Most Popular Goals

Currently, the most popular goals people have identified according to Wikipedia are:

  • Lose Weight
  • Get out of Debt
  • Save Money
  • Get a Better Mark on the Report Card (such as 90% up)
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn something new
  • Eat Right
  • Get a Better Education
  • Drink less Alcohol
  • Reduce Stress
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others
  • Be Less Grumpy
  • Be more independent

Success Rate
According to Wikipedia, recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals.

Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, a system where small measurable goals are used (lose a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

My research shows they didn’t come to before they started working toward their goal! And notice how many of the goals listed above followed even the most basic rules of goals? Not very many.

Summary of key points:

  1. Alot of people pursue similar goals
  2. Unless they get assistance or specific techniques, only 12% of people achieve their goals.
  3. 22% of men reached their goals when they engaged in goal setting, even without using the proven techniques and resources described here