With Humility Comes Achievement – New PsychTests’ Study Indicates That Goal-achievers Are More Amenable to Coaching

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New research by PsychTests.com reveals that people are more likely to achieve their goals if they are willing to accept advice, help, and criticism from others.

It takes the courage of humility to admit when you need a helping hand in achieving your goals.

What differentiates Goal-achievers and Non-achievers is their willingness to accept help and constructive criticism from others.

Non-achievers either don’t believe they have what it takes to achieve the goals they aspire to, or they expect to be able to do everything on their own - as though asking others for help will diminish the value of their success.

There have been several memorable “thank you” speeches from athletes, actors, and other award-winners. Adrien Brody’s smooch with Halle Berry after winning the Oscar for “Best Actor;” Roberto Beningni’s chair-leaping; Michael Sam’s speech that brought many to tears; and Nelson Mandela’s powerfully moving oration after winning the Nobel Peace Prize Award are just a few examples.

There is one common thread in all of these speeches, however: A sense of heartfelt gratitude to the people who helped these winners accomplish the amazing things they did. In fact, research from PsychTests indicates that it is their humbleness and willingness to accept advice, guidance, and even criticism from others that has made them a success.

After collecting data from 564 people who took the Coachability Test, researchers at PsychTests focused on two groups: Goal-achievers (those who have achieved most of the goals they have set for themselves) and Non-achievers (those who are floating through life without setting or achieving any major goals).

According to their statistics:

  • Goal-achievers are more open to coaching (score of 78 vs. 64 for Non-achievers, on a scale from 0 to 100).
  • Goal-achievers are more willing to accept criticism (score of 76 vs. 63 for Non-achievers).
  • Goal-achievers are more open to self-improvement (score of 88 vs. 71 for Non-achievers).
  • Goal-achievers are more comfortable admitting to their mistakes, failures, or weaknesses (score of 73 vs. 58 for Non-achievers).
  • Goal-achievers are more driven and perseverant (score of 91 vs. 57 for Non-achievers).
  • When goal-achievers need help, guidance, or advice, they are willing to turn to others (score of 73 vs. 61 for Non-achievers).

PsychTests research also indicates that among the Goal-achievers:

  • 89% actively seek out opportunities to learn new things (compared to 31% of Non-achievers).
  • 96% continuously look for ways to become a better person (compared to 50% of Non-achievers).
  • When they fail, 90% of goal-achievers will simply keep trying until they do succeed (compared to 25% of Non-achievers).
  • 28% find it hard to admit to others when they can’t do something on their own (compared to 50% of Non-achievers).
  • When given advice for improvement by teachers, coaches, or managers, 82% will put the guidance they receive to good use. Only 44% of Non-achievers will listen to the counsel.

“Whether a person is an athlete or a high-powered executive, there’s a good chance that somewhere along their path to greatness, they received help or guidance from someone,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests.

“Non-achievers generally run into two issues: They either don’t believe they have what it takes to achieve the goals they aspire to, or they expect to be able to do everything on their own - as though asking others for help will diminish the value of their success. So they create more struggle and obstacles for themselves than is necessary. In order to benefit from coaching, you need to be willing to put your ego aside and accept guidance and criticism, as painful as it may be. And if you want to achieve your goals, you need to be able to admit when you can’t do something on your own and need help. That’s what humility is: Having the strength and courage to admit to your faults and shortcomings.”

Want to assess your level of coachability? Go to http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3633

Professional users of this assessment (therapists, life coaches and counselors) can request a free demo of this or any other tests from ARCH Profile’s extensive battery: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/testdrive_gen_1

To learn more about psychological testing, download this free eBook: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/personality-tests-in-hr

About PsychTests.com
PsychTests.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. PsychTests.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.

PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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