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Proven Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
-Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

As Viktor Frankl, the best selling author, concentration camp survivor and renowned neurologist argued, we’re all here to achieve an objective. Everyone has a “raison d’etre,” or reason for existing. What’s yours?

Whether it’s your life calling or something you want to accomplish before lunch, what can you do to increase your likelihood of reaching your goal?

Luckily, there are a number of proven strategies for goal achievement! Here are 3 proven strategies that can increase your likelihood of success by up to 33%.(1)

  1. Write down your goals. How much is goal attainment influenced by writing down your goals? Turns out, quite a bit. A recent study by Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University shows that people who wrote down their goals accomplished their goals significantly more than people who did not. When you write down your goals, make sure you put them in a visible place, where they will serve as a constant reminder.
  2. Tell your friends. By telling someone (or several someones) about your goal, you’re creating a social obligation, of sorts, for yourself. If you make your goal publicly known, not only are you more apt to see it to fruition, you create a support network for yourself!
  3. Send your friends weekly updates on your progress. Matthews’ study also indicated that accountability plays a tremendous role in influencing goal attainment. If you have to send your friends weekly progress reports, you’re much more likely to reach your objectives. It’s the concept of reciprocity. If your friends are willing to spend time reviewing your updates and supporting you, the least you can do is remain steadfast and show improvement!

Although these strategies don’t necessarily guarantee success, they go a long way towards turning goals into reality. What’s next on your to-accomplish list?

(1) http://www.dominican.edu/academics/ahss/undergraduate-programs-1/psych/faculty/fulltime/gailmatthews/researchsummary2.pdf