“Success is about enjoying what you have and where you are, while pursuing achievable goals.”Bo Bennett
Have you considered setting concrete goals for your health, life, or business? You’ve probably thought about it at the very least.
People who regularly set goals for themselves create a framework or a plan for their lives. If it’s just something small, having a goal to work towards puts you on a path to achieving something you want.
Everybody feels good about getting what they want, right?
Just thinking about your goals isn’t enough. It’s better to write them down so you have something physical that represents your intentions.
Some people live by this process and may even go a bit overboard sometimes, while others have never considered actually writing down their objectives.
It’s best to find a happy medium between these two ends of the spectrum. By determining short, intermediate, and long-term targets for your life, you are actually laying out your intentions.
5 reasons to set goals in life and business
Setting goals is a powerful step toward your intentions, rather that’s for self-improvement or to grow your business. If you’re not quite convinced yet, here are a few reasons why setting goals is better than not.
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.Les Brown
If you’ve ever had one of those days that just flies by without seeming to have accomplished much of anything (like me over the past couple days, yikes!), you have an idea of what a life without goals can be like. Drifting through life without a plan will likely lead you to wonder why you didn’t manage to accomplish more.
Fortunately, by setting aside some time to make a plan for what you want to achieve now, next week, next month, and even over the next several years, you can regain your focus and begin to account for more of your time expenditures. Having a target on which to focus will improve your likelihood of success.
Achieve better results
It’s true that goal setting isn’t 100% necessary for attaining achievements. You could have lots of successes without creating any short and long-term goals and objectives.
What’s important to realize about goal-setting is that it provides you with a solid target to measure your progress against.
The focus that comes from creating intentional life markers allows you to accomplish even bigger things because you’re able to measure your success based on your past placeholders. Your latest triumph will be like an ordinary goal on steroids.
Motivation is tricky (which is why I’m able to create an entire website around inspiring it, btw). 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 reasons for this are probably due to the fact that you are being motivated by factors outside yourself, such as meeting your client’s deadline or reaching a far-off desire. 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. Setting goals allows you to make the target something that is personally relevant, increasing the likelihood that you will follow through to the finish.
Stretch past your limits
Setting goals for yourself allows you to stretch your limits—limits that are often self-imposed. How many excuses have you made for not doing something even though you know it would likely result in growth? More clients, a better product, or growth in yourself?
Growth does not occur if you continue to do the same things you’ve always done over and over. Without goals to reach for, timely objectives to meet and targets to surpass, you’re just standing still or, at best, coasting along.
If you truly wish to achieve more in your life, creating a goal plan will give you the push you need to make all your desires a reality.
Now that you understand why setting goals is important, hopefully you feel motivated and excited to jump into the creation of your life’s plan, or maybe just a plan for the next week. It’s okay to start out with goal-setting baby steps.
Positive thinking is a valuable tool that can help you overcome obstacles, deal with pain, and reach new goals.Amy Morin
The benefits of goal-setting are immense and can move you forward in your journey faster than you might expect, whether your goals are for your own personal growth or for business growth. By developing a plan for your future with measurable targets along the way, you’re making the first steps in turning your thoughts into actions.