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Are Goals Magical?

They might be. No, I haven't lost my senses. Just consider this before you come to a conclusion (about either the magic or my sanity). I've noticed that we're much more likely to achieve our goals if we tell someone about them. If you think about it, you'll agree that it's true.

So what's the deal? Certainly the act of telling someone about our goal didn't move us closer to successfully reaching it. So is it magic?

I think not. It's probably just that by telling someone else we've crossed a line in our minds. We've really committed to our goal. We've given that goal power to affect how we live our life. We've even put ourselves in a position where the friend that heard our goal could ask us whether we achieved it.

So I don't think that goals are magical. But, I do believe that telling someone else about our goals increases our odds of success. So I think that I'll tell a close friend about my current goal.


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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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Gary is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who edits The Dollar Stretcher website <www.stretcher.com> and newsletters. You can follow Gary on Twitter.com/gary_foreman
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