Imagine yearning for 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 an employee showed up to work once every two weeks and didn’t last the whole shift. That’s like if your spouse came home from work one week after not coming home from work for three months in a row. Not exactly reliable. But some people yearn for this rate of reliability.
If it were anything else in life, stocks, a company, a job, a relationship, with a minimum 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 try to 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-resolutions-why-experts-say-no/ . Think about that. Four percent or less of the populace gets outcomes by virtue of making product goals and resolutions. ALLEGEDLY. I say allegedly for two reasons. One, because this statistic doesn’t include long term maintenance results, mind you. Two, because it turns out any product successes are probably PROCESS goal-setters after all.
That 4% statistic is simply for arrivals. If we run the tape forward 2, 5, or 10 years, uglier numbers emerge. So what we’re really talking about is maybe a 1% success rate even after adding sample bias and ignoring the long term.
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. We only succeed through process goal-setting anyway.
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?
Time to reform.