Why Is It Important To Have Goals? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will share 7 reasons why it is important to have goals. I think it’s time to start a new chapter. We all know #Covid-19 is not going away just yet, and I feel it’s time we change our mindset and try to move on and get ready for life after the pandemic. We don’t know what the future holds, but it’s always good to have a positive mindset and plan.
What Are Your Goals?
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine. She had been out from private coaching for a few years now, doing things independently but hadn’t made much progress in her business since finishing my program. She’s not too happy with her personal life either. Her voice developed more than a touch of whine as she said: “I don’t know what to do.”
So I asked her about her goals. Her response was a rather slack-jawed look of surprise. “Goals?” Well, at least she wasn’t whining anymore. I asked her what she would like to see in her career in a few years. I asked her where she’d like to see her life in a few years. She knew the answers to those questions and quickly became animated as she discussed her desire to start her own business. We talked about what she would need to accomplish her goal and what she would have to change.
When we parted ways, she felt a lot better about her business because she knew she wasn’t trapped. She was taking a necessary step to prepare herself for a long-term goal. She had her eye on the prize, and that focus energised her.
That is the power of goals.
Why It Is Important To Have Goals
To give direction to life.
While it can be fun to live without direction in the short term, human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction in the long term. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life.
To make sure we are the ones choosing the direction of our life — not others, not fate, not the media, etc.
It is often easy to let others set our direction 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 do not set our own goals, we will find it too easy to follow a path set by others. This can lead to stress and unhappiness. We have a greater chance of happiness and fulfilment following our path and pursuing our own goals.
While goals certainly give our lives direction, they also motivate us to get through difficult times and choices. Perhaps going to college at night while working full-time may be stressful and difficult in the short term, but in the long run, being able to pursue the professional goals we desire will make it worthwhile.
To make sure we get what we want from life.
Goals also serve as the destination for what we 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. If we do not have goals outlined that suit our unique perspective on life, it is easy to become sidetracked by life and others.
To save time
Goals can also help save time. When your “To Do” list becomes too long and your calendar too full, then you can compare your goals to the list. What items help you achieve your goal? What items are necessary for your goal? Scratch off the rest as unimportant.
To reduce stress
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 choices. Should you take that new position at work? How does it match your goals?
To give a sense of accomplishment.
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.
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Now go out and set your goals!