Ask a teenager about why they haven’t done something, and you’re bound to get a few ‘can’t be bothered’ (or ‘CBB’ in instant messaging). But it turns out that Aussie teens are great at setting goals – they just have a lot on their plate and need some support and inspiration to achieve them.
A new national study from ReachOut.com, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people, funded by Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain, shows that 81 percent of Aussie teenagers set short-or long-term goals, yet more than half of them (58 percent) give up before they’ve managed to achieve them.
What’s stopping today’s teens from reaching their fullest potential? The findings showed a combination of barriers. Teens who set goals flagged tiredness (38 percent), a lack of determination (36 percent), study or work commitments (35 percent), technology distractions (32 percent) and a lack of courage (21 percent) as some of the biggest barriers that stood in the way of achieving them.
ReachOut.com CEO Jono Nicholas says being a teenager can be very challenging to realise goals while navigating everyday issues such as relationships, study stress, and health concerns.
“At ReachOut.com, we are always looking for new ways to let young people know that it’s ok to ask for support and advice during tough times.”
Not having an inspiring role model and concern about the future are some of the other challenges that Aussie teens are facing, according to the research.
Although mum and dad are great inspirations for some Aussie teens – 24 percent of them say mum is the most inspirational person in their lives (while 23 percent of them credit dad with that badge) –one in five Aussie teens (19 percent) say there’s nobody in their lives who inspired them, and 45 percent say they’re optimistic about the future.
Nutri-Grain senior manager Jeci David said, “Teens want to live happy and healthy lives and achieve their goals. It’s finding the strength, courage and determination to achieve these goals that can sometimes be a challenge.”
Nutri-Grain will next week launch #LiveUnstoppable, a series of inspiring stories about individuals who have all overcome barriers to live unstoppable lives.
“We want to inspire teens to keep pursuing their goals, which is why we’re presenting a series of stories about amazing individuals who didn’t let anything stop them, even in the face of adversity,” David said.