Checking in on goals may up your chances of success

Trying to reach a goal? The more you monitor how you’re doing, the more likely you may succeed. You may be able to increase your chances of success if you report your progress publicly or physically record it.

  • Sharing your goal with others: Select a few close, supportive friends or family members and share your goal with them. Ask them to check in with you from time to time on how you’re doing with your goal. To make your goal more public, you might consider posting a note on social media, which could prompt others to come forward and share their goals or join in on yours.
  • Writing it down: Come up with an action plan. Put down all the steps you’ll need to take to reach your goal. Then, check off the steps as you reach them. Meeting the mini-goals along the way may just provide you the motivation and momentum to push through to your ultimate goal.

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Source: American Psychological Association press release, “Frequently Monitoring Progress Toward Goals Increases Chance of Success,” Oct. 28, 2015


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