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Top 5 Reasons Why Employees Don’t Set Goals.

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I’ve been doing a series on goal setting and planning because it’s end of the year and the vibe is on.

You see the average person trying to show the world what he’s made in 2019… Black Friday impulsive spending just happened about four weeks ago in shoprite… Everywhere was packed.

Finally, we’re waiting for 2020. Everyone is excited about the new year but how many are ready for it?

We tend to forget that

A new year is nothing but a promise of change. Things will not necessarily get better. But they will not remain the same either.

Yet, few employees are setting goals that will affect their work and life. And can I tell you what 2020 is full of?… time and change not trout and chocolates.

So, how do you control it? How do we as employee think we’ll control these constants?

If we know that time and change will come then the best strategy is to set goals. Goals give you direction and control.

Research says just barely 3% of the population set goals. But why?

Fear of failure of setting goals.
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One of the goals I set when I was a teenager is that I want to play for Manchester United. However, the best I’ve done is watch all their matches on TV. Lol…

Have I felt stupid? Yes! Have I stopped setting goals? No! Why? I figured out that life goes on whether I achieve my goals or not.

I know you didn’t achieve certain things in your work place. I didn’t too. For example, I couldn’t start my podcast for teens. I’ve pushed it into 2020.

Will I stop setting goals for 2020 because I’m afraid it’ll fail?

Here’s a view of what I’m working on already:

List of 2020 goals
Personal 2020 Goals

Can I tell you this:

You only lose when you stop trying.

Psquare, one of Nigeria’s top musician sang a song that says: E no easy for me, if I no get today I go get am tomorrow (If I don’t have it today, I’ll have it tomorrow).

This should be the mindset. If your previous goals failed, try again wisely.

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How many of us knew how to set goals while in school?

Brian Tracy, in a post, mentioned goal setting as the number 1 habit of successful people. So if as an employee, I don’t set goals because I don’t know how, what are my odds of being successful?

Like I said earlier, most of us were not taught – neither in school nor at home.

Thus, it’ll be wrong to blame you if you don’t know how. But if you refuse to learn how to, then I will.

You can read here, How to Set Goals.

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Gavin Ingham, who’s a speaker and author says it this way:

In today’s society, we want everything now. We are living in an instant gratification, ‘short-termist’ culture. If we want something we buy it. Never mind whether we have the money or not, if we want something we borrow the cash and get it. Now! People are really focused on now… live now, pay later. Live now, worry about it later.

Greed and impatience make us see goal setting as a waste of time. The stats for gambling is increasing by the day. And one of the reasons is this thirst for it’s either now or never.

Employees want money now. Not tomorrow. She wants to be born today, attend school tomorrow. Graduate on Wednesday, get engaged on Thursday. Do bridal shower on Friday, marry on Saturday… My dear, how?

You only see that in Cinderella movies. Yet, thanks to Disney World for showing us that Cinderella gets injured too. Goals need patience!

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(This means, some day, it’ll be good). I’m a Nigerian and I know deep in my heart that this is one of the ways we escape responsibility for our lives.

While I like the hope it stirs, I hate the complacency it creates in the minds of those who have refused to think and take action.

I read this by Joe Rossini on ehappylife.com

If you don’t take full responsibility for everything that happens to you, but rather find someone, something or some event to blame for every setback or failure, you cannot take the first step toward goal setting.

Believing in luck is not a strategy. Set goals and go to work in 2020.

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I think this should be the first reason.

How many employees have a personal compelling vision for their lives? How many are working beyond just earning? Earning money is good but can we go beyond that?

I’m an employee and I understand the challenges of the average Nigerian employee.

But see, when vision drives your life, no one tells you to look up to something greater than just your belly.

Amongst the 5 reasons, which of them affects you the most?

2020 is barely 16 days from now.

Do you know you can determine certain things that will happen in your life in 2020 with simple goals?

“The only way,” Myles Munroe said, “to control time and change is to plan.”

Plan with your goals. Sure I know there are things you can’t plan or control. Yet, do your part and keep hope alive.


Just few days to HAPPY New Year and so what?

After seeing the movie, Invictus, I got a better understanding of the life of His Excellency, Nelson Mandela (Madiba).

He understood how First Things First work so well that he showed his attention was on the unity of the nation of SA and nothing else.

That was a compelling vision that drove him until his death. He was so influential he could call Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II by her first name.

2020 is just barely 26 days from now and I want to ask: Do you have your goals ready? What will direct your life more in 2020? What happened in 2019 that you regret so well about? What do you want to see change in 2020?

Stephen Covey had to mention this about the lives of many:

The truth is this: we want to do lots of things and that time is not there. Few know how to keep what’s major major and what’s minor minor.

In our usual brief style, we’ll see the book FIRST THINGS FIRST in 12 Points, 12 Quotes and 12 Questions.

THE POINTS (This time, I’ll do it in 12 words)

Have a vision which controls your goals and review your life periodically.


“The Enemy of the best is the good.

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.

Where there’s no gardener, there’s no garden.

It’s easy to say no when there’s a deeper yes burning inside.

Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

Anytime we think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem.

It is that a meaningful life is not a matter of speed or efficiency. It’s much more a matter of what you do and why you do it, than how fast you get it done.

More important than how fast you’re going, is where you’re headed. Goals that are connected to our inner life have the power of passion and principle.

The wisdom literature of thousands of years of history repeatedly validates the reality that the greatest fulfillment in improving ourselves comes in our empowerment to more effectively reach out and help others. Quality of life is inside-out.


1. What is your life’s vision?

2. Do you have a long term goal? (It mustn’t be 20 years or 30. It can be 5 or 10).

3. If you do, can you review it today or soon before 2020 comes on?

4. Can you also write down from that long term goal things you’ll accomplish in 2020?

5. If you don’t have a long term goal, can you get a materiel or this book to help you with that?

6. Does your goals include these areas of life – finance, spiritual, career/business, relationship and health?

7. What areas, as an employee, will you want to grow personally in 2020?

8. Are there books you’ll like to study in 2020?

9. What if you buy a course for 2020 or download certain videos from YouTube in 2020?

10. Do you have names of three people you’ll like to meet in 2020 and maybe those you’ll news to spend less time with?

11. When you die, what would you want to be remembered for?

12. What will you begin to do in 2020 to move in that direction?

First Things First is an important read for a time like this. Remember, your life outcomes will be as a result of your decisions.

Get on it and begin to create 2020 now!


Book review of The ONE Thing by Gary Keller.
Book Review

In 12 points, 12 quotes and 12 questions, you’ll learn a whole lot from the book.


  1. Extraordinary success is sequential not simultaneous. There’s a challenge: life doesn’t line up everything for us accordingly. And that’s why successful people line up what their life is about around their priorities.
  2. The maxim that everything matters equally is a big lie and a thief to being effective in life.
  3. Multitasking is also a stain. It’s not as effective as we think. Do one thing at a time.
  4. Focus on selective discipline instead of self discipline. Give one habit time before going in for another.
  5. Your will power can be weak. So, learning to use it yo your advantage can make a whole difference.
  6. Living a balanced life is a myth too. The idea is this, at each points of our lives, we must decide what is important and give it full attention.
  7. Stop the small thinking. Open your mind and think big. Act big and get the big results over time.
  8. The questions you ask in life determines the direction you move.
  9. “Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce.”
  10. Learn to live by priority. Everything does not deserve equal attention. Learn to live for productivity.
  11. Learn to follow the path of mastery and live a purposeful life that makes you stick to what you see until you achieve it. Also learn to be accountable for your life.
  12. Success is an inside job, not an external show.

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Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now – Alan Lakein

Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there – Josh Billings

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world – Og Mandino

There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be most important – Ross Garner

No one succeeds alone. No one – Authors

The ONE Thing becomes difficult because we’ve unfortunately bought into too many others – Authors

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

The majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do – Authors

It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have – Authors

You can become successful with less discipline than you think, for one simple reason: success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right… When you do the right thing, it can liberate you from having to monitor everything – Authors

… it would be accurate to say that we fail our way to success. Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold. And see just how big you can blow up your life – Authors

Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it – Authors

Questions from the book The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
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  • “What’s the one thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
  • Are the things you’re doing today a priority for you or a priority for others?
  • What’s your one thing? (Use this to develop a vision for your life, career and everything).
  • What’s your “the one thing” now? (Use this to follow through with your daily priorities.)
  • What are you currently giving time to that’s not relevant to your “one thing”?
  • Who are the persons that increase you when you spend time with them?
  • Are you spending more time with them?
  • What do you want to master?
  • What are you doing everyday to be a master at it?
  • When you fail in the line of your personal vision, do you blame it on others or you accept responsibility and keep moving?
  • Do you think it’s possible to have a balanced life? Or what does having a balanced life mean to you?
  • Between your personal development and the economy, which do you think affects your success the most?

Get on these questions and see where you need make any adjustments. Next week Friday, we’ll have another book that’ll help you focus and build your personal brand.

You can buy The ONE Thing by Gary Keller now.