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The Best Way to Reach Your Goals May Be Publicly Recording Your Progress


Our findings are of relevance to those interested in changing their behavior and achieving their goals, as well as to those who want to help them, like weight loss programs, money advice agencies or sport coaches. Prompting people to monitor their progress can help them to achieve their goals, but some methods of monitoring are better than others. Specifically, we would recommend that people be encouraged to record, report or make public what they find out as they assess their progress.

Per their example, if you were trying to lose weight, you could weigh yourself in front of others or announce your progress on social media (maybe even with pictures). Harkin and his team also noted that it’s vital you focus on the specific end result you’re after. Using the same example, if you’re trying to lose weight, just focus on monitoring and recording your weight. Other things like changing your diet are good for your overall goal, but if you focus on that you’ll only succeed in changing your diet and not necessarily at losing weight. All in all, public accountability and support are much more powerful than you may have thought.

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