An analysis of 88 studies published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that a strong predictor of goal attainment and success was directly connected to how people perceived themselves. The study, which included over 26,000 participants, found that those with a greater success rate in achieving goals possessed higher levels of self-confidence.
Making lasting changes in one's life can be challenging, and not everyone who engages with self-help, workbooks, or coaching will achieve the results they are looking for. Studies have shown that the success of these approaches often depends on the individual's readiness and willingness to change, how they perceived themselves, as well as the quality and effectiveness of the specific approach being used.
Setbacks and challenges are a normal part of the process of personal growth and change. Individuals should realize that it is common to experience both successes and failures along the way. More importantly, change takes time and effort. At the heart of it all? Perception of self to progress, change, and live the life desired.