Why People Don’t Set Goals
Do you have goals? Better yet, do you have written goals?
If you don’t have goals, then you’re not alone. In fact, less than 3% of the population has a written set of goals, and less than 1% reviews their goals on a regular basis. Why is this, given the strong correlation between goal setting and success?
Here are several reasons that people don’t set goals:
1. They don’t realize the importance of goals.
Few people think of goal setting as a skill set that can help them achieve success in their lives. Because so few people set goals, many people don’t typically come in contact with people who do. The people around them don’t set goals, so they don’t set goals either.
2. They have not yet accepted responsibility for their lives.
It’s easy to blame circumstances, or other people, for what happens to us. If people are making excuses and blaming others, than they are not holding themselves accountable. Without the acceptance of responsibility, goal setting would be in vain, anyway.
3. They don’t know how.
Goal setting is a very important skill, and yet you won’t find even a single class in school or college on the subject. Consequently, people end up with an education that is missing one of the key ingredients of success. (As an aside, notice how we aren’t taught personal finance, either?) Consequently, even people who desire a greater level of success in their lives do not have written goals.
4. Fear of failure.
Fear of failure is the biggest single obstacle to success. Rather than viewing “temporary setbacks” as a necessary part of succeeding, we attach a negative connotation to failure. Because most people view failure as painful, and undesirable, they avoid it at all costs, even if it means giving up on their dreams. Over time, they rationalize their inaction by settling into their comfort zones.
5. Fear of success.
This fear is rooted in the belief that success (primarily material success) is bad, or undesirable because of the high cost attached to it. People who are afraid of success imagine all kinds of ways in which life would change, and are averse to the risk of such changes occurring. Interesting enough, the mere perception of those kinds of changes keeps many people from pursuing their dreams.
What’s stopping you from setting goals, and from pursuing the life of your dreams?