This year has been an eye opening year in terms of what I’ve been learning about habits, goal achievement and blogging. And something that I’ve learned that I’ve just had to share with you is about goal achievement.
You see, I started this year, like many of you, with a handful of New Years Resolutions. And perhaps, like many, I’ve found them very difficult to keep. But this is something I’ve had success with this year. And it has meant that I’ve been able to get more things done this year than in my many years previous.
Writing My Goals Down
The simple act of writing down my goals, according to a study by Dr. Gail Matthews of the Dominican University of California, increased my goal achievement by a massive 42%!
Dr. Matthews carried out research on 297 participants which was focused on setting and achieving goals. Her participants were divided into 5 groups. The groups goal setting and achievement ranged from just thinking about your goals on one end, to writing them down along with action steps and sending weekly progress reports to a friend on the other.
What she discovered was that ‘those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals’.
Super Boost Your Goal Achievement
Dr. Matthews also found that the group that had the most success with achieving their goals was the group that had someone to whom they were accountable. This group sent weekly progress reports to a friend. The key in this scenario, is to be accountable to a supportive friend. Nothing will take the wind out of your sails faster than someone who is belittling your progress. Or who thinks your goal isn’t important.
If you want your goal to cross the finish line faster, find a friend who will support your efforts and cheer you on. Someone who will even remind you about your goal and ask about your progress.
Also, try setting reminders for yourself each week to update your friend on your progress. Even on the weeks where you haven’t made any progress at all. By updating your friend every week, without fail, you’ll find that it motivates you to push forward even when the going gets tough!
So there you have it! Increase your goal achievement by 42% just by writing them down.
Friend, you are destined for great things – get them written down!