“Research recently conducted by [Dr. Gail] Matthews shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.”
Goal setting is one of the things I am the most passionate about in life. It started when I was just a young girl. My father would hold a monthly one on one meeting with each child and in that meeting he would ask us to tell him our goals for that month. He would then write them down on a card and hang onto that list until the next month’s meeting where he would pull out the card and ask us if we had accomplished our goal. That exercise he did with us really taught me the habit of goal setting, writing it down, and sharing it with someone – in this case, my father – so that I had someone to be accountable to.
As an adult I started making goal posters. The goal poster was my visual reminder of what I wanted to accomplish with my life. The magic of those goal posters is something you would have to read about to believe (click here to read my Forbes article on magic of my goal poster). But the end result is that they are magic and have taken my life to places I never anticipated.
Today I started on a new goal. And given that sharing it with all of you will up my chances of success by 33% I figured what the heck – so here goes:
My entire life I have been an unhealthy eater. I eat things that are horrible for me (my favorite being a McDonald’s Happy Meal…and all kinds of sugary candy….LOVE THOSE!). I am addicted to Diet Coke and Crystal Light energy drinks. I go through bouts of overeating junk food to the opposite end of the spectrum where I crash diet. I desperately want to get healthy and lose at least ten pounds before my son comes home from his mission and before the summer begins. That is my goal. But this time I want to do it the right way. I want to do it in a way that is healthy and good for my body rather than starving myself or doing some crazy fad diet. And so I set a goal for myself to get healthy and lose a few pounds before summer hits and today was day one! I decided it was time for me to really invest in my own health and to hire a professional nutritionist to help me achieve my goal because I feel like I don’t have enough knowledge of good nutrition to do it on my own, so I am admitting my weakness and bringing someone on board that can help me be better. She is preparing my healthy meals for me and teaching me how to eat right and in a healthy way. I am so excited to be doing this. As hard as I know it will be to completely change my eating habits, and as much as I am afraid of having to give up my emotional addiction to my diet coke and candy, I desperately want to be healthy and to feel and look good. As I am getting older I want to be smart and treat my body with the respect my body deserves. I can’t take my health for granted anymore. I have to invest in my good health.
So there it is – now all of you know about my goal and I am now accountable to all of you to achieve it. PRESSSURE! But it is good pressure because it will really force me to live up to it so I don’t let any of you down. And now I would challenge every one of you to pick and goal and go share it with other people today – hold yourself to it – it’s exciting!! It’s a new adventure!! Try it!!