Let’s get straight to the point. Some people are natural goal setters, others can’t see the point, don’t like it. But there are 8 key reasons why being a goal setter is a GREAT thing!
- To give direction to life
- To ensure it’s us that is choosing our direction – not others, not fate, not the media …
- To motivate us!
- To make sure we get what we want from life
- To save time
- To reduce stress
- To give a sense of accomplishment
- To help us grow bigger
While it can be fun to live without direction in the short-term, in the long-term human beings are wired for purpose and direction. Goals offer a sense of direction and purpose to life.
It is important to tap into what is right for us as individuals. It is too easy to let others set our path for us. We take a job because family or friends point us in that direction and then we follow the dictates of our bosses. We move in other directions because popular culture or the media tells us to do so. The simple truth is that if we don’t set our own goals then we will find it too easy to follow a path set by others. This can lead to stress and misalignment and unhappiness. We have a greater chance of happiness and fulfillment following our own path and pursuing our own goals. I call it staying in our own lane.
While goals certainly give our lives direction, they also provide the motivation to get us through difficult times and choices. Perhaps going to college at night while working full-time may be busy and difficult in the short-term, but in the long run being able to pursue the professional goals we are chasing will make it worthwhile.
Goals also serve as the destination for what we really want out of life. For some people, goals are measured in money or material goods, while for others goals are measured in time or freedom or skills. If we do not have goals outlined that suit our unique perspective on life it is easy to become sidetracked by life and others.
Goals also help save time. When your “To Do” list becomes too long and your calendar too full, then you can simply compare your goals to the list. What items help you achieve your goal? What items are necessary to your goal? Scratch off the rest as unimportant. I teach my clients to constantly be asking: “Is what I’m doing in line with where I want to be?”
Just as goals save time they also reduce stress because using your goals to focus your life and choices makes it easier to make those decisions. They become no-brainers. Should you take that new position at work? How does it line up with your ideal outcomes?
Goals give you a measurable sense of accomplishment. Every goal you achieve, in fact every step you make toward that goal, can give you a boost of energy, momentum and confidence to keep going. Each success powers you toward the next level of success. It’s a little by little thing.
Finally, goals help us grow bigger than we were yesterday. Most goals require a stretch, some planning, overcoming challenges and setbacks, pushing outside comfort zones, and commitment. All of these things build our resilience, our courage and ultimately our confidence. This is where we say that goal setting is more about the journey than the destination.
Here is the truth: the journey to achievement is not a destination, it is only a stopover to the next goal – John Patrick Hickey.
So with these 8 reasons, what’s stopping you? Go out and set some goals!!
PS Want some ideas? Here are some that myself and clients have set and achieved in the past:
- learn an instrument and get to a certain level
- run a 5k, 10k, half marathon . . .
- raise xx amount of $ for charity
- sporting goals such as cycling events, ocean swimming events
- read a certain number of books per year/month
- save xx amount of $
- plan and go on an active holiday such as vanning around your country
- gain a new certification or qualification
- sign up for volunteering and increase your impact
- grow your business by xx profit or employees
- organise x social events
- write a book or memoir
- find a community group that resonates and contribute with impact
- do a course or take lessons for general interest such as painting, singing, floristry
- increase skills in sales or social media
- and MANY MANY MORE!
If you want my help with it reach out!! It’s my favourite thing to help with!
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