Monitoring Progress for Goal Achievement

There is one difference you often notice between people who achieve their goals and those who don’t. People who succeed, consistently monitor their progress and make course corrections. But even with progress monitoring, many fail to achieve their goals. What more can we do to improve our chances of success?

This was the question that we asked ourselves when we started designing Mentza Waves, the progress monitoring tool for Mentza English Learning Group. We set out to build a tool that not just helps people see what they have done, but has enough elements built into it to make it effective in goal attainment.

And that led us to some very interesting researches and tips from there on improving success rates in goal achievement. You could use this in your approach to attaining any goals that you set for yourself too. And since this is the time for new year resolutions, this could be quite useful when you think about New Year Resolutions and how you plan to stay on course to achieve them

Let’s look at this interesting study published by the American Psychological Association. It found 4 important conclusions about what determines success in goal achievement.

  • Prompting progress monitoring improves behavioral performance and the likelihood of attaining one’s goals
  • The more often that you monitor your progress, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed
  • Your chances of success are even more likely if you report your progress publicly or physically record it
  • It is not just enough to monitor and hence follow the right behaviors, but have a focus on outcomes to achieve the goals

Making it happen with Mentza Waves in English Learning Group

We built Mentza Waves taking all these aspects into account. The product is built in specific goals and tracking- attending 6 english learning sessions (2 circles with coaches, 2 practice circles and 2 circles of listening in) a day. And it is not about doing it on one day and then missing out on the next few days. As actor, and one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Dwayne Johnson said…

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

Dwayne Johnson

Streaks track how consistent you are in your efforts – how many days you have consistently achieves your goals.

Waves has both behavioral measures (like attending circles) and outcome measures (how much exposure you have had to new words). The behavioral measures update with each circle and the outcome measures update every day, so that you are constantly on top of how you are progressing on both those fronts. This is just the beginning, and we will be adding more and more outcome measures so that you have a much better sense of progress as far as outcomes go. And there’s no better measure than your own confidence that goes up when you speak each day in a circle and eventually in your life outside Mentza.

And since making your progress public is another determinant of success, we have made it easy to share your Mentza Waves within and outside Mentza.

So if you are setting any goals, keep in mind these useful and practical hacks that would give you a much better chance of success.

And if continuous learning (Spoken English or any other topic) is one of your goals you can check out the various Learning Groups on Mentza. There is one on Self Improvement, Spirituality and even one on Behavioral Science. And then there are thousands of conversations on various topics. As James Clear says in his bestseller Atomic Habits

“If you can get 1% better each day for one year, you’ll end up 37 times better by the time you’re done.”

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