INSIDE: The number one way to boost your goal achievement so that you can conquer your big hairy goals.
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 people, with a handful of New Years Resolutions. And perhaps, like many, I’ve found them very difficult to keep. Because, come February, I’d have as much drive and motivation as this kid here:
But this year has been a different story for me. And I’ve been able to get more things done this year than in my many years previous because of this one thing…
Writing My Goals Down
‘What?? I already knew that!’ you say. But hear me out on this, because I thought I knew this too.
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’.
But you can’t just write your goals down somewhere and forget about them. You need to actively and intentionally review them regularly! I know I definitely wasn’t doing that!!
In the groups studied, those who sent out progress reports every week achieved more than all the others. Their simple act of reviewing their goals and seeing how far they had gone each week was a key factor in keeping their goals front and centre. Which meant that they were more motivated to achieve their goals.
And there’s more!
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!