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The Importance of Setting Goals

Updated on November 29, 2014
Goals lead to success.
Goals lead to success.

Why Set Goals?

Happy New Year! Now what? Ready, set...


A new year hurdles in. An old year hobbles out into the past. Many of us will set resolutions. For me, I set goals.

Why do I set goals? Because goals are ambitious efforts to get me to where I want to be. I thrive on goals. I thrive on them for the sheer fact that it puts me on track. It's a reminder to me about what is really important to achieve.

Setting goals is part of my life. It's synonymous with achievement, desire and determination. It's a road map to success. They keep me focused and motivated, and motivation, in my opinion, is a key factor in achieving my goals.

When I am motivated, I am alive. I am utilizing my life the way, I believe, it was intended to be used. My mind is churning, humming, busy; not stressed, but working to its fullest potential. Goals, when set the way they should be, are a positive influence on life and the lives of others. Goals fulfill your desires, dreams and ultimately your expectations.

Take it one step at a time!
Take it one step at a time!

How To Set Goals?

Setting goals for me, like stated above, is methodical and calculated. I am constantly updating, assessing and going back to them. What is my first step? I write them down--freely, with no organization; no path, I just list them.

After I list them, I begin to categorize them. For example, if I am working on my fitness goals then I label them "Fitness." After listing and categorizing them, I begin to break it down:

  • Short-term: An accomplishment within a short period of time that need not be related to any specific period of time, but that is related to long term goals. Short-term goals keep you motivated enough to continue to achieve your longer term goals. How? By making them attainable and realistic. While you are achieving shorter term goals, the longer ones seem easier to achieve.
  • Long-term: These goals, in my opinion, are constant and more general. They are the ultimate objectives you are trying to achieve. For example, saving up for a specific amount of money for a down payment on a house is a long-term goal that is attainable by setting up short-term goals like, "I will save $500 a month by getting a part-time job." In the long run, short term goals add up into achieving all of your long-term goals. Long-term goals measure your ability to keep your eye on the prize.


'Where am I going with my goals?'
'Where am I going with my goals?'

Take it Personal

Yes, I take my goals personal! They are my own. I put them out there. Once written, they are to be achieved no matter how long it takes.

Personal goals give your life purpose and eventually fulfillment. Managing goals is a personal return on investment, so why not take it personal? We are all capable of setting goals to enrich our lives, but truly taking it to heart and making it our personal pursuit of happiness is what keeps you motivated and able to achieve them.

The more you take your goals personally the more you will concentrate, focus and motivate yourself to achieve them. In return, you prioritize your own life; while keeping you organized enough to attain them.

Goal setting and planning is something you owe to yourself. It's not about being selfish, but selfless. Your life is about living it, so why not prioritize it by setting clear, concise and achievable goals? These goal setting strategies improve your overall well-being and quality of life. They allow you to promote your long-term vision and short-term motivation.

Achieving is succeeding!
Achieving is succeeding!

Achieving Goals

One very important thing about goals is, depending on the situation, lifestyle and your ability to be flexible, there will be setbacks, challenges and obstacles to overcome.

Many times these obstacles are self created:

  • Self-defeating and negative talk
  • Lack of emotional maturity
  • Lack of motivation
  • Constant excuses

Getting through and over these obstacles requires emotional stability, diligence and determination. In addition, as progress is made, motivation increases.

Emotional intelligence is also vital in staying in line with your short and long term goals. Remember, long-term goals thrive and rely on short-term achievements; therefore, applying yourself daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to all of your goals is essential in long-term achievement of all your goals.

Success is failure turned inside out.
Success is failure turned inside out.

Don't Quit

Motivating myself to stay focused on all my goals is not only the measurement of how I fulfill my dreams, hopes and aspirations, but a road map to success.

With success comes failure, but failure is also success turned inside out.

A new year is here, now stay the course, write them down and achieve all your goals--step by step.

Don't quit. Achieve it.


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