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Goal Setting and Increasing Performance

by lyn christian on November 22, 2009

let me explainWhen we want to increase performance, one of our best friends is to set a goal based on the increase we want to achieve. Having an accountability partner is also critical to helping you accomplish your goal.

One of my favorite set of statistics that talks to the probability of increasing your performance and meeting goals comes from the American Society for Training and Development, the ASTD.

Did you know that the probability of completing a goal increases by:

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

Neil and I are not crazy when we suggest you hire a coach or have an accountability partner while working toward goals and finishing projects.

Who can you trust?  Who  will be there for you when you need an accountability partner? How can you ask for their assistance?  When will you enlist their help?




 About the Author:  Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt, Inc., a coaching and coach training company.  She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them.  Get more information by visiting or contact Lyn directly through

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