Now’s the time for making resolutions. For setting the goals you’re determined to achieve this year. But do you feel like you’re always chasing rainbows? Resigned to a life less fulfilling that you anticipated? Well sadly you’re not alone because according a a recent survey, half of us Brits claim to have failed to make our dreams a reality.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some of may just ‘not yet’ have achieved that golden goal of eternal happiness. Researchers took an in-depth look in to the dreams and aspirations of the nation and discovered that while half said they had failed to make their dreams come true – a further 85 percent say they have yet to fulfill long-term ambitions.
In fact, according to the poll, the average Brit spends exactly 37 minutes a day dreaming about what could have been (that’s more than nine days a year!) – and has wasted an average of £7,063 chasing dreams which never actually came to fruition.
The study of 5,000 Britons by smartphone manufacturer Huawei, found a staggering 83% of us harbour dreams of travelling the world but have never got around to it. A further 57% of us long to start our own business, while a further 41% have always wished to go on to further education and achieve a masters, or PhD.
Sadly, more than two thirds of those who took part in the study said they are not living up to their full potential, with a lack of money the biggest stumbling block for Brits. Lacking confidence, family commitments, and a lack of ‘get up and go’ were excuses wheeled out to justify our failures.
Almost a quarter (21%) would love nothing more than to move abroad, while 17% dream of writing a book, but have never actually got round to putting pen to paper.
However, a significant number of respondents – 77% – are planning to pursue their dreams in 2018. Phew, we were starting to give up hope ourselves!
The research uncovered top ambitions to be starting a business, becoming a famous photographer or film maker, and undertaking an extreme challenge such as sky diving, bungee jumping or climbing a mountain. Almost a fifth of us aspire to run, and complete, a marathon in our lifetime.
But while big dreams dominate, 77% of us would admit that simply improving our health and fitness levels would be a dream come true.
Almost a half of those polled (45%) said they would quit their job tomorrow if they were financially secure enough.