“Why Your Goals Fail”

Did you know that as the New Year dawns, and resolutions are set with enthusiasm, a staggering 80% may falter by mid-February?

The statistics paint a vivid picture of the challenges many encounter in the pursuit of their yearly goals.

Enter Warren Buffett, the epitome of self-made success. His personal wealth, amassed entirely within his lifetime and surpassing even prestigious institutions like Harvard University, attests to a level of achievement few attain. What sets Buffett apart is not just his financial prowess but also his strategic approach to goal-setting.

Buffett shares a three-step process for creating high-impact goals, a methodology that aligns seamlessly with the pitfalls many face in their New Year’s resolutions.

1. Generate 25 Career Goals: Start by brainstorming and writing down 25 career goals. Let your imagination flow and jot down anything that comes to mind.

2. Prioritize Your Top 5: Conduct some soul-searching and identify the 5 goals that stand out as the highest priority. These are the ones that truly matter to you.

3. Discern Your Focus: Now, take a closer look at the remaining 20 goals. These are the ones you should avoid at all costs. Why? Because they have the potential to distract you, consume valuable time and energy, and divert your attention from your top 5 priorities.

Additional Step: Align with Your Life Purpose

Pose a crucial question to yourself
“To what extent do my Top 5 goals serve my life purpose?”

Aligning your goals with your life purpose ensures a focused and passionate pursuit, creating a seamless connection in your goal hierarchy.

By following these steps, you not only streamline your focus but also ensure that your energy is directed towards goals that align with your life’s greater purpose.

All things considered, I came up with A Leader’s Blueprint: 7 Steps to Crafting High-Impact Goals for 2024.

Here’s to achieving goals that are in alignment with your life’s purpose!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.