If you feel a little discouraged by the words “goal setting”, you’re not alone. You’ve probably had to set goals in school and were completely turned off by the idea of setting goals ever again. Just as with anything that you’ve learned the wrong way, you don’t look forward to using it once again…
I felt the same way.
We don’t take goal setting very serious due to the lousy goals we’ve had to set in the past that we never stuck with anyway.
How discouraging, right?
Maybe you set some personal goals for yourself as well. A new year’s resolution for example.
How long did you stick with it?
Most of us don’t understand the importance of goal setting and how to set goals properly because you’ve not learned WHY you set goals in the first place.
Why Goal Setting Has Never Worked
If you’re ambitious about your possibilities in life, you need goals. There’s no way around it.
The reason why you’ve never been able to stick with a goal is that it didn’t mean enough to you.
You were missing real importance for why you wanted to achieve this goal. Your desire was simply too low or not there at all.
First, you must increase your desire and find out why you want to achieve this goal in the first place.
Then, understand that not setting goals decreases the chance of achieving success in your life.
Let’s take a look at 3 massive reasons to set goals for personal growth in any area of your life.
Reason #1 – Goals Give You Direction
Let’s say that you’re the captain of a ship. If you don’t have a destination, you simply float around. Where are you going?
You cannot direct yourself if you don’t have a destination. Most people live their life like this. There’s nothing to sail towards to.
But if you’re clear about the destination, you can set course to get there.
Goals work exactly like that. Goals give you the direction and now you can make sure you stay on course.
Just as destinations can change, so can goals. This means that the excuse of not willing to commit because you aren’t sure if this is the right goal is obsolete.
In fact, committing yourself to a certain destination brings joy with it. Especially if you’ve got a lot of smaller goals along the way. This gives the brain that little dopamine rush of ticking the boxes when you achieve goals.
Reason #2 – Goals Help You Focus
One of the biggest reasons why people fail to achieve what they set out for is because they lose focus.
People are easily distracted by other tasks that are less important and less urgent.
Have you ever noticed that the more important and difficult the task, the easier it is for you to become distracted? And the more you get distracted, the harder it becomes to get back to it.
I’m sure you’ve been researching something in the past. You looked over the internet for some good articles about the topic. Half an hour passes by before you realize that you’ve spent the last 20 minutes looking at some clothes you maybe want to buy.
This example is very simplistic but on-point. When I look back at my own life this happens quite often. It becomes harder to get back to the original topic.
With the huge amount of information that’s available to us, it’s easy to become distracted. You’ll never get rid of the distractions that are on your path.
The ability to get back on track helps you towards your success. Affirming and reviewing your goals constantly is going to keep you on track.
Reason #3 – Admittance In Being Dissatisfied
Dissatisfaction isn’t a bad thing, as long as you’re willing to change it. It’s actually very mature to be able to admit that you’re dissatisfied and that you’re willing to change.
Goal setting helps you to realize that you’re currently dissatisfied. Otherwise, why would you set this goal in the first place?
Dissatisfaction can be your greatest motivator towards reaching your goal. It can be the reason why you want to change, as discussed earlier.
It’s difficult to admit that you’re dissatisfied with your situation. Being completely honest with yourself requires courage. Setting goals helps you with this process.
Bonus Reason – Goals Design Your Life
If you’re not convinced yet, let’s listen to what Jim Rohn says about setting goals.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
What’s Your Reason To Set Goals?
You don’t have to get crazy with the concept of goal setting. A simple goal like losing weight or gaining more income next year would be a great starting point.
But you need to know WHY this goal is important to you.
The next step is to create goals that truly empower you. To make sure your goals drive you, make your goal SMART.
If you don’t want to settle for a mediocre life, share with us in the comments what your goal is for the next 6 months.