It’s been said that nobody ever accomplished anything worth accomplishing without setting a goal first. Goal setting has been a valuable tool for everybody from billionaire businessmen to All-Star athletes. Goal setting has helped artists create and inventors innovate. Heck, goal setting even helped put men on the Moon.
No matter what you desire to accomplish, goal setting can help you get there. Even if you fail to reach your goals, goal setting can gift you with tools that can help you your whole life long. Here are five quick reasons goal setting is important and can benefit your life:
- Goal setting helps you develop long-term vision – Many people drift through life without knowing where they want to end up. They allow themselves to be tossed about by the storms of life and never seem to be headed in any particular direction. They have no vision of what their life can be. Setting goals forces you to look ahead and develop a vision of what you want your future to be. With a clear vision of what you want, you’ll know exactly what direction you need to go to attain your dreams.
- Goal setting gives you motivation – A by-product of lack of vision is lack of motivation. If you don’t know what you want, why bother to try to get it? By setting goals, you get a solid vision of how you want things to be. If you have something to shoot for, it makes it much easier to take a shot at it. With something to strive for, it makes you much more likely to put forth an effort.
- Goal setting makes you accountable – So many people wander through life blaming others for their misery or dissatisfaction with life. If you set a goal, however, you become responsible for achieving it. If you fail to chase that goal, you have nobody to blame but yourself. However, if you chase your goal, you can keep track of your progress as you finish the steps that lead to the accomplishment of your goal. Even if you don’t make it, the accomplishments you achieve chasing your goals will give your self-confidence a boost.
- Goal setting help you to organize your time and resources – To get to your goal, you will have to use your time, talents, and finances carefully. Setting a goal puts you in the headspace where you have to get organized. You will learn to more efficiently accomplish tasks. You will learn how to work smarter. You will learn the differences between necessities and wants. These are all skills that can help you down the road.
Goal setting helps to improve your sense of wellbeing and life satisfaction – This one is actually pretty simple. If you feel like you’re working toward something, you will feel that your life has purpose. There are few feelings more miserable than the sense your life is purposeless. People who have goals to shoot for generally feel better about themselves and where there lives are headed than those with no goals. Perhaps that part of the meaning behind the old cliché “If you shoot for the Moon and miss, you’ll still be out among the stars.”