The snappily titled ‘How To Get Your New Year’s Resolutions Done In 2013’ blog
[1 minute self-development]
Welcome to my second New Year's Resolutions 2013 blog. The part I've given a rather snappy title.
Last year, me and my wedding photographer friend Matt (check out his website) sat down on January the 1st and wrote out our goals. They were ambitious. Definitely possible, but they seemed a long way off.
We then shared.
Dr. Gail Matthews, a researcher in California, investigated goal-setting and sharing. Her study suggests if you share your goals with a friend and then send them weekly updates, you are 33 per cent more likely to achieve them.
Dr. Robert Cialdini (persuasion guru, worth googling) agrees that commitments are even more effective when they are public.
You may have heard me mention this public commitment before. That's because it works.
Make a public commitment
Matt and I committed to sending each other a weekly update on how we were getting on. It spurred us on, and made us work harder. If I didn't do anything on a particular week, Matt would know.
Both of us achieved our goals very satisfyingly in the last few weeks. And we're going to start again now with new ones.
Motivation is all about taking action. And I think when you've committed publicly to a friend or family member that you're going to do something, you're more likely to take that action, because they'll know if you don't!
Do as Dr. Gail Matthews and Dr. Robert Cialdini say in 2013. And make it public.
pps - small plug... if you want to investigate these ideas further with a private performance coach in 2013 then click here. But remember I only take 10 private clients a year, and normally am booked up by week 2 in Jan. Thanks.