Think about your last New Year’s resolutions (or the one before that). Did you keep them? Do you even remember what they were? Your business goals are so similar to New Year’s resolutions, if you don’t think about them everyday how can you make an effort to achieve those goals? According to a study conducted at the Dominican University, it is so simple to begin achieving more.
The study at the Dominican University included 149 subjects, divided into five different groups.
- The first was asked to think about their goals for the next four weeks.
- The second was asked to write down their goals,
- The third, asked to write their goals and develop detailed action commitments.
- The fourth wrote their goals, formed action commitments, and shared these with a supportive friend.
- The fifth group wrote their goals, formed action commitments, and shared them with a friend including weekly progress reports.
In comparison, group 5 achieved significantly more of their goals than the other groups on average. Clearly, there is a correlation between not only writing down your goals, but keeping up with them, sharing them with someone, and monitoring on a regular basis.
It seems so simple, but the data proves that it really works! This idea is very much like a New Year’s resolution; lose those last ten pounds, work on your golf score, volunteer more, but the difference is your business resolution cannot be put to the wayside. And you don’t have to wait until the first of January.
The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a physical list of what you want to get done and to happen in the next three months. Why three months? Think about driving at night on a dark country road. Three months equates to how far the headlamps shine. Focus on following where the headlamps shine, and you’ll get to your destination, even though you can’t see where it is. The first thing you should write on your list of goals is to make a strong plan for you and your business to get things done. What you put on this list should be so detailed that you will have no problem following through with your goals – as long as you share them with somebody to hold you accountable and review your goals frequently, at least once a week!
Be sure to make a complete list of all of your goals for the next three months. Then, review it with someone you can trust to hold you accountable. You both can keep track of how well you do and the progress you make.
Remember: All of the goals may seem overwhelming at once, but if you work just a little everyday you will reach milestones before you even know it.
Only a few very simple steps will change how much you can accomplish. What are you waiting for?!
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