Importance of Setting Goals
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
"If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time. " - Zig Ziglar
Goals are oxygen to life. If you don't know where you are going, you will wander around aimlessly. How do you expect to get what you want out of life you don't where you are going? Without a goal, you are only making wishes for a better life, to lose weight, a promotion, a happier marriage, financial security. Making a goal is the first step to turning a wish into reality.
Goals give us the reasons to move forward in life. Goals give us the motivation and WHY we are working toward something. Without a goal, we stay stagnant and stop progressing. We stop growing, learning, and improving. What does not grow will die. That which does not move weakens.
Get clear on what you want.
Being vague in your wishes will forever keep them hopes. You may wish, "I want a better life." Get a clear picture of what does a better life mean to you. What aspect of your life do you wish to improve? What does a better life look like for you? If you want a better relationship, more income, or to live in a better neighborhood, you will have several separate goals to achieve each aspect of your vision.
It's all in the details.
The more detailed you are with your goals the more likely it is that you will reach them. Visualize what it looks like when you have achieved your goal. When you break down your big picture goal into finer details, you know exactly what it is you are going after. Instead of wishing for more money be specific. Is that money $10 more or $100,000 more salary, and is that money coming to you this year or in 20 years? Be detailed in your goal of being healthier, does it mean losing 30 lbs, not eating fast food, or getting more sleep? If you want to live by the ocean, notice what kind of home you will have. Is it a shack or a three bedroom beach house. Success is all in the details.
Write it down.
When goals are left in the mind they tend to disappear. Write down your detailed goal and revisit it every week. Writing down what you are working towards is exceptionally inspiring. If you have a big dream, just writing it down will make you feel excited that you are heading toward your dreams. I remember writing down my goal of traveling the world. I got goosebumps and started giggling with joy. I was so excited that I had made a commitment to myself to go after my dream.
Make a plan.
If you are taking a road trip from California to New York, you wouldn't just hop in the car and start driving without a map. That would be foolish; you would waste time going the wrong way and may not even end up in New York. Make a plan and set out the steps of exactly what you need to do to achieve your goal. If your goal is to lose 30 lbs, what steps will you need to take for that to happen? Maybe, you walk 45 min a day, stop eating fast food, drink more water and cut out soda. Write down each baby step that you will need to take to reach your end goal. A plan will empower you to take action because you know exactly what you need to do to get there.
Nothing just happens. It is up to you to make it happen. No amount of wishing, dreaming, planning will make your dreams come true. Taking acting is the only way for you to hit your goals. Baby step your way each day toward your goal. The more steps you choose, the more inspired you will be to continue. With each action you complete the more confidence you will be in knowing you can achieve your dream.