Write, Share and Update: More Tips for Effective Goals

Earlier this week I wrote a post about goal-setting (have you made any yet?!).  I wanted to take the time to expand on some ways to enhance the possibility of your goals turning into actions and into success (one effect of grad school is this need to explain via empirical evidence….).

A psychology professor (shoutout to my undergrad degree!), Dr. Gail Matthews, of the Dominican University of California studied goal setting strategies and outcomes.  Her study (of which 149 subjects completed) consisted of 5 groups of people

  • Group 1: Think about the goals they hoped to accomplish within 4 weeks
  • Group 2: Write down the goals they hoped to accomplish within 4 weeks
  • Group 3: Write down the goals and create an action commitment for each goal (again, within 4 weeks)
  • Group 4: Write down the goals, create action commitments and share these with a friend
  • Group 5: Write down the goals, create action commitments, share these with a friend and send a weekly update to said friend.

Any guesses as to which group turned their actions into goals more significantly than the others?  Group one completed 43% of their goals while groups 4 and 5 saw the most success (64 and 76% success).

My 2014 Goals

My 2014 Goals

I knew about writing them down but looks like I’ll have to be updating on progress every now and then, this should be fun!

I’d love to hear your goals for the year – and include that action plan!  What do you want to do in 2014?

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