What if I told you that when you team up, improving your money skills might be easier than losing weight?
That’s according to goal-setting website StickK, which analyzed the success rates of users who set personal goals related to money compared with those set on dropping pounds.
The site found that having an accountability partner meant a 61 percent success rate for financial goals, versus 47 percent for weight loss. Choosing a partner can be as simple as checking in with a trusted friend or family member, or setting a goal as a group and working toward it together.
PUT MONEY ON THE LINE
It sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out! If you were to put money on the line — for example, having to donate to a cause you dislike — if you don’t meet your goal, your success rate could soar. For those trying to improve their finances, StickK found that 87 percent of people who included an accountability partner and had a financial stake within their commitment nailed their goals.
THINK OF THE IMMEDIATE REWARD
It’s hard to think about how “future you” will benefit from another brown-bag lunch when “present you” just wants to splurge at the new poké place around the corner. One way to flip the script? Highlight the gratification you get from your current actions instead of focusing on the long-term goal — for instance, take pride in the culinary skills it took to DIY your lunch today instead of thinking how it’ll be another $15 toward your summer road trip.