A simple road to success

Have you ever heard of something, and thought it was a good idea?

Great! The good news is that you’re already on your way to achieving it. The bad news is that 9 out of 10 times simply agreeing that it’s a good idea is not enough.

Ok, so why not make the clear decision that you are going to aim for this goal? Much better – but still, you’ll fail three times out of four.

Do you want to know what can bring you success a full 19 times out of 20?

Just increase your commitment by including another person and a review…

Research from The American Society of Training and Development shows that certain conditions improve the chances of completing a goal, and you can see them progress as you work through the following list

10% if you hear an idea.
25% if you consciously decide to adopt it.
40% if you decide when you will do it.
50% if you plan how you will do it.
65% if you commit to someone else you will do it.
95% if you have a specific accountability appointment with the person to whom you committed.

Although ASTD research suggests you will make it 2 out of 3 times if you make a promise to someone, you need to just go that one tiny step further and make an appointment expressly to review your promise and your achievement becomes almost inevitable.

Thanks to Kent Blumberg and Dave Opton for bringing to light this very illuminatingĀ  guidance on how to turn intent into outcome.

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