The Importance of Goal Setting
Goals are what take us forward in life. They are the oxygen to our dreams. They are the first steps to every journey.
It’s very important to realize the significance and importance of goal-setting and apply this to our lives.
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life
running up and down the field and never score.”
We all can talk about our plans for hours, being caught up in our dreams of the future. Each of us wants to change something in our lives. This can be related to many aspects of our life such as family, career, sports, health, hobbies, travel and much more. All of us one way or another would like to change something, to become better and happier. And so, the first step towards this is setting a goal.
Strange as it may seem, but some people are afraid of making plans and setting clearly defined objectives. Probably, the latter are associated with something new and unexplored, with obstacles to overcome, difficulties in obtaining new knowledge and skills, with a responsibility to themselves and others, with the hard work on error correction, and with the fear of possible defeat and a shame for a failure to achieve their goals.
So, I order to dispel any possible doubts about the usefulness of setting goals, let’s see the benefits we get:
Seven Reasons You Should Set Goals
1. Goals Help You Take Control of Your Life
Many people today are sleepwalking their way through life. Even though the work hard, they don’t feel like they are getting what they want. That’s because they don’t have a direction of where they want to go, what they want to achieve. Students graduate and they’re not sure what to do with their life; adults work for years and are shocked when they realize they don’t know what to do next.
When you stop to set goals and think about what you want, you break out of auto-pilot and start living a life of your conscious creation. Instead of letting others tell you what to do, you proactively take charge and think about what you want for yourself.
2. Goals Help You Measure Progress
Being able to keep track of you progress towards achieving a goal is only possible if you set one in the first place. Being able to measure progress is extremely rewarding and will help you maintain focus, keep your head held high and your energy up. It will also help you from getting down. Sometimes, when working towards success, it’s easy to become discouraged because you don’t feel you have “arrived” yet. However, when you measure progress while working towards a specific goal, you will be able to see that though you might not be where you are wanting to get, you have made movements in the right direction and are a lot better off than where you started.
Knowing that what gets measured, gets improved. If you don’t set specific targets and milestones, how are things going to improve? There is literally nothing to work toward, and even though you may be working hard, you work may not translate into anything. As the popular saying goes,” Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Your goals propel you to take more action than you would have otherwise.
3. Goals Help Us Believe In Ourselves
Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.
Do you want to accomplish something that many people only dream about, but few people ever actually accomplish? Unless you make it a goal for yourself and work every day towards achieving it, why would you ever believe that you could accomplish it? Unless you see yourself slowly making progress, your dreams and aspirations are nothing more than vague notions floating around in your imagination.
4. Goals Help Us To Live Life To The Fullest
When you take time to set goals, you ensure that your life is geared towards getting the most of every moment. There’s so much to do and experience in life. Goals help you achieve your highest potential. Without goals, you default to a routine of activities that keeps you feeling safe and comfy each day. But this familiarity is the nemesis of growth. It prevents you from growing. It denies you from tapping into your infinite potential.
By setting goals, you set targets to strive toward. The targets make you venture in to new places and new situations that put you in to growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights.
5. Goals Keep Us Accountable
When we set clear and specific goals that are measurable, it keeps us accountable for our actions. There is no uncertainty because we know exactly what needs to be done. We become answerable to ourselves. It encourages us to commit to the 100% rule. The 100 percent rule sales, “that if you want to achieve personal success in any endeavor you must be 100 percent committed to it …Once you make a 100 percent commitment, there are exceptions.”
6. Goals Help Us Prioritize And Organize
When we have clearly established goals, we are able to prioritize and organize our lives better. This happens because our goals remind us of what we have decided is most important to us. Following through on our predetermined course of actions comes first over actions that are frivolous. It simplifies our lives greatly.
7. Goals Help Us Avoid Procrastination
Because goals are set with a specific timeframe involved, it gives us a sense of urgency and helps us to avoid procrastination. It is equivalent to setting a deadline that we have to adhere to. Since many people procrastinate, having a set of goals is powerful because it clearly states what we have to do on a short-term and long-term basis. Napoleon Hill said it best when he stated that, “A Goal is a dream with a deadline.”
Know that all things are created twice: first in the mind, then in the physical world. The mental creation happens when you set your goals. The physical creation happens when you work on your goal and bring it to life. Without the mental creation, the physical creation can’t happen. When you set your goals, you keck off the very first step to make your dreams happen, after which the next steps will follow suit.
See the next step…How to Set Goals