7 TED Talks about Goals for your New Year’s Resolutions

Many people devote thought and time to creating a list of New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps 2016 is the year you want to earn a promotion, learn to kayak, spend more time volunteering or maybe run a marathon. The following seven TED Talks offer advice on goal-setting and how to follow through on your dreams.

1) Keep your goals to yourself by Derek Sivers

In this three-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares psychological evidence about the importance of keeping your goals quiet. You’ll have a better chance of following through on your plans if you don’t share them with others.

2) Try Something New for 30 Days by Matt Cutts

In this three-minute TED Talk, the speaker shows how small steps can lead to big adventures. Inviting activity into your life seems to lead to a richer experience.

3) 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams by Bel Pesce

In this six-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares five lines of thought that will keep you from reaching your goals, and she also emphasizes the significance of the journey.

4) Four Keys for Setting and Achieving Goals by William Barr

In this eight-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares how he was able to build one of the nation’s largest home improvement companies.

5) If You Want to Achieve Your Goals, Don’t Focus on Them by Reggie Rivers

In this 11-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares how focusing on the goals can actually prevent you from achieving your goals. By focusing on your behaviors, you will be more driven to follow through.

6) The Key to Success? Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth

In this 6-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares how grit is a key ingredient for success. She encourages the audience to live life as a marathon and not a sprint.

7) The Power of Believing That You Can Improve by Carol Dweck

In this 11-minute TED Talk, the speaker shares how adopting a growth mindset can open you up to greater success. She encourages the audience to see a challenge as a “yet” opportunity.

The New Year is a wonderful time for new beginnings. One of the Service Values at The Ritz-Carlton is “I have the opportunity to continuously learn and grow.” This Service Value reminds our employees—known as our Ladies and Gentlemen—to embrace learning as a continuous, on-going activity—rather than a start-and-stop activity. It also helps our Ladies and Gentlemen to remain open to new experiences and fresh ways of thinking. When employees are receptive to improvement, then your organization is primed to be nimble, adaptive and innovative. 

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