We've all heard it - you are more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down and more likely still if you tell someone else. It seems easy, right? So why do we hesitate to write down and share our goals? I can think of two popular ones right off the bat.
If we say it out loud it won't come true. We've all heard this one in some form or another, usually when someone is expecting a new job offer or baby. That little voice in our head says don't count your chickens until they're hatched. Understood. However, there is a difference between telling someone your goal is to get a new job in the next three months and telling someone that you expect to be working for X company by the end of the month. I know setting SMART goals asks us to be specific, but in this respect a little vagueness is understood.
If we don't achieve the goal we will be a failure in our own eyes and those of the people we told. Rubbish. I have a good friend at work who is always telling people her wildest goals. Yes, some people roll their eyes. And those are the same people who are picking their chins up off the floor when she achieves them. What could be more satisfying. Instead of holding back, tell your biggest critic and then watch their amazement as you succeed.
So, my challenge to you this week is tell someone (post it in a comment here, too!) of a goal you have for this week. Come back and brag when you've achieved it!
Just to be fair, my goal for this week is to get 275 page views on my blog by this time next Sunday. You professional bloggers out there might think that isn't much, but it is a big stretch for me. I'll keep you updated...