Why Is Goal Setting Important?
Goal setting is a hot topic at the beginning of every year. However, after a few weeks—or for some, after a few short days!—most people seem to forget about all the goals they set for themselves.
The biggest reason for this? Their goals most likely didn’t excite or motivate them. Or their goals were never made top priority. If you find yourself in this same position, let me share a few reasons why setting goals is important.
1) It helps you set barriers. Setting clear, solid goals for yourself gives you a firm fenceline. It creates an invisible barriers, whereby you decide what you want, how you will get it, and what you will no longer allow to distract you from your goals.
2) It helps you discover new interests. Have you ever felt bored with your life? Many people find that setting goals forces them to take a look at their life with new eyes. Maybe your old goals just don’t matter to you any longer. Perhaps there are new things you’d like to learn or do. Setting goals will help clear all this up for you.
3) It motivates you to do more. Just as setting goals will help you discover new interests or desires, it can also be a great source of motivation. Setting new goals will help you see areas of your life where you are slacking. It can help you realize that your time is running short on completing certain things. Goal setting is great motivation.
4) It creates a sense of responsibility to yourself. Goal setting will help you realize that if you are to accomplish anything, it is totally up to you. You can no longer blame others for your failures or lack. Getting what you want is totally up to you.
5) It helps you grow. The biggest reason for setting any goal is to experience personal growth. If you’re not, you might need to rethink your goals. Goal setting encourages you to become better at something, or learn something new, or finish something you started.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks