Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sticking to your goals....

While I do consider myself to be a goal-oriented person, I admit to periodic laziness and the inability to follow-through on my personal goals. Especially as a new mom, it is hard to find the time for my own projects and plans. The following article spoke to me, so I wanted to share. Taken from the website of Career Coach, Steve Piazzale.

Making a Plan and Sticking to it!

One of the biggest challenges we all face is making a plan and sticking to it. I came across a fascinating study conducted at Brigham Young University that shows the specific steps to take to greatly increase the likely hood that you'll follow through on your plans.

The study results were as follows:

o Says, "That's a good idea." - 10%
o Commits, "I'll do it." - 25%
o Says when they'll do it. - 40%
o Plans how to do it. - 50%
o Commits to someone else. - 60%
o Sets a specific future time to share progress with person they committed to. - 95%

This is amazing isn't it?

If you just think to yourself "hmm, that's a good idea" there's only a 10% chance you'll follow through, but if you add in the personal commitment to do it and then add in when and how you'll do it, you have jumped 5 fold up to a 50% likelihood of taking action. Add in a commitment to someone else and setting a specific time to share your progress and you're up to 95%. Wow!

So, act now, get out a piece of paper or open a file and make a list of folks you'll commit your action to, what their contact information is, and when you plan to speak with them.

For the individual, the steps are:

1) Think of some action you are committed to taking.
2) Write down what you intend to do.
3) Tell a co-worker, family member or friend what you plan to do and say they can share it with others.
4) As time goes on, observe what happens when you hear someone else talk about your intentions and plans.

Each step generates more and more commitment.

Great stuff!

Until next time, take care.

Steve Piazzale, Ph.D.
Get the work you want and deserve!

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