The Importance of Setting Goals

Importance of Goals

It is important to have goals in your life. Coaches, motivators, and authors tell you that you have to set goals. There is a lot of talking about goals.

Are Goals Important?

Goals are important in the sense that they give you direction in life. It is better to have a simple, or not so important goal, than having no goals at all.

Having goals is like having a map. You know where you are heading, and this gives you zest, motivation, more energy and a reason to get up in the morning. You become more alive.

Do you have goals? I don’t mean wishes. A real goal is not a wish. It is something, into which you will put all your efforts and energy, so you can achieve it.

A goal does not have to be something big. Not everyone wants to achieve something big, on a major scale. Most people are satisfied with simple goals, and that’s okay. They want a comfortable, happy and healthy life, and this is possible and within reach. Setting a goal, does not necessarily mean striving for something colossus, simple goals are no less important than big ones.

Only a certain percentage of the population is really interested in major goals and is willing to do everything to achieve them.

A goal could be becoming a millionaire, owning a chain store, or become a famous actor or singer. However, most goals are not on such a scale.

Most goals are:

  • Finding a new job.

  • Earning enough money to support your family.

  • Buying a pair of trousers.

  • Getting a new laptop.

  • Finding the time to meditate every day.

  • Learning a foreign language.

  • Losing a few pounds of weight.

  • Going to a movie on a certain day with a certain person.
  • Training at a gym regularly.

These, and similar goals are important goals, and are what most people want to achieve.

Of course, you might seek greater aims, and that’s okay.

Why Setting Goals Is Important?

Goals set a direction

When you have a direction, there are less stress and strain in your life, because you know where you are going. It’s like having a map showing you the direction. You don’t waste time going in circles and arriving nowhere.

Goals motivate and make life more interesting

When you have a goal, you feel that you are moving toward a destination that is important for you, and this makes you feel happier, safer, stronger and more confident.

Goals help you focus your mind

When you have a goal, you focus your attention on a target, and you don’t waste your time and energy on everything that comes your way. Without a goal, you might start a project, and then move to another one, and therefore, never accomplishing anything worthwhile.

It means not being Jack of all trades and the master on none.

Setting a goal is like having a road map

An airplane has a set route it has to follow, in order to arrive at its destination. So does a ship. Wind and weather conditions can affect the airplane’s and ship’s courses. However, knowing the exact destination enables the pilot and the captain to make the proper adjustments. So it is with goals.

With a clear-cut goal, you know where you are heading, and can always correct your course if you move away from it.

Setting a goal is like having a map and compass, and a clear route to your destination. You know where you are and where you are going.

Setting goals creates hope and confidence

There are hope, inner peace and confidence when you set a goal. It is like putting a torch that sheds light on your path, which helps you go in a straight line, instead of going in circles.

The journey is no less important than the goal

Enjoy the journey toward your goal. The goal is important, but the route is not less important. On the route you learn new things, get experience, interact with people and get stronger.

It is like traveling by train to a certain destination. You can be nervous, keep looking at your watch, and wait impatiently to arrive at your destination. On the other hand, you can enjoy the journey, look at the scenery, read a book, or even make friends with the people traveling with you.

You will experience more happiness and satisfaction, if you enjoy the road, not just wait to arrive at your destination. You will be happier if you adopt this attitude when working on your goals.

The goal sets the direction, but you should enjoy all the steps leading to the goal, all the creative thinking, the action and the rewards. The journey might be long, and the actual moment of arriving and enjoying it, short. So, why not enjoy the journey, instead of waiting impatiently to arrive at your destination?

Enjoy every moment you spent on moving toward your goal. Make it fun and joy and your life would be fun and joy.

Want to learn how to achieve goals? Read Visualize and Achieve!

is the founder of Success Consciousness. He is the author of articles and books, teaching how to use one’s mental tools and inner powers to create a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace.

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