What are goals? A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person envisions, plans and committs to achieve. Similar to a purpose or aim…
So why is goal setting important….?
Setting goals helps to align your focus and sustain momentum in your life. Goals also help guide you towards greater success and performance in what you do.
“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or a goal” – Zig Ziglar
So below I want to share with you three reasons why your shouuld be setting goals as you go into the new year.
To take control of your life
Do you ever feel like you are just “doing” life rather than actually living life? You will find that many people are more or less sleep walking through life and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but we just seem to be going through the motions. It doesn’t mean that we don’t do what we do well, we may be excelling at what we do, but we still go through life just doing it, doing what we need to be doing. This is because we lack direction, we have no specific direction of where we want to go in life and what we want to achieve.
This is where goal setting comes in. You need to stop what you are doing, and take the time out to really think about what it is you want to be doing in your life, how you want to feel, what you want to achieve. This is where you need to take time out to set your goals. Stop living on auto pilot and start living the life you want, a life which you can create. Take control of your life.
To Get the best results
When you set goals, you are setting yourself up for success. Setting goals gives you something to work toward, you push yourself to get better results rather than just waiting for things to just happen. You will find you get quite a buzz from being able to measure your results. Remember, what doesn’t get measured doesn’t improve ….
You will find that top performers, world class athletes and even the likes of Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk all set goals. They have a plan on how they want their lives to look, and they get the best results.
I don’t know about you, but I often need that motivation to push me forward and when you set goals they help motivate you, and give you something to strive for. They help remind you of the things you want in life. They give you that sense of purpose and a reason. Setting goals also makes you accountable to finish the tasks. Once written down they tend to stick more in your mind as a reminder that they are there, and need doing.
Just go for it
So do yourself a favour and set yourself some goals in life, as without a clear sense of what you want to do and where you want to go you will never be able to live life to the fullest. They don’t have to be crazy hard goals, but just things you want to do in your life. Start off by doing short term goals, maybe for the next 6 months, then for the year. You can even go on to set goals for the next three, five and ten years. Again, they don’t have to be super crazy goals, make them achievable. Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions.
Happy New Year!