If you have not been able to meet your gym goals despite persistent efforts to wake up early or hitting that running session on a summer afternoon, blame it on your personality.
According to researchers from University of Oregon, some people seem to be able to more consistently meet their goals than others, but it remained unclear if personality traits encouraged individuals to achieve long-term goals in their day-to-day lives.
Conscientiousness has long been tied with healthy behaviours.
Narrowing their focus to "planfulness", lead researcher Rita M. Ludwig and colleagues Sanjay Srivastava and Elliot T. Berkman, zeroed in on psychological processes such as mental flexibility, and a person's ability to make short-term sacrifices in pursuit of future success that contribute directly to achieving long-term goals.
"There indeed appears to be a certain way of thinking about goals that correlates with long-term progress," said Ludwig.