How to Achieve Your Goals: 3 Science-Backed Strategies That Work

If you are someone who is going to start working for your goals all you need to do is cling to her words, Marie Forleo. She has made a sweet and sensible three strategies that are commonly known and rarely used. Follow her to follow your track of success.

Though “write it down” seems to be old and outdated I personally believe they are the really something to be taken into consideration. Her research examples also prove that writing helps improving to achieve our goal and by writing she means writing it down everyday writing its progress every day, writing all new resolutions we make even if it is a smaller one adds the value to the goal and help us

Scheduling a plan is yet another old wine in a new bottle. To achieve something we need to focus on the process of achieving. I loved the part of backup plan for not all that we plan we do. “Where and when and how” are the common plan points to be noted even for our daily routine like gym and hostel this seems amazing while we plan we are almost mentally ready for the process.

Updating about it to someone close to us is the clearly an effective idea because once we update it to someone close to us, we will eventually have a accountability and that will increase our level of interest in the process and goal .  Her words “I don’t buy book I make book” left me inspired. I will surely turn back to her in my process through goal.


MARIE FORLEO: Hey, what’s up party people? It’s Marie Forleo, and welcome to another episode of the MarieTV and the Marie Forleo Podcast.

So today I want to talk about how to achieve your goals, and specifically three science-backed steps to help you achieve your goals so that once we get past all this “New Year, New You” hoopla, you’ve actually got some solid practices in place to help yourself stay on track.

Why? Because here’s the truth the stats around making lasting change from New Year’s resolutions are pretty dismal. In fact, one study by the journal of clinical psychology show that about 54 percent of folks who make a resolution failed to keep it up past six months.

And I guess what? Most people make the same damn resolutions 10 times without success that’s sad, isn’t it? That’s super sad. So to combat those odds, here are three simple and science-backed strategies to help you achieve your goals more consistently.

So this first one is pretty simple, but I got to say hardly anybody does it. So strategy number one is this. You want to write it down and write it down daily. So Dr. Gail Matthews, who’s a Professor of Psychology at the Dominican University of California, she did this amazing study on goal setting, right?

And she discovered this: that we human beings are actually 42 percent more likely to achieve our goals if we simply write them down. Look I know you all, I know this sounds basic, but people still don’t have their top goals written down, and I got to tell you, they certainly don’t look at them every day.

So here’s what I do. This is my own personal practice. Whatever my top goals are for the moment, I actually right each one of them down. I do this every day, and I write them down at least 15 times. This is exactly what I did when it came to my book, “Everything is Figureoutable”.

I literally wrote, I am a number one New York Times bestseller 15 times a day, every single day for 18 months. Now you can say what you want about that, whether it’s voodoo. I think it’s all about focus. So if you think I’m nuts, I’m fine with that. Most people do.

But once I did this every single day, it helped me keep my top focus top of mind, right? So you can do this too. And if you’re truly serious about achieving your goals this year, please make sure that you actually write them down. And I would encourage you to write them down daily.

So strategy number two is this: you want to schedule the time and the place that you’re going to take action and have a backup plan. So check this out, you all. Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson, who’s a Social Psychologist who actually studies goal setting and motivation, found this.

Deciding in advance where and when you’re going to take specific actions to reach your goal can actually double or triple your chances for success. Did you hear that? You can double or triple your chances for success in achieving your goals?

I don’t know about you, but I like those odds, don’t you? Now one of the things I’ve shared with my B-Schoolers for years is this: if it’s not scheduled, it’s not real. So I need you to make sure that you schedule time in your calendar to take action towards your goals and also include where you’re going to do it.

So for example, let’s say to work out right? Schedule the time you’re actually going to work out, plus put in the place. Are you going to do it at the gym? You are going to do it in your living room? You are going to do it in your local park doesn’t matter just put it down.

And if you really want to dial up your chances for success, do this. Make a contingency plan too. What does that mean? It means you actually think ahead and you plan for problems or setbacks that you already know could throw you off track, and then you solve for them in advance.

And finally, strategy number three is this, send updates to a friend. So check this one out. The American Society of Training and Development did this study, right? And they found that you actually have a 65 percent chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone.

And then check this out. If you actually have a specific accountability appointment with another person, this can actually increase your chances of success by up to 95 percent. You guys, 95 freaking percent. I think that’s amazing. That is like real, real good.

And look, you don’t have to make this complicated, right? For example, you can actually just set a standing date with your friend that every Thursday you all are going to send each other an email or a text with a status update by, I don’t know 5.00 PM, something like that. Boom, done you just jacked up your odds of success by 95 damn percent.

And with that, you’ve now got three science-backed strategies to help you achieve your goals in the New Year and beyond. And if you want even more help bringing your dreams to life, can you do me a favor? Can you just get this book? It’s called “Everything is Figureoutable”. And don’t just read the book, you all, do the book.

I promise you on my life that if you actually do the work in this book, it will change your life guaranteed. Now, in fact, you know what? I actually really want to help you achieve all your goals this year.

So we’re going to give away three signed copies of this book. And guess what you’re going to get? You’re going to get a limited edition “Everything is Figureoutable Journal”, and you all. These are so beautiful and guess what this is vegan leather. And you know what else you going to get?

This “Everything is Figureoutable” water bottle because guess what? You can’t figure shit out if you’re not hydrated. That’s right. You know what else you going to get? You’re going to get some fun stickers, because who doesn’t love stickers? “Everything is Figureoutable” you could put that on your computer some cute little oranges.

If you know the story, you know what’s up with that. And then a little Jersey Marie and she’s saying no more b*** excuses, which is perfect for this time of year so all the details to enter this giveaway are on the blog post that goes along with the episode over at

Now this is time sensitive, so go over and read them all now. Okay. So now I want to hear from you. So tell me, what’s the most important goal that you are committed to achieving this year and why? You got to remember, reasons come before results, people. Come chat me up and social @marieforleo or tell me about it over in the comments at

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