A Scary Option?
The analysis, led by Dr. Benjamin Harkin, and published in Psychological Bulletin, found that monitoring and recording your progress was the most effective tool when it came to achieving goals like losing weight, quitting smoking, or changing diet. That may not seem terribly surprising, but in the 138 studies Harkin and his research team analyzed, they found that recording progress publicly was the most effective method of all.
Where To Start?
- Where should I post my progress?
- Won't people make negative comments?
- What if I fail to reach my goal?
People may leave negative comments. However, how much do you really wish to achieve your goal?
You may be afraid of failing to follow through with your plans. Though, this fear will push you all the more to stay on track.
In my book on this topic, I explore the Seinfeld method of not breaking the chain. This involves keeping a calendar and putting an X on each day that you make progress towards your goal. After several days in a row, you will see a chain emerge. This chain can be screen captured and posted to your social media sites. Having others see your chain is a great way to implement the findings of the research with your personal goals.
I have written in depth on tracking your progress towards reaching your goals.
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