Got 2011 New Year’s Resolutions? Get a Goal Buddy to Stay Motivated and On Track

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A simple system to beat the odds and succeed with 2011 resolutions

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A Goal Buddy will help you track progress and keep you accountable for lack of it, thus greatly increasing chances of success

As the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, millions of people will make New Year’s resolutions. However, according to the most recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, it is estimated that only 46 percent of those resolutions will be kept for more than 6 months.

Nevertheless, the same study reveals that people who set explicit New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than people who make more general resolutions.

Among the people surveyed, the most popular New Year’s resolutions were:

  •     Get fit
  •     Lose weight
  •     Get a better job
  •     Quit smoking
  •     Spend more time with family
  •     Pay off credit cards

These common resolutions are frequently broken. The general notion is that it becomes increasingly difficult to stay motivated and on track with every passing day after January 1st.

Building momentum to achieve set resolutions is easier when goals are specific and broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks and positive habits that help create and maintain the desired results.

A simple few-step process can greatly increase the likelihood of accomplishing big goals. These steps include clearly identifying the goal - what you want to achieve and why, as well as developing a series of small action steps that will ultimately lead to achievement of the set goal. Furthermore, establishing positive habits that reinforce specific goals, as well as having a Goal Buddy with whom you can share, track, and be accountable to for your progress, or lack of it, will lead to long-term success.

A new website,, helps achieve goals in an easy-to-use format that reflects these simple steps. It provides a platform not only for setting goals, but also for the creation of tasks and lists in order to organize those goals. Furthermore, it includes tools to assist people in establishing positive habits, which are key in achieving long-term success.

“I believe that goal setting starts with identification of the aspects of life that need improvement,” Sasha Berson, founder of, said. He advises focusing on major areas such as health, family and relationships, work, and financial independence.

Berson added he understands that goal setting can be difficult. “Ask yourself what needs improvement? How would you change things? What would be the outcome? Realistic answers are the basis for goal setting.” is designed to give its users the platform and tools to do just that – write down goals, action steps, and habits one may need to develop in order to achieve goals and tasks to have a complete picture. Each tool tracks progress and delivers reminders to users via e-mail or sms. The Dashboard ties all of your goals, habits and tasks into a weekly calendar view on a single screen.

The setting of positive habits, which reinforce goals, is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of the goal achievement process that is emphasized by the website. “It’s hard to lose 20 pounds when one has a habit of eating heavy dinner before sleep,” Berson said.

The most unique aspect of the website is the opportunity to partner up with “Goal Buddies”, or other users on the site who are pursing similar goals. Once a goal is set, the site automatically lists other available members to partner up with in order to help one another in achieving goals. Whenever a Goal Buddy misses a goal due date, his/her Goal Buddy is notified and asked to remind and encourage the partner to stay on track.

Goal Buddies earn points by doing what they said they would, staying on track and accomplishing goals. Points can be redeemed for motivational books and CD’s in the Tool Shop. “Life’s wisdom takes decades to accumulate, or it can be learned from someone who has walked the road, made the mistakes, learned from them, and wrote a book on how to succeed and not make the mistakes he made,” Berson said.

Registration at is free, and only takes a few seconds. There is no charge to use the site and you can get started achieving your goals right away.

About is a free website that utilizes a variety of online tools to help people improve their lives in various areas by setting and meeting goals. Its innovative approach takes sound achievement principles and applies them in an online setting by providing tools that focus on goal-setting, tasks, habit development, and accountability. The website is 100 percent free to use and registration takes only seconds. Visit for further details.

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