Goals are so powerful. And that’s why having them is so important. When you have goals, you feel inspired and motivated and that helps you on your journey to improvement.
There are seven reasons why you need to have goals…
1. They give direction to your life
2. To make sure you are the one choosing the direction of your life and not by influence others or the media.
3. To motivate you
4. To make sure you get what you want from life
5. To save time
6. To reduce stress levels
7. To give a sense of achievement
Although it can be fun to live carefree and without direction in the short-term, in the long-term human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction in life. And setting goals does exactly that.
It is really easy to let others set your direction for you. You may take a job because family or friends point you in that direction and then when you get to that job you follow the instructions of your bosses.
You move off your path and into the directions of others, because the media tells us to do so.
The utter truth is, that if you do not set your own goals, then you will find it too easy to follow a path set by others. That is going against your authenticity and this can lead to stress and unhappiness.
You have a greater chance of happiness and fulfilment if you follow your own path and pursue your own goals.
While goals certainly give your life direction, they also give you the motivation to get you through difficult times and choices.
For example, going to college in the evening, while working full-time may be stressful and difficult in the short-term, but in the long run you will be able to pursue the professional goals you desire and will definitely make it worthwhile.
Goals are basically the destination for what you really want out of life.
For some people, goals are measured in money or material goods, but for others, goals are measured in time or freedom. If you do not have goals that suit your unique perspective on life, it is far too easy to become side-tracked by others.
Goals help save you time.
There will be times when your "To Do" list becomes wayy too long and your calendar wayyy too full. When that happens, you can simply compare your goals to the list.
What items on the list will help you achieve your goal?
What items are vital to achieving your goal?
And cross the rest off the list as they are unimportant.
Goals also reduce stress, because using your goals to focus your life and choices, makes it much easier to make those choices.
For example, should you take that new position at work? How does it match your goals?
Finally, goals give you a measurable sense of achievement.
Every goal you achieve and every step you make toward that goal, can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep going.
Each success powers you and motivates you toward the next level of success.
Now get some paper, set your goals and inject some passion back into your life!
Come back next Monday to find out the 5 steps to goal setting success!