The last damn thing you'll ever need to read about setting and achieving goals:
Eric Barker stashed this in Goals!
Definitely telling people about your goals is a good one- makes you accountable ! ... whether it be weight loss or business success- just putting it out there seems to flick a switch in your head :)
Louise, everything is about inclusion: http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/everything-is-about-inclusion
If you include a goal in your head, you're more likely to attract that goal to you.
We may need more research on this particular one (telling people), as the lost motivation may undercut the accountability.
for the contradiction.
Who, how, when we tell people a goal may matter--anyone want to setup a test-able scenario? :)
I'm wondering how we'd even test that, Dan.
I'm of the belief that if you affirm a goal to yourself, the visualization of it is inclusion in your brain, and that's what attracts it to you.
I think telling others isn't necessary for inclusion of goals to work well.
I emailed with Derek about that a while back. I think there's a difference here that we're all familiar with.
If you're just running around bragging about your new diet and the amazing effects it will inevitably have then you're in this territory:
If you actually *involve* your friends and leverage them for accountability then you get effects like these:
Can seem subtle but I think we can all tell the difference between someone who is "taking an advance" against self-esteem from future accomplishments vs enlisting support to really change their ways.
This is one of my favorite roll-ups from you ever, Eric.
I'm going to re-read this again and again.
My top 3 are where you started:
Setting goals can improve your life. http://www.bakadesuyo.com/is-setting-goals-as-important-for-young-peopl
Goal setting is one of the four techniques the military used to increase Navy SEAL passing rates from 25% to 33%.http://www.bakadesuyo.com/what-four-psychological-techniques-did-the-go
Studies have also shown it makes you happier. http://www.bakadesuyo.com/can-setting-goals-make-you-happier
I also love the Steve Jobs commencement address, as you know:
Steve Jobs said: "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life."