How many of us at the end of a year can look back and say we achieved our goals? We’ve all at some stage in our lives set New Year resolutions but statistically speaking only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. In the cold light of day, that’s a 92% failure rate! Although most of us make resolutions in the heat of the moment and probably don’t take them very seriously this is still an astounding statistic. In truth most resolutions are not even measured –“I want to lose weight”…”I want to quit smoking”. Ambitious they may be but without measurable criteria they will fizzle out and your hand on heart, honest to goodness promise to yourself leads to inevitable frustration and disillusionment because you can’t achieve or you accept a very low level of achievement to satisfy your need to justify your success. Resolutions would be easier to achieve if we set measurable resolutions – “I want to lose 20 lbs” “I want to cut down to 10 cigarettes a day”. We all desire success and when we achieve a level of success we are more readily prepared to set our goals a little higher next time. This builds confidence in not only our ability to set realistic ambitions but to succeed in reaching those ambitions.
In business, where do we stand – in the 8% success category? We’re told that we need vision, goals and objectives to achieve success and we all know about the acronyms and techniques used to set goals – remember SMART…who can forget? Trouble is we tend to do just that…with the new year on its way let’s try to be honest with ourselves and truly set goals and objectives that we can realistically achieve. This is not to decry individual or business ambition but as we’re told that we’re climbing out of recession perhaps it’s time to take stock of what the next year holds for us.
It’ll be interesting to see what the statistics say next year.