Many people have great dreams, including the Dutch. Think about moving house or making a big trip, for example. However, research has shown that about 79 percent of the people living in the Netherlands postpone their dreams for the long haul. Why is this?
A study on procrastination behavior
A study on procrastination behavior by Lotto led to some interesting results. The organization decided to do a research on the dreams and ambitions of people because it celebrates its 45th anniversary in September. The research was done by agency Team Four. It sees this special anniversary as a good benchmark. The motto of Lotto is ‘Don’t let your fate lie’, so that’s also a good reason. Main question was: what are the dreams and ambitions of people and to what extent do they realize them? The research counted a total of 1702 respondents between the age of 18 and 75.
What score do you give your life?
Of course most people would rather not postpone their great dreams and ambitions. The fact that they do makes their lives less fun than people who make their dreams come true.
The Dutch who aren’t bothered by procrastination gave their lives a score of 7.8, which is better than the 7.3 of people who abandon their fate, or put in the long haul.
Many people love to travel, so it’s not surprising that about 55 percent of the respondents wants to make a big trip in the (near) future. There are several kinds of ways they like to travel, such as a cruise or a trip with a motorhome. The second place when it comes to dreams and ambitions is following a course (32 percent), before more exercise, losing weight or other things that are related to physical activities or the body (31 percent).
What are the reasons to postpone?
The most important question is: why do people postpone their dreams ambitions? As you might guess, a lack of money is the main reason. Many Dutch people struggle with this, namely 46 percent. Other priorities (46 percent) play a role as well, while 34 percent of the respondents simply don’t have the energy to make their ambitions reality.
Where do the happiest Dutch people live?
The Lotto also wondered in which Dutch province the happiest inhabitants live. If you want to be happy, Zeeland is the place to be. More than nine out of ten people living here say that they’re happy with their lives. The Zeelanders give their live a score of 7.7, while the Dutch overall give their lives a 7.4.