I don’t remember exactly when I decided that I would not force myself to hammer out a list of things I wanted to change on the eve of each New Year. What I do know is that year after year, I would faithfully make my list and promise myself I’d do better this time. And once again promptly proceed to fail in carrying them out. I know that I’m not alone.
In 2007, Richard Wiseman and his team conducted a Quirkology experiment and discovered that while 52% of participants were confident they would achieve their goals, only 12% actually did! Moreover, the study found that men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in setting specific, measurable goals (lose a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women were 10% more likely to succeed when they voiced their goals publicly and were supported by their circle of friends.
Last year I decided that I really liked Chris Brogan’s approach, which I have now adopted. Chris suggests you choose 3 words to aid you in your goal setting process. He says, “Over the last few years, I’ve practiced something I call “my 3 words,” where I come up with three words that I use as guidance for how I should conduct my efforts in the year to come.” I like that. It seems more real and certainly easier to keep 3 words top of mind each day. I haven’t quite landed on my final word, but I’ll be back in a day or so to report in. In the meantime…how about you? Game to try Chris’ approach? If so, what are the 3 words you will use as your compass throughout 2010?