Don’t Wait, Get Right To It: Five Tips for Setting Bold Life Goals

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When it comes to making Bold Goals and accomplishing them, there’s a lot of advice floating around–some of it good, some of it not so good. Maybe you’ve heard the term “just do it”? Maybe you read somewhere that you need a plan? Maybe a wise old man sitting on a mountaintop told you to tell no one of your intentions?

Well, to maximize your potential for success, some of that aforementioned advice should be ignored, while some of it should be heeded (and expanded upon). So here are five tips for setting Bold Goals.

  1. Don’t just do it. The popular advice when applied to reaching goals is very wrong.The truth is, no matter how gung ho you are about accomplishing your goals, science shows that simply leaping into action does not work. John Norcross, the highly-regarded author of “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions,” determined clear scientific means to achieve goals. In an examination of people attempting to accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions, he found that those who took part in additional steps of the process beyond “just doing it” were ten times more successful than those who went the “just do it” route. Those who leapt into action without a plan had a success rate of 4%, whereas those who didn’t just do it had a 44% success rate.
  2. Make sure your goals are inspiring. When goals are inspiring, motivation is strong, and it can drive a person to do whatever needs to be done to get to the finish line. On the other hand, when the goals come from a place where inspiration is low or nonexistent, success will be stifled. The failure rate goes up dramatically. Inspiration is key! Inspiration is what gets us out of the bed in the morning eager to take on the day. It’s what fuels us, motivates us, and makes us want to set goals in the first place. The bottom line: know your “why” – why you want to accomplish your Bold Goal.
  3. Create a Bold plan. A proper action plan and a clear inspiring goal are a recipe for success, especially when that plan has well-plotted out steps, plus a Commitment Team and an Accountability Appointment. What are those things? Glad you asked…
  4. Build a Commitment Team. Ask one or more people if they would support you in achieving your goal, and share a committed goal with them. The world’s largest professional membership organization, the Association for Talent Development (ATD), did an accountability study in 2017. The study showed that people increase their chances of succeeding with goals by 65% if they make a commitment to someone.
  5. Schedule An Accountability Appointment. Make an accountability appointment with someone on your Commitment Team, which means meeting up with them at a later date and apprising them of your progress. The chances of success increase by 95% if a person makes a specific accountability appointment!

Follow these five steps and your chances of accomplishing your Bold Goals improves dramatically. For more tips and insight, check out and the Notes From Ed!


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