Why set goals?
It kind of seems like a stupid question, doesn’t it. Why set goals? It just seems like common sense that if you want to accomplish something, anything, that you’d have to have a goal.
Most people seem to wonder around aimlessly through life. I actually love the word aimlessly, there. If you were aiming at anything, you’d have a goal.
Set personal goals
One of my favorite stories is Alice Through the Looking Glass. Commonly known as, Alice in Wonderland. I mention this story because of a chance encounter between Alice and the Cheshire Cat. Alice sees the Cheshire Cat sitting in a tree at a fork in the road. Alice asks the cat which way she should go. The cat asks her where she’d like to go. She hasn’t a clue of where she wants to go and tells him that. His reply is classic. He says, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Have you ever felt like that? Like it didn’t matter what you did in a situation? A lot of us feel that way, every day.
Why set goals for yourself?
There are many things that setting a goal will do for you. You can get a sense of accomplishment, when you finally achieve your goal. It will give you self esteem. Setting a goal will keep you moving. It keeps you doing things that will help you to get to your goal. Having a goal for yourself will help you to determine what you really want for your life. The list could go on and on.
To me, the two most important things that you get by setting a goal for yourself are, direction and control.
Why set goals – Direction
Just like Alice, if you don’t have a goal, then it doesn’t matter which direction you go. If you set a goal, then you know exactly where you want to end up. This gives you a real direction to go in. When you come to life’s little forks in the road, you will know which path to take. No more wondering through life, aimlessly!
Even if you set large goals, they will give you the direction you need. You may need to break the large goals into smaller steps but, still, they give you direction.
Why set goals – Control
Once you have set a goal for yourself, you have a direction to go in. You have broken the goal in to smaller steps. You are locked in on where you want to go. This in and of itself will give you a sense of control over your life. Never again will you have the sense that your life is out of control. You won’t feel like you are caught in a whirlwind and anything can and will happen to you.
All humans desire to have control over their lives. All!
All humans will find some part of their lives that they can be in control of. This may manifest itself in the form of addiction. It could be drugs, food, alcohol or something else but, each of us need to feel like we are in control of some part of our lives.
Your life might be totally out of control, in every aspect but, it’s you who decides what you eat and drink.
Why set goals – Writing your goals down
In “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill says, that you should write down your goals and keep the some place that you can review them every day. If you have read the book, you need to!
A written goal makes it more concrete. Reviewing your goals, regularly, will keep you focused on your destination and it will keep your mind work on ways to achieve it.
Set business goals
If you want to accomplish anything in your life, you need to set a goal for yourself. You need to break the goal down in to actionable steps. You need to write it down and you should be reading your goals every day.
This is why setting goals is so very important.
You can set goals for every aspect of your life. It doesn’t just have to be in your business or financial life. It works for every part of your life!
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