Before we talk about why it’s important to set goals for yourself, let me ask you a question… Are you a goal-setter, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person?
Goal setters tend to create a plan for their lives and stick to it, even to the point of going overboard sometimes. Like when they know they should make a change, but it deviates from what they’ve planned so they won’t do it.
On the other hand, there is a whole group of people who have never considered writing down their goals. I used to be in that camp until I started bullet journaling a couple of years ago.
I’m still not a diehard, stick to the plan at all costs person, but let me tell you, finding a happy medium between the two wasn’t easy. But, it’s a good idea for a few reasons. When you create short-, medium-, and long-term goals for your life, you are really setting out your intentions. And we know that setting intentions is an important step in our self-growth and our success.
Here are four more reasons why it’s important to set goals for yourself.
You’ll be more focused
Setting goals gives you something to focus on. And, if you’ve ever had one of those days that just flies by without seeming to have accomplished much of anything, you have a pretty good idea of what a life without focus would be like. Drifting through life without a plan will likely lead you to wondering why you didn’t manage to accomplish more.
If you set aside some time to create a plan for what you want to achieve now and over the next few years, you’ll find you’re better able to regain focus. You’ll also have less days when you spend the whole day thinking about what you need to be doing.
Having a target to focus on gives you the structure you need to be the success you can be.
You’ll get better results
While it’s true that goal setting isn’t absolutely necessary for achieving something, it sure makes it a heck of a lot easier. Sure, you can have tons of success without creating goals for yourself. But, what you need to know about why goals are important is this…
Goals give you a definable target by which you can track your progress. You’ll get better results overall because the focus you get from having goals allows you to stretch further. You can see how far you’ve come because you have targets you’re aiming for, and will ultimately hit and surpass.
You’ll be more motivated
Motivation is a tricky thing. No matter how much you may logically understand the need to accomplish something or to finish a task; your mind will often play tricks on you that keep you from taking the actions necessary. The reason for this is most likely due to the fact that you are being motivated by factors outside yourself such as meeting a client’s deadline or your goal is so far in the future, you can’t see the finish line.
In order to give your motivation some much-needed oomph, you’ll want to make it more meaningful and internal to yourself. Internal motivations are the things that matter most to you and that will have a profound effect on your life. It’s important that you set goals that are personally relevant, since this increased the likelihood that you’ll actually be motivated to do what’s necessary to achieve them.
You’ll stretch yourself
Simply put, setting goals for yourself allows you to stretch the limits of your personal growth.
You don’t grow if you don’t change something. When you don’t have any concret goals to strive for, milestones to meet or targets to surpass, then you’re not growing. At best you’re coasting through life and you’re nowhere near living the best life you possible can.
Whether the goals you set are business related or wellness related or family related, setting them and working toward achieving them is important for your own personal growth and well-being. Just the act of writing them down will give the nudge you need to start working toward making them a reality.
I hope you can see now why it’s important to set goals for yourself. Setting goals comes with so many benefits, not the least of which is that it motivates you to focus on the direction your life is going. When you create a plan for your future with measurable goals and milestones along the way, you’re taking the first step in turning your thoughts into actions. And, as the saying goes… Dreams don’t work unless you do.
What’s your goal for this year? Share in the comments if you dare… You’ll find my big goal posted in the first comment.