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The science of achieving goals

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People set goals all the time, but the ma­jority end up unfulfilled or abandoned. Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of Leadership IQ and author of Hard Goals, talks to us about the secret to getting from where you are to where you want to be.

EL: What’s the biggest mistake people make in setting goals?

Murphy: Thinking that goal setting is as simple as picking a number. People may write down the job they want or the money they want to save, and they believe that just by writing it down, it will magically happen.

EL: What if you’re the leader tasked with helping the company achieve a goal?

Murphy: A litmus test for goals is: Have you given people a reason to care about this goal? There has to be a heartfelt, emotional attachment. It’s not going to be enough to say, “Do it because I told you to do it.” It sounds idiot simple, but the more you care about a cause, the more you’ll ­exert for that cause.

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