In light of the season, we see a lot of new year’s resolutions. While a lot of these lists are geared to making people successful and their lives better, most of the time, they just don’t work because of several factors.
Then you see others who just live life one day at a time, working hard but have no clear sense of purpose or direction. They just drift in life not getting anywhere or anything worthwhile.
This is why setting goals is important. Goals are a tangible measurement of success or failure. They provide clarity and direction. It empowers your imagination to turn ideas, concepts, wishes, and dreams into realities you can enjoy.
We are not here to talk about how to set the right goals or SMART goals. There are already lots of resources for things like these. We are here to talk to you about why setting goals are important and how you can make it work to your advantage.
Why Do We Need to Set Goals?
Most successful people that you meet all have one thing in common: they set goals and work hard to achieve them. They completely understand that to be successful in life, you have to know what you want and do anything humanly possible to get it.
Setting goals give you a vision for yourself and your future. It helps order your steps daily and focuses your knowledge acquisition. Having clear goals define your priorities in life and makes you a better steward of your time, energy, and resources.
Goals also help you measure your growth and see how much progress you’ve made over a given period of time. It helps you make the right decisions whenever you are faced with challenges. Simply put, goals help keep you on the right track.
How Setting Goals Affect Our Decisions
1. Goals motivate us.
If you’ve been wanting to buy one of those pontoon boats for sale in Michigan or go on that much-deserved second honeymoon with your spouse to the Bahamas without a clear goal in mind, it is unlikely to happen.
Use your goals to motivate you and get you into action. Put it down in writing or make a vision board, whatever it is, have a clear set of goals that you can work for and work towards.
Whether it’s a brand new car you’re wanting or sending your kids to the best school in your region, having goals help determine your actions every single day.
2. Goals help us keep our emotions in check.
Think about how you feel when you talk about certain dreams and ambitions in life. Taking the time to reflect and ponder your emotions through goal setting can help you understand yourself better.
Understanding yourself better makes you decide better. Embrace those emotions and use them as your guide in your actions.
3. Goals help us keep a steady pace.
Making the right decisions require an objective judgment and a sober mind. It helps keep you from running too fast that you’ll end up being burned out.
Having goals will keep you on track at a steady and ideal pace. While we all want to be successful right away, slowing down allows our brains to process things better and connect the dots. It lets you breathe and enjoy each and every step of the journey as you work towards your goals. As the saying goes, slow is fast.
Setting goals is an important part of life. Without goals, one will just wander through life aimlessly, beating the air. Having goals give one a reason — a purpose — for living.