Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 232

We have been asked repeatedly about the "Harvard Goals Study," reports of which periodically surface in motivational literature.  Unfortunately, we have never been able to find such a study.  It is frequently cited as having transpired at Yale, but  librarians there have not found a trace either.  Consequently, we conclude that it is an urban legend.

A clinical psychologist at Dominican University in California named Gail Matthews has conducted research on goals, although as far as we know, her results have not been published.  You can read a summary of her study here.

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