Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Made to Stick wrote an interesting article about how to make goals “stick”.
They explained the difference between goals and resolutions.
I was reminded of the fact that our goals have much more weight, impact, and resolve when we add a level of accountability to them.
Making a clear goal and personally committing to it is good. But making a clear goal, personally committing to it…and sharing it with others takes it to a whole new level.
The Heaths observed, “At Microsoft, for instance, employees set ambitious goals for themselves each year, called ‘commitments,’ that are created in consultation with their peers and supervisors and later made public. Peer pressure, or even just peer awareness, is a powerful motivating factor.”
I’m writing this post today for a reason. It’s already April. Somehow, more than three months have already passed since the dawn of our new year when millions of people set new, ambitious goals for themselves. By now unfortunately, millions of people have already lost their resolve and those great, daring, worthy goals are being dropped faster than they were conceived.
Are you one of them? Have you already bailed out on New Years Goals?
I’d challenge you to stick it out and establish a new level of resolve by creating more accountability for the great goals you’ve set.
You can do that by telling peers, friends, and family what you’ve decided to accomplish, and what your goals are. It’s interesting how much harder it is to quit a goal that others are excited to see you accomplish.