The Power of Goal Setting
While it can be fun to live without direction short-termly, long-termly we as humans are wired to need a purpose, a sense of direction to fulfill this thing called life.
It’s often easy to let the influence of others deter us from the picture at large
I mean think about it, our parents raised us to go to school, get a good education so that we can have wealth, and then we’re stuck following the dictates of our bosses. We move in the opposite direction of our dreams/goals because society and media tell us to do so, when the truth of the matter is had we set our own goals then we wouldn’t be so easily influenced to follow the path set by others.
Then get older, trying to figure where did the time go, asking yourself a whole lot of “why’s” followed by “the should’ve, could’ve, would’ves” of why you didn’t have some form of direction when you were younger.
Setting goals give our lives direction, not to mention motivation to get us through difficult times and choices. You may feel going to school at night while working full-time is stressful and difficult in the present, but in the long run, as you’re walking across the stage obtaining your degree, you’ll realize it was worthwhile.
Goals also serve as a destination for what we want out of life; for example some people, goals are measured in money and/or material things, while others’ goals may be measured in time or freedom.
At the end of the day, if we don’t implement some form of a goal that suits our unique perspective on life then we’ll become easily sidetracked by life and from others.
Goals also help with saving time, let’s take your “To Do” list.
When you’re going over your list and/or going over your calendar and realize your schedule is full, you list of goals over your list and/or going over your calendar and realize your schedule is full, whatever the task at hand is, but maybe you can push that less important task back so that you can take a step closer to your goal.
Just as goals save time, they can also reduce stress because you will be using your goals to focus on your life and some of the life choices that make it hard to decide which way to go. Like if you should take a job promotion at work? You’ll have your list to see if that promotion aligns with your life goals.
Last but definitely not least, goal-setting gives you a great sense of accomplishment; every goal you achieve is a step forward toward your dream, and that boost of energy and momentum is just fuel to your fire. Each success empowers you to move toward your next level of success.
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