the chance to participate in an event where one of the other speakers was Jim Huling, co-author of the #1 best selling book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals. (It’s a great read. I highly recommend it.)

4 Disciplines of Execution book cover

In his presentation, he said, “The more goals you set the less you achieve.” He showed results from the study his organization conducted that challenged me.

  • If an organization set 2-3 goals, they typically achieved 2-3.
  • If an organization set 4-10 goals, they typically achieved 1-2.
  • If an organization set 11-20 goals, they typically achieved 0.

The fewer goals you focus on, the greater the chance you will actually accomplish them. Tweet This

This is especially important to me as I sort through all the ideas generated from my life planning retreat. I’m a dreamer. So I came home with 11 different areas, each with a goal and key actions to get there.

Jim’s challenge is a serious warning to me. What’s most important? Sure, they’re all important. But what’s most important?

I honestly don’t know yet. That’s the last and maybe most critical phase of this process.

Do you know what’s most important for you next year? Have you been able to narrow your focus to 2-3 goals at most? If not, then I’d invite you to think deeply and pray hard. It’s what I’m going to be doing for the next several days.

Because the fewer goals I set, the better my life will be.

Scott WozniakThe More Goals You Set The Less You Achieve
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