Goal setting – is it necessary?
Goal setting and the importance of goals will set the stage for an active results-driven journey.
Speaking with one of my clients the other day revealed her dissatisfaction with the current direction of her life. She was unhappy with her career path, her personal life wasn’t doing any better either. “I feel like I have no purpose”, she said.
When I asked her about her goals, she seemed rather shocked and surprised. Where do you see your life and career in a few years? I asked.
Amazingly she knew the answers to the questions and quickly went on to discuss her desire to start her own business.
We shared a few ideas and actions she would need to take to accomplish her goal as well as things she would have to change.
After our session together, she felt much better about her job because she didn’t feel stuck in it. She decided to take the necessary steps in preparation for her long-term goal.
She became focused, determined and confident that she could accomplish anything, this energized and motivated her.
That’s the awesome power of goals.
What are your goals?
Here are nine reasons why you need to have goals.
1. Goals give direction in life
2. Goals help reinforce certainty in life
3. Goal setting allows us to direct our life — not others, not fate, etc.
4. Goals inspire and motivate
5. Goals keep you focused and on track
6. Having a goal reduces stress and anxiety
7. Having a goal helps overcome procrastination
8. Goals give purpose to your life
9. Achieving your goal gives a sense of accomplishment
Goals motivate and inspire
To live without direction may be fun in the short-term, nevertheless, in the long-term, we are wired for the need for purpose and direction. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life.
Often without realizing it, we allow others to set our direction for us. Furthermore many jobs are taken because we are pointed in that direction by family or friends.
We allow media, peer pressure or the present culture to dictate our path in life. Indeed if we do not set our own goals we will find it too easy to follow a path set by others.
Undoubtedly this can lead to stress, discouragement and unhappiness. In contrast, we have a greater chance of happiness and fulfilment following our own path and pursuing our own goals.
Furthermore, goals also provide the motivation to get us through difficult times and choices.
Working two jobs and studying for a degree can be stressful and difficult in the short-term. However, being able to pursue the professional goals we desire will make it worthwhile.
Our goals serve as the destination for what we really want out of life.
Goals are different for everyone, for some, its money and material goods, for others it’s freedom and time.
If our goals are not designed around our unique perspective it’s easy to become sidetracked by life.
Finally, goals give you a measurable sense of accomplishment.
Every goal you achieve, in fact, every step you take toward that goal, can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep going.
Each success powers you toward the next level of success.
Do you have a goal for the future?