Simple Wisdom Tip #71: Enhance your goal achievement

I just returned from a delightful trip to London and it was made richer by a wonderful book I’m reading entitled "Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals"  by Heidi Grant Halvorson.  In it, among many helpful insights, is the idea – documented in study after study – that the odds of you achieving one of your goals increases substantially by not just committing to accomplish the goal but by also committing to when you’ll take the steps to accomplish it.   For example, to take something simple, if one commits to calling her mother weekly, the odds of her doing so are not great.  But…if she commits to calling her mother weekly and doing so after Sunday dinner, the odds jump way up.  It becomes part of her routine each week and after dinner, she thinks, “it’s time to call mom.”

This can be applied to any kind of goal.  Another example: a person commits to spending four hours a week studying Italian.  If he then commits to studying Italian on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m., the likelihood of his achieving that grows significantly.  Give it a try and see what you think.

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