The Number One Reason You’re Not Accomplishing Your Goals

The new year has passed, January over, and if you’re like everyone else that set a new year’s resolution, your resolution has come and gone too.

Why You're not Accomplishing Goals - No Compelling Reason

According to, 98% of people are not successful in achieving their resolution. That is a dramatic statistic. Only a 2% success rate! It begs the question, why?

Why are only 2% of people successful in achieving their resolution? Is it because the goal wasn’t important? Is it because the goal was boring? Of course not. When we set a goal we set it because it’s something we want to achieve, it’s something interesting to us.

But if it’s something we want and it’s something interesting, why don’t we accomplish it? I would suggest to you that the biggest reason we don’t accomplish our new years resolution – or any goal for that matter is because we don’t have a compelling reason to accomplish it.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a compelling reason to accomplish it. It means we haven’t stopped to figure out what the compelling reason is. We need to establish why we want to accomplish the goal.

If the goal is to:

  • Lose 10lbs – why?
  • Exercise every day – why?
  • Stop smoking – why?
  • Save X dollars – why?
  • Train / run mini-marathon – why?
  • Spend more time with family or a family member – why?

Everyone knows that it’s good for us to lose weight, exercise, stop smoking, etc… But for some reason, when we set those goals, we forget that they will be challenging. They’re going to be hard!

We dream about what it will be like when we accomplish the goal. But when we set the goal we almost never consider the challenge that lies ahead. It doesn’t take long to come face to face with it though, does it? Everyone is gung-ho about their goal when they start, but we quickly taper off and figure out that it’s going to take work to accomplish the goal, not just grandiose dreams.

That’s why we need a compelling reason for accomplishing the goal. When we meet the challenging part, we will have a reason to push forward. When we are struggling and asking, ‘Why am I doing this to myself?”, we will already have the answer.

I don’t want to lose 10lbs just to lose 10lbs. I want to lose it because:

  • I will feel better
  • I will be healthier
  • My husband / wife will like the way I look
  • I will look better in a swim suit

I don’t want to train for a mini-marathon just to train for it. I want to train for it because:

  • I love the way I feel when I’m in mini-marathon shape
  • My life feels more ordered when I am involved in a regular training program
  • Because it makes my friends jealous

The compelling reasons can be anything you want them to be. Just make the reasons enough to get you through the challenges. If the reasons aren’t enough to get you through the tough spots then either the goal was too big or you simply don’t have enough reason to accomplish it.

I’ll write more on this in another post, but once you have your goal in mind and your compelling reason, write them down. Write the goal and the reason for accomplishing the goal down and put it somewhere you will see it…often.

I think you will be surprised at how much more successful you are at accomplishing your goals.

Question: What’s your goal and your compelling reason for accomplishing it? Let us know in the comments below.

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