Serious about Your New Year’s Resolutions? Stack the Deck In Your Favor!

So I’m not one for setting resolutions just because a new year has started. I thought this strategy of reaching goals makes sense.

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Write Down Your GoalsWe are five days into the New Year and some people are probably already concerned about their ability to successfully reach the goals they set for themselves.

Some research conducted by Gail Matthews, a professor of Psychology at Dominican University in California can help those of us who might be concerned (and could use a little boost) to set the odds in our favor.

Dr. Matthews found that people who do three things when they set goals can increase their chances of goal success from 43% to 76%.  Here’s what she found out in conducting a research project with 149 adults from various businesses, organizations, and business networking groups on completing a project, increasing income, increasing productivity, getting organized, enhancing performance/achievement, enhancing life balance, reducing work anxiety or learning a new skill.

  • Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals. (+18 percentage points)

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