The following is a guest post from Sarah Welch, Chief Dreamer at Buttoned Up, Inc.

Goal setting can be a confusing little minx, and it’s the easiest part of the chaos triangle (clutter, calendar, big picture) to screw up.


According to Douglas Vermeeren, a best-selling author on goal setting and human performance, approximately 80 percent of people never set goals, although they believe that goal setting is important to attain better results in life.

You might think it couldn’t get any more discouraging.

But it does…

Of the 20 percent of people who do set goals, 70 percentfail to meet the goals they have set.

Why is this?

You can’t make a person achieve something they don’t desperately want.

You can’t.

You can’t, you can’t, you can’t.


To illustrate this, please take a look at this list below of common New Years resolutions in the U.S. and 47 other countries. Most all people who make these have abandoned them by the third week in January:

… Earn more money
… Lose Weight
… Get organized
… Manage time better
… Spend more quality time with family
… Reduce debt
… Help others
… Find soul mate or work on marriage
… Find a better job
… Quit Smoking

Chances are, at some point in your life you were hunting down one of those trophy goals like it was 75% off deal on designer shoes.

So now think of what got in the way of?

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

You can cultivate and nurture the existing seeds of desire – even if they’re tiny – but you cannot grow a tree that has not yet been planted.

So let’s talk about 3 things you can do to organize your priorities so you can finally start checking things off your bucket list.


At Dominican University, the very smart people who have run the most exhaustive studies on goal achievement to date have found…

1.People who sent weekly progress reports to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who had unwritten goals, wrote their goals, formulated action commitments or sent those action commitments to a friend.

2. People who sent their commitments to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who just wrote action commitments or did not write their goals.

3. Those who at least wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.

So where do you start?

Writing your goals down is the tiny seed.

Next, plant it on your calendar and share with a friend.

Then nurture your daily action steps with accountability.


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