Why Goal Setting Is Important

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Why Goal Setting Is Important

Why Goal Setting Is Important

Among other benefits that we shall explore in the following section, smart goal setting can help you lead a positive and fulfilling life.

It Will Help You Find Purpose and Direction

The famous motivational speaker Jim Rohn stated that "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you?" Not much (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/if_you_don-t_design_your_own_life_plan-chances/295557.html).

Goal setting first and foremost gives you a sense of direction in life. Without goals, you go from day to day letting others steer your ship, rather than setting your own direction.

Everyone has some passion, some desire, or something they want to do that brings joy to them. Often these passions and desires remain unexpressed because people feel they are too busy to pursue what they really want.

If goals are set correctly and with the right process, they can provide you a sense of direction and purpose in life.

You Will Be More Productive with Your Time

Reinforcing what we learned in the first lesson, goal setting results in effective time management. Without personal and professional goals, people often waste time pursuing activities that are not aligned with their success and happiness.

Those who don't set goals often don't even realize how they spend their time. They go to work, react to everything that comes their way and they feel busy, but that is not the same thing as being productive.

Setting goals allows you to:

  1. Focus on specific deadlines and projects.
  2. Shut out other distractions.
  3. Complete tasks with a high degree of efficiency.

Setting personal goals in life also helps you make the most efficient use of the time you have each day outside of work.

You Will Get Used to the Feeling of Success

Nothing feels as good as success. We all have a natural aspiration to feel successful. Success:

  1. Gives us joy.
  2. Gives us a sense of accomplishment.
  3. Boosts our self-confidence

Goal setting involves breaking up big, impossible looking goals into small incremental goals. When you accomplish a small goal, you feel successful, which makes you more inclined to pursue your next goal.

Optimism Will Become Second Nature to You

Goal setting helps you look forward with expectation. No matter what your goals are - personal or professional, they help you look beyond the challenges and hurdles that inevitably come in everyone's life.

Personal and Professional Growth Will Become Your Mantra

Goal setting can help you obtain the personal and professional growth you strive for by:

  1. Preventing you from becoming stagnant. Whether it is to learn how to make an iPad app, to join a knitting circle, or to obtain a promotion at work, goals help you get out of your comfort zone.
  2. Making you take action that you would not take otherwise. Goals help you grow and go further in life.
  3. Allowing you to challenge yourself. Challenging yourself brings benefits both by seeing how far you can go and by allowing yourself to grow in the process.