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So, it’s been a couple of days since you downloaded my 7 Steps from Argh to Ahhh workbook and I just wanted to see how you were getting on….. Finding the motivation, time and discipline to do the exercises is TOUGH!
I get it!!
Research recently conducted by Dr Gail Matthews showed that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals. Her study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools; accountability, commitment and writing down one’s goals.
Participants in Matthews’ study were randomly assigned to one of five groups.
Group 1 was asked to simply think about the business-related goals they hoped to accomplish within a four-week block and to rate each goal according to difficulty, importance, the extent to which they had the skills and resources to accomplish the goal, their commitment and motivation, and whether they had pursued the goal before (and, if so, their prior success).
Groups 2-5 were asked to write their goals and then rate them on the same dimensions as given to Group 1.
Group 3 was also asked to write action commitments for each goal.
Group 4 had to both write goals and action commitments and also share these commitments with a friend.
Group 5 went the furthest by doing all of the above plus sending a weekly progress report to a friend.
Broadly categorized, participants’ goals included completing a project, increasing income, increasing productivity, improving organisation, enhancing performance/achievement, enhancing life balance, reducing work anxiety, and learning a new skill. Specific goals ranged from writing a chapter of a book to listing and selling a house.
Of the original 267 participants, 149 completed the study. These participants were asked to rate their progress and the degree to which they had accomplished their goals. At the end of the study, the individuals in Group 1 only accomplished 43 percent of their stated goals. Those in Group 4 accomplished 64 percent of their stated goals, while those in Group 5 were the most successful, with an average 76 percent of their goals accomplished.
The way I see it, you have a choice… You can do nothing. Let the PDF sit in your downloads folder gathering cyber dust and continue to feel overwhelmed, lost, apathetic and burnt out. You can daydream about what you want, hope it magically appears and feel sorry for yourself, wishing you had a more adventurous life, more connected relationships and more money OR you can take some action.
If you decide that you want MORE then make the choice to work through the exercises. The workbook is laid out in simple steps so that by the end of it you will have a clear picture of what you want, what might be holding you back and what you need to do next to get you closer to your goals, one step at a time. Once you work through it you will be SO much CLEARER and SELF AWARE. You will know what motivates you, and what is holding you back – with this clarity you can make a plan that is EASY to follow and will result in YOU living your very own ADVENTUROUS, CONNECTED, RICH life!!
So, right now get accountable, make a commitment, and write it down – WHEN are you going to do WHAT?
- Share the workbook with a friend and do it together?
- Share what you have learned so far in the comments below.
- Tell me or someone else when specifically you are going to take an action that will lead you one step toward your ultimate goal.