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Often people state “I’m just lazy” or “I’m unmotivated” when they are unsuccessful. Yet, most of the time, the problem isn’t laziness, but lack of understanding about how to achieve goals. For instance, I believe that much of the problem the American people have with weight control is related to inability to set goals. Oh, we can set goals alright! We can set them until the cows come home. But if we don’t set goals properly we are unlikely to be successful. For instance, I hear people all the time “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in the next two weeks” or “I’m going to exercise an hour a day” or “I’m going to limit myself to 1200 calories a day” or some combination of these statements in attempts to manage weight. However, even though they might achieve these goals over the short-term, any long-term change is unlikely. They will revert to old habits with resignation sighing, “I’m unmotivated. I’ll never be able to lose weight.”
The same problem can occur in the work setting: “If only I could get organized, I would be more successful at work.” Or in sports: “I just don’t stick with things. I give up too easily.” Again, the problem is likely to be problems with setting goals. We tend to set goals that are unreasonable, perfectionistic, and unachievable. You may question this statement, “What do you mean unachievable? I see people achieving these goals all the time.” Which is true. However, most likely they achieved their goals by following some of the principles I discuss below.