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Is the Road to Hell Really Paved With Good Intentions?


In coaching sessions since the first of the year I have listened to clients express their intentions for change and progress in 2015. I do see a problem that’s wide spread with these good intentions.

It’s easy to state our intentions – a “purpose”, but never translate that purpose into a measurable goal or specific action plan. Proclaiming your purpose makes you feel good but unless you take 2 additional steps you are likely to fail.

Let me illustrate:

If your purpose is to save more money in 2015, even though that’s the right thing to do, having that as a purpose is not enough.

Move that purpose to a measurable goal – “I want to save $2,000 in 2015”. That’s progress but one more step is vital to your success.

Break that goal into specific increments. If you get paid every 2 weeks, then the plan is “I will save $76.92 every pay check.”

Whatever you want to accomplish, don’t dissipate your motivation by being satisfied with proclaiming a purpose. Have a measurable goal. Then develop specific incremental action plans that get you to your goal.

  1. States Purpose
  2. Measurable Goal
  3. Specific Plans

= Success