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The Art of Goal Setting

I read an article about how Jerry Seinfeld kept his goals of becoming a better writer using a clever calendar method. (see link below)

Now there's a great little site that's taken this idea and made an easy interface to help you keep your goals. Here a screen capture of mine. (a work in progress) The secret, in a nutshell, is to not break the momentum and every day you do you something you get to add another yellow dot.

There are different thoughts about whether to share a goal or not.
Derek Sivers suggests to keep your mouth shut. Jason Fox has other ideas. Both videos are worth watching. (links below)

I believe in a mix; sharing some goals is a good idea. It makes you somewhat accountable to another person. Yet keeping quiet about other goals holds the energy in.

Your choice, as long as it's working.
By the way -- The goal of holding my breath for two minutes is something Archy tries to do in The 58th Keeper  Most people can barely hold their breath for one minute, but with daily practice two minutes is easily accomplishable. The whole idea for this goal was borne from a conversation with a friend here in Miami who free-dives and can hold his breath for an astonishing four minutes. That's incredible seeing as he smokes too! When I asked him how he does it he said it's easy; just add on a few seconds more than the previous attempt and do it as many times as you can throughout the day. Going to the toilet? 2 minutes! Boiling the kettle 2 minutes! I'll share this one--right now I can do a pathetic 55 seconds...just! But it's not how you start, right? It's how you finish. Ask me in year...

The only other things I would add, whether you keep goals to yourself or share them,  is that you can start today. New Year's Day or May 19th  take ACTION and make measurable progress.

Jerry Seinfeld
Derek Sivers
Jason Fox

What are your thoughts on goal setting?

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