Most of us have heard we need to have goals to become successful but Why Are Goals Important For Success? I can remember back in high school being asked, “What do you want to do with your life?” Of course back then I didn’t really have an answer and in all honestly, I didn’t know how to figure it out, I didn’t know what I wanted to be or do especially at such a young age.
I had no idea that I would set out on a path and then change direction several times before I found my true passion.
What I have learned through the years is that it doesn’t really matter what we choose to do as much as setting a course and heading off in that direction.
In this article, I will be covering what goals are and why they are important for success and plenty of other valuable information that I am sure you will find very helpful.
Let’s get started…
Why Set Goals?
We need to set goals so we know what direction we are heading. If we have no goals it is too easy to get side-tracked at every opportunity. We wander from one thing to another and never focus in one direction which prevents us from getting anywhere.
According to Wikipedia, setting a goal is the primary objective of an action plan. Setting goals gives the possibility of your dreams and prospects being brought to life.
My husband and I love sailing so I’ll use that as an example. Where do you suppose we would end up if we failed to set a course. Oh, we would have some fun out sailing but would never go anywhere except perhaps around in circles.
Wouldn’t it be more effective and perhaps less frustrating if we first picked a destination. Then we could gather appropriate supplies, plot our course, set our sails and head off. Checking our compass to stay on track and reach our destination in a safe and timely manner.
To me, that sounds much more fun and rewarding than just aimlessly sailing nowhere.
That is why we need to set goals, so we don’t aimlessly meander through life never accomplishing anything.
Setting a goal is giving your subconscious mind something to focus on like a tasking. It will keep working on that task until it’s accomplished.
How To Set Goals
The first step is to determine what it is you want to achieve. Do you want to make more money, get that promotion, lose weight, get fit?
Be sure you choose something you want to accomplish not something you believe others are expecting of you. What others think or want for you is of no concern.
This is YOUR LIFE we talking about. Decide for yourself what that life should look like.
It may help to ask yourself these questions:
- What do I want to offer my family/community and to the world?
- How do I want to grow?
- How do I want to live?
- What really interests me that I don’t mind spending a lot of time on?
It is okay if you are still thinking pretty broad at this point but let’s narrow those goals down.
Really Define Those Goals
We need to prioritize our goals. We can’t tackle every area of our life at once. That could be too overwhelming and leave us unable to accomplish anything.
Why don’t we split those goals into three tiers? The first tier is most important to you and may come more naturally. The second and third-tier goals are not as important to you and maybe more specific or limited.
- First-tier goals could be to improve my health or start a business.
- Second-tier could be to keep my room clean or learn to speak french.
- Third-tier could be you wish to learn to knit or do laundry more regularly.
Be specific about your goals. Just saying you wish to be healthier is too broad and leaves you unclear as to what to do to achieve it.
Instead, if you were to say “Exercise more and eat better”, it’s ok but still not quite clear enough.
However, if you were to say ” I wish to exercise 3 times a week and eat 3 servings of fruit and vegetables each day”, leaves you with a pretty clear picture of what you need to do.
You also need to think about all the little steps to take along the way to get you to your goal. For example:
- choosing a fruit cup instead of fries
- taking the stairs rather than the elevator
- will you go to the gym or walk around the neighbourhood?
Set a Time Frame To Achieve Your Goal
You need to set a realistic time frame to accomplish your goal. Again you need to be a little more specific here because there will likely be little steps along the way that need to be completed as you work toward that main goal.
For example, in order to work out at the gym you first need to:
- buy a gym membership
- buy sneakers and workout clothing
- register for any classes you may wish to take.
To eat healthier you may need to
- purge your cupboards and refrigerator of unhealthy food
- perhaps learn how to meal plan
- then purchase healthy groceries.
Do you see how all these little steps need to be completed along the way to achieving the main goal of getting fit or losing weight?
Even if you don’t start right away by keep putting it into your mind you will be programming your subconscious mind to want it.
Make Sure Your Goal Is Measurable
It is critical that you track your progress. It will help keep you on track when you see exactly what steps you are working on.
Tracking your progress can also keep you motivated as you see tasks being completed along the way.
Decide how you will track your progress:
- will you use a Fitbit
- activity app
- good old fashioned pen and paper
Knowing how you are doing along the journey is crucial to actually reach your goal.
Another helpful tip is to reward yourself along the way.
I admit it would be awesome to climb Everest but let’s be realistic. I don’t go out climbing often enough to make that achievable for me. I have other priorities that take up my time.
Managing expectations can go a long way towards ensuring we don’t get too overwhelmed or discouraged.
Not only should we be realistic about what we can achieve but also about the time it takes to achieve it.
Seriously though I would love to lose 30 pounds and that is doable but it is unrealistic to think I can achieve that in a month.
So manage your timeline expectations as well.
Create An Action Plan
This is where it gets real. Creating an action plan simply means outlining all the necessary steps in order to achieve your goal.
List the steps in the order in which they need to be completed and post them where you will see them several times throughout the day.
Seeing your action plan in front of you will help keep you on track.
It also acts as a great motivator when you get to cross off completed tasks.
Think of potential obstacles and create a plan to overcome them.
Obstacles could be a lack of information, so perhaps you need to do some research or take a course.
There could be financial obstacles so maybe you need to get a business loan or perhaps find a business partner.
Emotions such as fear or anxiety can be internal obstacles. In that case, talking about your fears with a trusted friend or professional could be a big help.
The key here is to identify possible situations that could derail your best efforts to accomplish your goal then come up with a solid actionable plan to eliminate each obstacle.
As you can see, the question Why Are Goals Important for Success is a very important topic especially when we are young and just starting out.
It is very true, our goals are critical to achieving success in any area of life because they give you a firm direction in which to apply your efforts.
Just like in sailing, it is only after we have determined our destination that we can plot our course and trim our sails.
Could you imagine the disaster our websites would be if we did not take the time to set goals for content creation or answering questions in a timely manner?
We have learned that our business as well as our life runs so much more smoothly when we properly goal set and establish a game plan.
As online bloggers, we check our progress daily to ensure we stay on track with our goals and as a result, we experience steady growth which gives us a nice bonus of an income which.
With proper goal-setting and a renewed focus, there really is no telling how far you can go.
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