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Melissa Ganus

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What are your New Year's resolutions?

Last year, Sajeesh Ragavan posted this question at http://www.ted.com/profiles/933068
http://www.ted.com/conversations/8166/what_s_your_new_year_s_resolut.html.

Now, having made it through the 21st of December, 2012, it seems like exactly the right time to post it again!

I've been inspired by Dr Mike Evans short video about how much more successful New Year's resolutions tend to be compared with making resolutions at other times of year. Just posted a TEDed and would welcome your thoughts and feedback: http://ed.ted.com/on/cu5IwKY6

Happy New Year!!!

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    Dec 27 2012: Melissa, as I notice you linked the Derek Sivers' talk, which independently came to mind to me immediately on reading your question, what do you think? Are we more likely to progress in accomplishing our goals if we announce them? It does create an extrinsic component but also, as Sivers argues, may reward us too soon and reduce effort to make progress.
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      Dec 28 2012: (Looks like my first reply didn't post as I'd hoped so let me try again - I'm still new here!)
      First, thanks for the thoughtful reply. 4 weeks ago I publicly committed on IndieGogo to weekly outputs (on TEDed & WikiHow). Failing to follow through would burn my credibility, so I'm finding it much more motivating than just writing notes to myself about wanting to get the weekly outputs done. But the research Sivers talks about intrigues me: I'm trying to figure out how to test his recommendations - perhaps picking two similar goals then only looking for social approval on one? How do you approach such things?
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        Dec 31 2012: I am very independent-minded, Melissa, and do not broadcast my goals and plans.
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          Jan 1 2013: My apologies for too personal a question! Happy New Year!!
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        Jan 1 2013: No problem at all, Melissa, with asking.

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