Got Big Goals? These 3 Strategies Will Triple Your Odds of Success

January 6, 2020

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Have you ever set a New Year’s Resolution or goal — only for your excitement to fizzle out a few weeks later?

You’re not alone. A study by the Journal of Clinical Psychology shows that most people make the same resolution 10 times without success. Ten times.

This doesn’t have to be you. Whether you want to write a book, start a business, strengthen your body, or upgrade your health — your dreams deserve to see the light of day.

On today’s MarieTV, you’ll learn three science-backed strategies that will help you make that happen.

These habits are simple and easy to implement. More importantly, they will radically increase your odds of achieving any goal.

If you have big dreams, this episode is a must-watch. These three habits will keep you focused and consistent — all year long. 

Here’s a quick recap of everything you just learned. 

Scroll all the way down to enter a special LIMITED TIME giveaway!

Strategy #1: Write Down Your Goal — Every. Day. 

You’ve probably heard this advice a million times, but hardly anyone actually does it! Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor of psychology at Dominican University discovered that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them. 

Here’s why it works. Writing down your top goals every day means you’ll look at them every day. It’s a constant, powerful reminder of where to put your focus.

Personally, I write my #1 goal at least 15 times every morning. In fact, I did that when I was writing Everything is Figureoutable. I wrote, “I am a #1 NY Times Bestseller” 15 times per day, every day for at least 18 months. Obviously, I worked my tail off for far longer and did many things to support the book, but that goal did happen.  

If you’re truly serious about achieving your goals this year, write them down. Daily.

Strategy # 2. Schedule Where & When You’ll Take Action 

For years I’ve told my B-Schoolers, “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.” And there’s science to back it up: 

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist who studies goal setting and motivation found that “deciding in advance when and where you’ll take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances for success.” 

Translation: You’re 2-3X more likely to achieve your goal if you schedule in your calendar when and where you’ll take action on your goals. 

This habit only takes 4 minutes and will make you massively more productive in any area of your life. If you want to dial up your chances even more, make a contingency plan too. Plan ahead for problems or setbacks that could throw you off your game. When they pop up, you’ll be glad you solved them in advance. 

Strategy #3. Set An Appointment To Update A Friend 

Your environment also has enormous influence over the way you think, feel, and behave. Over time, your environment — and the people in it— can make or break your success.

According to The American Society of Training and Development, you have a 65% greater chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. Even better, making a specific “accountability appointment” with another person can increase your chances of success by up to 95%. 

That’s a lot. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated, either. For example, set a weekly standing appointment where you and a friend agree to text an update about your goals at 5pm. It’s so simple and yet you just made it 95% more likely that you’ll achieve your goals.

Achieve Your Goals With Our Giveaway!

Marie's Forleo's #1 NY Times bestselling book, an exclusive vegan leather Everything is Figureoutable journal, an Everything is Figureoutable water bottle, and Everything is Figureoutable stickers.

I really want you to achieve ALL your goals this year. To help you get started, we’re doing a special Everything is Figureoutable themed giveaway.

This is time-sensitive so get started ASAP.

1. Comment below and tell me where and when you’ll take that first action step. 
2. GET TO IT! Then reply to your comment with the words “Done!” or “I did it!” 
3. Like this IG post & tag at least two friends and help them reach their goals.

Here’s what you could win by entering:

  • A signed copy of Everything is Figureoutable.
  • Limited edition Everything is Figureoutable journals.
  • An Everything is Figureoutable water bottle.
  • A pack of fun Everything is Figureoutable stickers!


The recipients of our giveaway have been chosen but congratulations to everyone who took action! You're amazing and keep it up!

  1. Chihiro
  2. LeAnn
  3. Ruby
  4. Melissa


Now I’d love to hear from you. What’s the most important goal you’re committed to achieving this year and why?

Remember, reasons come before results. Get specific.

Share as much detail as you can. Hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone needs to see things from a fresh perspective. Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Your dreams deserve to see the light of day. Whether it's a big change or a little change you want to make, GO FOR IT. These three habits will help.

With SO much love ❤️,


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