Mental Edge Monday Topic #14: When do people fail? No, that is not a typo in the headline. I want to explore the “when” versus the “why” people fail in reaching their goals. We are all too familiar with the conventional reasons why most people fail to follow-through on goals – laziness, lack of willpower, unrealistic goals, lack of knowledge on how to reach their goal, etc. I’ve become fascinated not by the “why”, but the “when.” Of course, these two notions are interrelated, but the “when” gives us a much more granular level of insight into the psychology behind failure. Let me propose a fictitious person/scenario to explore this concept further. Here are some assumptions: Name: John (married, 1.5 kids, 38 yrs old) Occupation: web developer (8am-6pm, 5 days a week) Exercise: occasionally (when he can squeeze it in) Eating habits: mediocre Goal: lose 15-20 lbs before his H.S
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Mental Edge Monday: When do people fail?