Would you invest in something that fails 92% of the time? Yes you would. At least, that’s your answer if you do New Year’s Resolutions or product goals. If it were anything else in life, stocks, a company, a job, a relationship, with a 92% fail rate, you’d at least think of some alternative route. But with resolutions, for some reason, people just keep lining up to invest in the exact same way over and over again.
Almost half of people run their lives with product goalsetting, while, OF those that do, about 8% achieve the product goal: https://thehiresolution.net/the-futility-of-most-new-years…/ . Think about that. Four percent or less of the populace gets outcomes by virtue of making product goals and resolutions. Clearly, with a percent that low, it isn't the goalsetting which causes the success at all. This statistic doesn’t include long term maintenance results, mind you. Those are simply arrivals. If we run the tape forward 2, 5, or 10 years, uglier numbers emerge.
Are you paying attention yet?
Classical New Year’s resolutions are a one-way ticket to Failsville. And I know you already booked your trip; but it‘s time to cancel.
In fact, when we interview success stories, we find that the product goal was incidental. The successful person had immersed herself in a process, and that process happened to dovetail with the stated product. Thus, we discover that no one achieves via product goal-setting. No one. We only succeed through process goal-setting.
So then, what’s the process you’re working? What allotments does it make for WHO you are? When you “messed up already,” how will you reorganize the process in order to improve outcomes?
Or, you can go after something which works 8% of the time. That’s not an 8% return on investment, friends. That’s like if for every 100 times you had to drive some place, your car’s engine fired up 8 times and didn’t malfunction on the drive. That’s like if you showed up to work once every two weeks and didn’t last the whole day. That’s like if your spouse came home from work one week after not coming home from work for three months in a row.
Pretty reliable system, right? Time to reform.