How often do you meet your goals? According to statistics, only 8% of people achieve the goals they set for themselves.
And yet we keep setting them on a yearly basis. Why?
Because we were told it’s a nice thing to do. Or that all successful people set goals.
But here’s the challenge with goal-setting: It has become more like a wishy washy kind of thing.
For most people, they don’t think about it before setting their goal. As a result, it holds no true value or meaning to them.
Therefore, there’s no compelling force to follow through; and there’s nothing (or no one) to keep them accountable if they don’t achieve those goals.
What to do instead.
Rather than setting goals, start making promises.
You see, psychologically speaking, the word “Promise” is a trigger word that is treated differently in society.
People don’t just randomly go about making promises all over the place.
When you make a promise or give your word to someone, you think so much about it before making that commitment. You don’t just make promises cos you know that you’ll be held by your word & you can’t break your word.
Think about it.
Will you ever break a promise to your son except there’s a great emergency? Will you ever cancel a client meeting except it’s absolutely impossible to do otherwise?
When you make a promise to your kids, you fulfill it. Cos you know you can’t lie to them.
When you tell a friend or client to meet you at 6 pm, you do everything you can to be present for that meeting at that time.
Unless there’s a big emergency that is completely unforeseen and outside of your control, you fulfill your promises.
Cos you can’t break your word — that’ll be selling your honor.
Why then do we find it so easy to break the promises we make to ourselves in the form of goals? It’s because we don’t understand them to be promises.
And so I invite you today: Rather than setting (almost) meaningless goals that will never be achieved except 8% of times, start making promises.
Make promises to your kids, your family, your friends, and your clients.
But most importantly, make a promise to yourself.
And keep it.