Setting goals is an important process. It’s something that we all hear about, but how do you know if you are meeting them? How can you tell if you are really reaching your goals?
People have talked about the importance of setting goals since ancient Greece. Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” When talking about goals today it’s helpful to remember that he was talking about excellence and how we can achieve it. To achieve excellence, you have to set goals.
The following are 16 benefits of setting and meeting your goals:
Give you direction and purpose
When you have a goal that is clear in your mind, it is much easier for you to know what you are doing. It will keep your focus on where you are headed. If the path comes to an end, because there was no goal, then chances are high that you may quit or get stuck trying to figure out what next.
If you do not know what you want, then that is all that will exist in your mind. You will be occupied with thoughts of what could have been or why nothing is happening as it should. There will be no clear path to follow and you may end up wasting a great deal of time trying to figure out what your purpose is.
When people attempt something new and achieve it, they tend to feel good about themselves regardless of their level of skill or fitness. The feeling of being successful builds confidence which leads to higher self-esteem.
People with high self-esteem generally have positive relationships with friends and family members, as well as the ability to find purpose in life without reinforcement from others. They also show more initiative on tasks at work.
Increase your motivation
If you know exactly what you want, it is much easier to figure out what needs to be done now and next. This will give you the drive to do more than just one step ahead. When you can see how far along you are towards achieving your goal, this also increases your drive.
Without a goal, without knowing where we are headed, there is no sense of urgency or priority for anything that needs to be done right now, so priority tasks may never get done at all.
Helps make your goals realistic and attainable
When you have a goal, it’s much easier to plan out what needs to be done, who you are going to need to help you, or whether or not you will have enough time or money to get everything done.
Setting goals has many benefits throughout business negotiations as well. When working with people who do not know where they want to end up or how to get there, asking them to take specific action steps can be very helpful.
Helps you avoid mistakes and save time
When people do not set goals, they often find themselves in the same situation having to start all over again because they did not figure out what was wrong early enough. This is one of the biggest wastes of time and energy. You may find yourself right back where you started or even worse off because no one has failed as many times as they have succeeded.
Setting goals helps you to learn from your mistakes so that you can avoid them in the future. Some people set short-term goals that lead up to a big goal that they are working on. When you do this, you can try out different strategies and techniques to see if they work before committing to them or making a big commitment of time and money.
Helps to overcome obstacles
People who have a goal can assess a situation once they know what they are dealing with and determine the best ways to overcome the obstacles in their way. This usually leads to more creative solutions or at least ones that have been tried before.
One of the biggest problems with not having goals is that you do not know where you are headed. This can lead to thinking of all kinds of obstacles as “the end.” This is not the case. Many times, if you break down your goals into smaller steps you will find that they are possible to accomplish.
Helps you learn new skills
Once you have a goal, it is much easier to figure out what new skills are needed to get there. The journey becomes about learning rather than mastering everything before taking even one step forward.
This also means that people are more likely to meet goals because they are always working on their next steps rather than mastering everything before moving ahead.
Helps you stay focused
When you have a goal, it’s much easier to figure out what needs to be done now and next. You won’t let yourself get distracted because it will slow down your progress towards the result that you are striving for.
Not having goals can lead to putting things off for later and not being willing to take small steps towards a larger goal. This can lead to never getting anywhere because you are constantly getting distracted by little things along the way.
When you know what your goal is, it is much easier to figure out the steps needed to get there. This allows people to focus on getting things done and reaching their goals rather than the small steps.
Not having goals can lead to wasting time on everything else that is not important and can also lead to procrastination when it comes down to doing the work necessary.
Helps people sleep better at night
You may not even realize it but having a goal is one of the best sleep remedies around. It allows you to feel accomplished and confident in what needs to be done tomorrow, which will make it easier to go to bed tonight.
Not having a goal can lead to feeling stressed about your day tomorrow because you never know when something will come up that you didn’t plan for. This can lead to not being able to sleep at all or having a hard time falling asleep because your mind is racing.
Makes life easier over time
As people work on their goals, they are setting themselves up for future success because of the skills they are learning and the habits that they develop. Some of these skills are transferable to other areas of life.
Not having goals can make it harder for you to succeed in the future because some of the things that you need to do are completely foreign to you. This will also lead to wasting more time on figuring out what needs to be done, instead of just doing it.
Easier to accomplish
It’s much easier to accomplish your goals when you know what they are. Not everyone has the same definition of success, but if you do not have any type of goal it will be harder to get anywhere because you are not sure where you are headed or why you should even care.
Not having a goal can lead to not knowing what the result should look like and this will make it harder to get started on anything at all. There is no sense of urgency or importance to a task when you don’t even know what you are working towards.
More likely to have volunteers
Having a goal makes people more likely to want to help you and your work. It also makes it much easier to find people who need what you are offering because they will be able to tell that you know where you are headed.
Not having goals can make it harder for people to want to help because they don’t see the value in working with someone who is not confident about what they are doing or where they are headed. It also makes it harder to find people that could benefit from your help because they probably won’t know who you are and what you’re offering if you don’t have a decent goal.
Helps meet deadlines
It is much easier to meet a deadline when you have a clear goal and steps laid out for accomplishing it. This will also help people work through the challenges that they encounter so that they can still get their tasks done on time even if something goes wrong along the way.
Not having a goal can result in missing deadlines because people are not sure what they need to do, even if everything else goes right. This will also lead to more stress and frustration because meetings are usually based on deadlines so there is no way of predicting when something could go wrong.
Easier to give up bad habits
When you have a clear goal in mind it becomes much easier to let go of bad habits. This is because, after working towards the goal for some time, you will realize that your bad habit doesn’t fit into your life anymore.
Not having a goal can make it harder to get rid of old habits because there isn’t anything holding you accountable or motivating you to replace the bad habit with a good one. It also makes it harder to stay motivated because you never know why you should bother doing anything in the first place.
Easier to stay positive
Having a clear goal does wonders for someone’s attitude because it can give them something to look forward to. This will also help people see the good around them, instead of just focusing on the bad things that are happening in life.
Not having goals can lead to being miserable and feeling frustrated with everything because there is no reason to stay positive or look on the bright side if you don’t have anything to work towards. There is also nothing stopping people from letting negative emotions take over, which can make it harder for them to change their attitude even when good things are happening around them.
Setting goals for yourself is important because it can help you get what you want out of life. Knowing where you are headed will also make it easier to accomplish tasks, meet deadlines, accomplish your dreams and the list goes on. It is clear that setting goals for yourself have many benefits compared to just kind of “winging it.” Now that you know the importance of setting goals, start with a single goal to get more familiar with how it will help your life. Good luck and keep on track!