Can Johnny Manziel Teach You How to Achieve Your Goals?

Copy Johnny Manziel to Achieve Your Goals in 2015

There have been very few rookie athletes that have caused as much of a stir as Johnny Manziel.  I don’t pretend to be an expert, but when a business coach in Vancouver, Canada knows about a rookie quarterback who has never even started a game (until this week) you know he is famous.  He sure has a polarizing effect on people.  When I hear people talk about him they don’t like that he promotes himself.  That he has a “brand.” That he “talks a big game.”  But is that the secret to his success?  Can you learn anything from what he has done to help achieve your own goals?  According to research, the answer is yes.

Many people set goals for themselves but rarely achieve them.  According to several studies, between 80 and 90% of all new years resolutions fail.  We fail to lose the weight, make more money or spend more time with our families.  So what can you learn from Johnny Manziel?  Well, according to a study out of the Dominican University of California,  those who declare their goals are 50% more likely to achieve them. I don’t think that there is a person alive who has heard about Johnny Manziel who does not know what his goals are.

The study did not go into why that is so effective but it makes a lot of sense to me.  Sadly, it is way easier to break your word to yourself than to someone else.  So what does Johnny Manziel do?  He puts it out there for the entire world.  Do you think that he has any issues with motivation?  Not according to his coach.

Johnny Manziel “worked very hard to earn this opportunity” to start for Cleveland Browns, coach Mike Pettine says.

Here is his recent quote, “I’m very excited to get out on the field with my teammates on Sunday and to have the opportunity to make the Dawg Pound proud.”  He knows he has a lot of people counting on him.  No motivation issues there.

So, do what Johnny does.  Declare your goals.  Create some accountability outside yourself.  It doesn’t have to be to the entire nation, just start with a few friends or colleagues.  It will make a huge difference.  BUT, if you really want to achieve your goals, there is one more thing that Johnny Manziel does that you should do too.

Report weekly on your progress.  The same study indicated that if you reported weekly on your progress you are 78% more likely to achieve your goal.

For Johnny, his report comes on Sundays and every time he practices with his team.  How can you make this work for you? Once you have declared your goals to your friends, send them a quick email update each week and you may amaze yourself at the results that you can produce.

Thanks for the lessons Johnny!


Rnold Smith is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, husband and papa.  He is a partner at Successful Business Inc. which offers professional development services to help organizations implement a results focused and service oriented culture.

He is co-creator of the 12 week Make 1 Change program which is an online program designed to help people integrate a new habit into their lives.

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