Goal Reminder Bracelets, Milestone Charms and online support community for all your goals & dreams!
Goal Reminder Bracelets, Milestone Charms and online support community for all your goals & dreams!

Fundraising Overview

We are running this campaign to ask for your help to raise funds to increase our manufacturing capabilities to produce the thousands of charms needed to support people's dreams and goals. I have worked night and day on MyDagaz for 2 years and I am very passionate about what it represents and how we can help others. My family and I appreciate your support and contributions, and hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Sincerely,
Rolf Heitmann
Founder/CEO MyDagaz

 

MyDagaz™ Intro

The ultimate goal of MyDagaz™ is to assist and support you achieve happiness, and we firmly believe this will happen by achieving YOUR dreams and goals in life. We want to help, support and encourage you to make this happen, and below you can find you how we will do this, and why it is so important!


"Remember Your Dreams?!" - MyDagaz™ Slogan

We are not trying to tell you what your goals are or should be, and nobody else should for that matter, it is all about YOU and achieving YOUR goals to make you feel better about yourself, your life and feel inner satisfaction and fulfillment.
Our slogan "Remember Your Dreams?!" is our way of saying please don't forget about yourself. It is both a question and a statement:  We are asking if you actually do "remember your dreams?", but we are also telling you to "remember your dreams!".

The font you see in the MyDagaz™ slogan is the MyDagaz™ font we created to emulate a modern day Rune inscription.


It's About "Not Forgetting" Your Goals and Dreams

Life is so hectic and stressful and it is so easy to put your own needs and desires on the shelf, and we want you to brush them off and keep thinking about them.
Whatever your goals and dreams are, MyDagaz™ is here to help and support you in your quest for a happier existence. We are not saying it will be easy or happen quickly, but with our support and encouragement (and the ever present goal reminder bracelet), it will happen!

We consider the MyDagaz™ Goal Reminder bracelet to be a critical part of our approach. It is a physical, ever present reminder of the goals you have set for yourself and decided you want to pursue.

With the Goal Reminder Bracelet on your wrist, it will always let you know when you are doing something contrary to the goals you have set for yourself. A good example is opening up a chocolate bar when you are on a diet - the Goal Reminder Bracelet and the Milestone Charms will certainly remind you of the wrong you are doing to yourself and "serve up" a good portion a guilt, hopefully enough to make you rethink the chocolate bar and find something healthier to eat. Having used the bracelet for almost a year, I can tell you that it works exactly as it was intended, which is also the feedback we have received from others as well,

The bracelet is very solid and at first you will notice its presence on your wrist, but like with any other jewelry you wear, your body will get used to is and stop noticing it. The milestone charms however, are designed to NOT allow you to forget their presence, yet not be intrusive or annoying to you. With their with their extremely light weight, they will feel like an ever so gentle brush against your skin, not unlike what a gentle gust of wind feels against your skin. If you shake your wrist vigorously, the charms will also make a subtle little noises when they hit the Goal Reminder Bracelet. No matter what you do though, you will barely notice the presence of all the milestone charms.


The Science Behind The Bracelets and Charms

The MyDagaz™ Goal Reminder bracelet works - no question about it, but how and why? The bracelet does not utilize technology, electronics or magic, and neither do the milestone charms. The "secret" or "science" behind MyDagaz™ is in the totality of what we do, and only when all the elements of the bracelet, charms, the online support community and the goal tracking tools are combined, we believe success if inevitable!

The Goal Reminder Bracelet is an unobtrusive, subtle and perpetual reminder that will not let you forget about your goals and dreams. The bracelets are made of high quality stainless steel and double linked to be "tough" enough to withstand constant usage and stand up to the elements. The latch is made of stainless steel with the MyDagaz™ logo, and the latch is very strong and will stand up to the "abuse" dished out from daily use. The design is also "hair" friendly and will not tug on any arm hair!

Charms are made of acrylic glass (plexiglass) and specifically designed to be very strong, scratch resistant, virtually fade resistant and extremely light weight, so you can have dozens of milestone charms on the bracelet without it getting heavy, annoying or cumbersome to wear. They have a spring loaded clasp that enables them to easily be attched to the bracelet. The extremely light weight charms gently brushes your skin and works by triggering a sensory perception that at times works on an unconscious level (meaning you are not even aware that it is happening).

It is our goal to support and help anyone's dreams or goals with our charms, whatever they might be. There will be thousands of charms available in the various milestone categories we have identified so far:

  1. Weight Loss milestone charms category

  2. Cessation milestone charms category

  3. Medical & Health milestone charms category

  4. Travel milestone charms category

  5. Bucket List milestone charms category

  6. Sports milestone charms category

  7. Financial milestone charms category

  8. Anniversaries milestone charms category

  9. Spiritual & Religious milestone charms category

  10. Education milestone charms category

  11. Custom milestone charms category

 

The Secret Behind Our Approach

The MyDagaz main mission is to support our members in reaching their goals and dreams in life, and we do this by providing online tools, a superior support community and by wearing our Goal Reminder Bracelet and Milestone Charms. The online support community is there to help and encourage our members during trying times and when life slumps or hits a low. We feel it is critical to have someone to talk to when this happens because we all know life always has some surprises in store for us. Although the online support is important, we firmly believe the most critical piece in achieving success is using the Goal Reminder Bracelet, as it is always with you as a constant reminder.

We have described the shape and designs for the Goal Reminder Bracelet and the Milestone Charms, but it is only when we combine these physical objects with our unique and patent pending methodology, that success is the likely outcome. Unlike the typical approach where you receive a reward when you reach a milestone, our approach is completely opposite and provides significantly more motivation and inspiration.

The MyDagaz™ approach using the bracelet and the milestone charms, is to place all the charms on the bracelet when you start pursuing a goal or a dream, and then remove charms as you reach the various milestones. This might seem trivial at first glance, but the benefits of this method are significant and multiple:

  • Psychological: The simple fact that all milestone charms are present from the very beginning, is a strong motivational factor because you can see all the steps that are needed to accomplish to reach your goal. The presence of all the charms and the desire to remove or reduce the number of charms (which subconsciously represents "road blocks" between you and your goal/happiness), provides a much stronger desire to win or accomplish this task than the opposite method of motivating yourself to "win" or accomplish the reward of receiving another charm.

  • Physical: With all the charms on the bracelet at the beginning of the pursuit of a dream or goal, the larger number of charms provide a stronger physical reminder with the gentle brushes of multiple milestone charms touching your skin. The sensation they create is still extremely subtle, but more noticeable which is extremely beneficial when starting pursuing a brand new goal.

  • Visual: With all the charms in place at the beginning of a goal pursuit, there is an undeniable visual effect from the colorful charms on your wrist. Again, it is almost impossible to ignore this strong, but unobtrusive reminder of your own promise to yourself.

This approach, combined with the use of our specially designed bracelets and charms, delivers a significantly stronger motivation as all the milestones you need to accomplish as always visible,


Avoid Regrets, Achieve Goals, Enjoy Happiness

MyDagaz™ is all about helping you focus and achieve on your dreams and life goals right now, but we also want you to avoid regrets later in life. People in their twilight years often reflect on their lives and the regrets they have, and we want to help you avoid these regrets by being conscious about the things you want to change or improve on, and actively work on making those changes.

On a personal note and while working on this particular segment, I could not help myself and I asked my 78 year old mom if she had any regrets in life, and asked her to be as honest as possible. She answered "my biggest regret is not being able to spend more time with you and your kids". It is very hard for me not to tear up when I think about this, but the feeling is so mutual mom and its not too late!  One of my top goals in life is to spend more time with my mom and brother that live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nobody wants to live with regrets, but I dare say we all have them and MyDagaz wants to help you focus on your goals to avoid this! Believe it or not, the list of regrets below is just a small sample of the ones listed on numerous sites, and the ones below are listed in no particular order:

  • Been happier more. Not taken life so seriously

  • Wish I had lived my own life rather than how society taught me to live.

  • Gone on more trips with the family/friends

  • Not visiting a dying friend before he died

  • Wish I discovered my purpose earlier

  • Taught my kids to do stuff more

  • I wish I had taken more risks

  • Not asking that girl/boy out

  • Wish I had taken better care of myself

  • Not getting that degree (high school or college)

  • Wish I’d allowed myself to love

  • Spending more time with the kids/family

  • Wish I had touched more lives and inspired more people

  • Working so much at the expense of family and friendships

  • Standing up to bullies in school and in life

  • Stayed in touch with good friends from my childhood and youth

  • Turned off my phone more/Left my phone at home

  • Worrying about what others thought about me so much

  • Not having enough confidence in myself

There is NO reason for you to have regrets later in life! Even if you don't succeed 100% of the time,  you have to keep trying and do the best you can, and MyDagaz is the solution you are seeking. At the very core of our belief, we know that if you can accomplish your goals and dreams, you will become a happier individual, feel better about yourself and more satisfied with your life. Ultimately, this helps you achieve a greater "inner peace" and will positively impact your health and outlook on life.


A Happy Person = Endless Life and Health Benefits!

MyDagaz wants you to focus more on yourself and your dreams and goals, because we believe that will make you a happier and a more self fulfilled person. Besides, who doesn't want to be happy?! Being happy not only makes you feel good and positively affects your interaction with the surroundings, it has a profound impact on your productivity, health and well-being too.

Brain Health

Numerous studies show that happiness has a significant and lasting impact on your health, and it directly affects your brain: Negative mood variance disturbs your interaction with your environment, affecting your ability to perceive, remember, and reinforce existing or create new neural connections, while being happy improves your ability to be more cognitively alert and productive. Other than being much more fun to be around, being happy:

  • stimulates the growth of nerve connections.

  • improves cognition by increasing mental productivity.

  • improves your ability to analyze and think.

  • affects your view of surroundings.

  • increases attentiveness.

  • leads to more happy thoughts.

Happy people are more creative, solve problems faster, and tend to be more mentally alert. [Source: Psychology Today]

Longer Life

Being happy doesn't just improve the quality of your life. According to a new study, it may increase the quantity of your life as well. Older people were up to 35% less likely to die during the five-year study if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day. And this was true even though the researchers took factors such as chronic health problems, depression, and financial security out of the equation.

"We had expected that we might see a link between how happy people felt over the day and their future mortality, but we were struck by how strong the effect was," says Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and a professor of psychology at University College London, in the United Kingdom.
[Source: Health Magazine 2015]

People who consider themselves happy, have:

  • a lower heart rate

  • Lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol

  • Lower concentrations of a plasma associated with heart disease

  • According to an analysis of 30 studies, happy people are less likely to get sick

  • When exposed to the virus that causes colds and flu, people with a more positive outlook not only get sick less often, but recover faster.

  • In a study of stressed-out law students, optimistic people had more immune-boosting blood cells than their pessimistic peers.

  • People who are happy because they feel their lives have meaning and purpose (helping others for example), experience healthy changes at the cellular level.

  • Among older people, optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than do pessimists. Researchers believe this is because optimists are better able to negotiate life's stressors without becoming irritated.

  • An analysis of 30 studies found that happiness adds several years to a person's life. The actual number of years could be as much as 7 1/2 years.

    [Source: happify.com]

Stress Reducer

Feedback from people using the bracelet have said it absolutely works as intended and more or less becomes a part of you. No matter how stressed you get, it doesn't let you forget about the promises you made to yourself. Several people have reported that being reminded of, and focusing on their goals and dreams had a calming effect at times of high stress situations.

 

Key Website Features

Online Support Community

The MyDagaz™ Online Support Community is also a powerful social networking platform on the MyDagaz™ website designed to allow all MyDagaz™ members to interact and support each other in addition to our dedicated personnel. This is a very powerful tool which will keep our members motivated and somewhere to turn when "life happens" and you need someone to lean on for support and encouragement to keep you going. The Community is the main source of support and collaboration between members and MyDagaz support personnel are there to help each other achieve their goals.

 

Online Personal Goal Manager

The Goal Manager is your online tool for tracking and managing your goals, milestones and self-imposed deadlines and timelines. This is an important tool that helps you keep It also offers other features to help you get rid of bad habits and other vices.

There are 3 great dashboards allowing users easily to keep all their goals, plans and habits under control:

  1. Today. It provides you quick access to all your goals, plans and habits set for today.

  2. Goals & Plans. It shows you all goals and plans with all your achievements.

  3. Habits. It displays all your habits and their history with habits graph. To check your habits for certain period of time quickly, you can use comfortable week navigation.

Online Chat

To ensure the best possible service to our members, we offer an online chat option in addition to using the Online Support Community. The online chat is available during normal East Coast US business hours, but we plan to expand the hours as soon as we can and eventually we want to offer 24/7 support.



Who We are and Why We Made It

The idea behind MyDagaz™ was born an evening in the fall of 2013 when my wife and I were talking about how hard it is to stay focused on a goal when "life happens". Being parents, working and always stressed, tired and exhausted, you always took care of everything else first and when it came time to think about what would make yourself happy (besides instant gratification through food and snacks), we were "zombies in front of the TV or asleep". "In the day to day life there was no time to think about yourself and your needs". This didn't happen overnight and was a gradual process over many years. If only there was a way to be reminded of what is important to you so you can work towards your dreams and goals and make them happen - even if it takes time. In a nutshell, this is how the MyDagaz™ was born.

The Founder of MyDagaz™ is Rolf Heitmann, a seasoned entrepreneur and IT executive with a broad technology background as well. Rolf lives in Rhode Island USA, but has roots in and grew up in Norway where he became familiar with the ancient Viking runes, and this is how MyDagaz™ received its name. Rolf is a very enthusiastic driving force and believes in MyDagaz™ and its mission to help people become happier and live a more fulfilled life, He has personally executed, managed or overseen every aspect of the creation of MyDagaz™ and its services and offerings. - See more at: http://pitchfuse.com/project/t/918#sthash.pcttxXlT.dpuf

The Dagaz rune is a very "positively charged" symbol and MyDagaz™™ is a modern take on ancient beliefs transforming dreams and goals to realize a positive outcome, happiness in life and inner balance. For thousands of years, it was strongly believed that the Dagaz symbol brings a positive outcome to any situation that is of concern.


What We Need & What You Get

We have invested substantial time, money and efforts in the last years to research, design and develop the MyDagaz™ concept. We worked with industrial designers and engineers, graphic designers, user interface designers and the best creative minds to come up with a solution that we believe will serve our customers extremely well. We have completed a full manufacturing cycle and and have produced approximately 60 different charms in very small quantities in the weight loss category (maroon colored charms) and basic starter charms like the Start Charm, Half Way Charm and the Goal Reached Charm.

The charms are made in the USA, and we have already started working on improving manufacturing processes to enable larger scale production. Due to the large number of unique charms, we can not mass produce the charms, and in order to minimize cost and maximize flexibility in creating custom charms (and on short notice), all charms are made in-house.

We are ready to start manufacturing the thousands of different charms needed to help people with their goals, and for this we need your help in raising the needed funds for the following tasks:

  • Acquire 8 water-cooled, three-axis CNC machines capable of performing high-speed micro engraving/cutting operations. A CNC controller and a desktop PC with milling software is needed for each CNC machine. Estimated cost is US $4,500 each with a total cost of US $36,000.

  • Acquire charm raw material sheets in eleven different colors, lobster clasps, jumper rings and protective films for the charm front and back surfaces, Estimated total cost is US $14,000.

  • Acquire miscellaneous equipment to support the manufacturing process: engraving/cutting tool bits for the CNC machines, vacuum pumps for vacuum tables, water pumps, spindle vacuum systems for engraving debris collection. Estimated total cost is US $9,000

We are really excited about the deals and perks we can offer you in return for supporting us! We are offering discounts on memberships, bracelets, charms, and various package offerings containing all of these items. The crown jewel in our collection of perks is the LIFETIME membership option we are exclusively offering during this crowdfunding campaign and is never again to be offered.

Should we not be able to raise the entire amount we are seeking, we will need to scale back accordingly and. The critical task right now is to create as many charms as we can to help as many  people as possible with their goals and dreams. On the other hand, should we raise more funds than we are asking for, it will be used to secure a suitable location for manufacturing and warehouse for the products.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is MyDagaz™?

MyDagaz™ is a family owned company and the world's first to offer motivational bracelets and charms designed specifically to help you reach your goals - whatever they are! MyDagaz™ is membership based and relies on memberships to fund staff, technology and support growth. MyDagaz™ consists of two main elements;

  • The Online Support Community and a set of tools to help you track and manage the goals and dreams you have decided you want to focus on. The Online Support Community consists of MyDagaz™ staff and all the other MyDagaz™ members, and the sole purpose of the community is to offer support and encouragement to each other when life becomes challenging it is becomes difficult focusing on their goals and dreams.

  • The Goal Reminder bracelet is a critical piece to succeeding, and the bracelet's main function is to keep reminding you of the promises you made to yourself, i.e. the goals and dreams you decided to pursue. Members should wear the bracelet with the milestone charms so they at a glance can see where they stand and how far they have to go before reaching their goal. The charms provides subtle and soft reminders to the member so they don't forget.

The membership fees are purposefully kept extremely low and will be kept that way as we do not want this to be a financial burden. Unfortunately, many people cannot afford even a low membership fee, and we do offer assistance to low income families.

How does it work?

There are many ways to use the charms and we do not want to discourage anyone from being creative. There are some proven ways to doing it and we will outline those here as well as discuss different ways of using them in our Blog.

The bracelet is made of stainless steel and will survive most environments as it is intended to be worn 24/7. You might find it difficult to sleep with the bracelet on or prefer taking it off when showering, and of course you should take it off when you want to. It is important though to keep it on as much as possible as it is your constant reminder of the goals you have set for yourself.

Recommended use of the charms is to attach all milestone charms for a particular goal and then remove charms as you reach milestones. We designed the bracelet and the charms to work together to keep reminding you of your dreams and goals without being overbearing or annoying. The charms are made of acrylic glass which is very strong, yet extremely light weight and adding dozens of charms will barely impact the weight. We believe placing all the charms when you start pursuing a dream or goal is the most inspirational, not only because you clearly can see all the milestones you need to accomplish before you reach your goal, but all the charms provide a stronger, yet extremely gentle, soft and soothing touch to the skin to make sure you do not forget what is important to you.

The MyDagaz™ Online Support Community is a social networking platform on the MyDagaz™ website designed to allow all MyDagaz™ members to interact and support each other in addition to our dedicated personnel. This is a very powerful tool which will keep our members motivated and somewhere to turn when "life happens" and you need someone to lean on for support and encouragement to keep you going. The Community is the main source of support and collaboration between members and MyDagaz support personnel are there to help each other achieve their goals.

The FAQ section is where we post answers to the most frequently asked questions to help newcomers as well as existing members.

The Blog is another tool we use to help members with questions they might have and categorize the answers according to topic.

The Goal Manager is your online tool for tracking and managing your goals, milestones and self-imposed deadlines and timelines. This is an important tool that helps you keep It also offers other features to help you get rid of bad habits and other vices.

Why is it important to pursue goals and dreams?

Being happy doesn't just improve the quality of your life. According to a new study, it may increase the quantity of your life as well. Older people were up to 35% less likely to die during the five-year study if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day. And this was true even though the researchers took factors such as chronic health problems, depression, and financial security out of the equation.

In other words, it is not only important to achieve your goals and dreams to feel better about yourself, achieve life fulfillment, inner peace and satisfaction, it has a direct impact on your health and you will live longer!

Ok - life is "getting in the way", what now?

When life "gets in your way" or difficulties in life are mounting, thinking about your own needs, desires or dreams are typically the last thing on your mind. It is unfortunate, but the reality that you set aside yourself and forget your own dreams when "life happens". The bracelet is there to remind you of your goals, and we have been told that thinking about your goals and dreams has a calming effect during stressful situations. The bracelet should help you keep your happy thoughts close by at all times, but we also want you to use the online community as a resource for communicating with others potentially having gone though what you are experiencing, listen and maybe personal advice to help work through difficult life situations.

What is the MyDagaz™ bracelet and charms made of?

The bracelet is made of stainless steel and will survive most environments as it is intended to be worn 24/7. You might find it difficult to sleep with the bracelet on or prefer taking it off when showering, and of course you should take it off when you want to. It is important though to keep it on as much as possible as it is your constant reminder of the goals you have set for yourself.

Recommended use of the charms is to attach all milestone charms for a particular goal and then remove charms as you reach milestones. We designed the bracelet and the charms to work together to keep reminding you of your dreams and goals without being overbearing or annoying. The charms are made of acrylic glass which is very strong, yet extremely light weight and adding dozens of charms will barely impact the weight. We believe placing all the charms when you start pursuing a dream or goal is the most inspirational, not only because you clearly can see all the milestones you need to accomplish before you reach your goal, but all the charms provide a stronger, yet extremely gentle, soft and soothing touch to the skin to make sure you do not forget what is important to you.

What is the size of the MyDagaz™ bracelet?

We currently have two bracelets: one is a men's bracelet, which is wider and thicker than the feminine women's bracelet. The bracelets will be stocked in the following sizes:
Women's bracelet lengths:
5",    5 1/2",    6",    6 1/2",    7",    7 1/2",    8",    8 1/2",     9"    and    9 1/2"

Men's bracelet lengths:
6",    6 1/2",    7",    7 1/2",    8",    8 1/2",     9",    9 1/2",    10"    and    10 1/2"

Who are you?

The Co-Founders of MyDagaz™ are Kelly and Rolf Heitmann, both seasoned IT executives with Rolf having a broad technology background as well. Rolf, having roots in and growing up in Norway, was familiar with the ancient Viking runes, that is how MyDagaz™ received its name.

Risks & Challenges

Since we have already completed a full production cycle of the weight loss charms and have learned the hard way what pitfalls there are, we are confident that moving into a larger scale production environment will be a smooth one. We are also very aware that with a larger scale production, we still have to be diligent with quality control to ensure the highest quality products. We have also minimized the risk of running out of materials by identifying multiple vendors that can deliver the necessary materials we need, and as we ramp up production we will also make sure we have necessary spare parts to minimize downtime during production.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Of course backing our project by selecting one of the perks we offer is a very effective way to support our project and we are very grateful for that. We do understand however that backing is not always an option for everyone and we appreciate any other help one would be generously willing to offer.
Our main challenge is spreading the word and here are a few effective ways to support this effort:

  • Share the MyDagaz™ images or link on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, tumblr or any other social network you subscribe to

  • Forward the link and the information by email to your friends and acquaintance and ask them to do the same

  • Tell us about blogs or other media channels that could be interested in writing or talking about the MyDagaz™. We will be happy to reach out and provide them with everything they need to spread the word.

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