Why do 92% of people fail to achieve their goals?
A review of the main obstacles that come our way when trying to achieve our goals.
For many people in the northern hemisphere of the planet, September is, mentally, the month in which the year really begins.
This is due to the fact that work and school activities are resumed after a long summer break in which we rest and disconnect, leading to a reorganization, in many cases, of ideas, plans and aspirations. It is, therefore, a date on which, like New Year's Day, goals and resolutions are set, such as quitting smoking, joining the gym, learning a new language or changing jobs, among many others.
However, a study by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has found that only 8% of the people who set these resolutions or goals achieve them. What causes such a high failure rate?
Here are the main reasons why the main reasons why the resolutions sink, in many cases, shortly after setting sail.in many cases, shortly after setting sail.
Reasons why goals are not achieved.
This is a summary of the main reasons why goal achievement does not go well.
1. Lack of concreteness
It is necessary to be concrete. In fact, not being concrete when defining a goal is practically what causes it to fail..
Our mind needs clear lines, not ethereal ones. It is therefore essential that the goal to be achieved is as specific as possible, that its process can be measured over time to really see an evolution, and that it is achievable.
I would like to have more money' is too vague. Maybe 'I'd like to save more month to month' or 'try not to waste my paycheck' can be easier to visualize, as well as easier to measure and ultimately more likely to be achieved.
2. Lack of mindset.
It's all very well to say 'I'm fed up with this job and this year I'm going to change', but if you don't really see yourself in the new job, and in fact you're not clear about what you want that new position to be like, your mind won't see it.. Whatever your goal is, your mind must be totally convinced of what you want and that you are going for it.
3. Moving in grayscales.
As it is commonly said 'until we see the wolf's ears' many times we don't do things. How many people who have never managed to quit smoking do not succeed in quitting until a pathology associated with their habit is detected? In order to achieve our goals we must work with black and white, not with gray, because otherwise, our determination will wane..
Thus, quitting smoking will be just as motivating if we visualize it from the best that quitting this habit will bring us (we will save money, we will be able to do sports without drowning, probably our health tests will improve, etc.) as from the worst of keeping it (it is very likely that I will have a Heart attack, I am wasting money that I could invest in other things, I will still not even be able to play a little soccer with my son because I drown, etc.).
4. Loss of focus
This reason is closely related to the lack of mentality. You have to be completely focused on the goal in order to achieve it.. The path to reach our goal is within the maremagnum of a day to day full of obligations (work, home, children...) and distractions (watching TV, social networks, meeting with friends...) that are often used as excuses to put aside the goal to achieve.
If you want to focus fully on a purpose, include it as an 'obligation' in your daily life. At first you will see it as something obligatory, but little by little it will become routine, it will be something natural and you will find room for it without any problem in your daily chores.
5. Lack of support
A goal is something very personal and most of the time it is set in one's head but it is not shared, which makes it more difficult, and almost impossible, to achieve it. Sharing it with family and close friendsThe best way to achieve this is to make their definition clear, and even involve them to some extent, is much more positive: a accompanied path is always much easier.
Coaching: the perfect tool to achieve goals
The above list of impediments that prevent 92% of people who set a goal from achieving it, can be completely deactivated with the help of a professional coach. It should not be forgotten that the basis of coaching is to take a subject from point A or current state to point B or desired state, which proves that they are the most capable professionals to guide people to achieve their goals.
That's right, do not go looking for a coach to tell you and make you do what you must do to achieve your goal.. Their job is to help you detect and teach you how to break down the impediments that prevent you from reaching your goal.
In short, the coach's job is to guide you to discover 'the secrets' of those 8% of individuals who do achieve the goals they set for themselves:
- Titan Mentality: focus completely and absolutely on what you want.
- Wisdom Purpose: be clear that our purpose goes beyond satisfying our EGO alone, it is bigger than ourselves.
- Analytical planning: draw a definite and measurable plan of the steps to follow.
- Action: do, do and do continuously.
As there are as many goals as there are desires and people, coaching is a profession that has enormous potential. Remember that at D'Arte Human & Business School we offer you certified and quality training to become an agent of change capable of achieving your own goals while guiding others to achieve theirs.
(Updated at Mar 28 / 2023)