It is important to turn your social network into your cheerleading network for your goals. The kind of support base you need to build should:
The most important criteria in selecting a person or group to share your goal with is to gauge whether they will impede your progress or actively support it.
Look for people who will:
But, don't just look for those who agree with everything you say or do. Also look for those who can provide critical feedback and can be a devil's advocate and point out flaws in your approach or plan.
Avoid people who will:
Some people are eternal pessimists and they can tire you down with their persistent talk about all that will go wrong. There is nothing to gain from sharing your goals with such people.
Your journey toward your goals can have many milestones, bumps, twists, and turns along the way. By sharing your goals, you will reap the following benefits:
You can also use your support base to hold yourself and/or your team accountable in the pursuit of the goal. An example of how to do this might be to set up regular meetings with your team to discuss the progress you have made.
If your goal is to increase productivity in your department and halfway to the deadline you set you see you are not where you should be, schedule a meeting with the team to explore the reasons why and then either revise the deadline or put a process in place that will help meet that goal.