Monthly Archives: January 2015
“Success is goals and all else is commentary.”-Brian Tracy
A lot has been said about the importance of goal setting. We can come up with hundreds of reasons why individuals and organizations need to set goals. In this article indulge me to share with you 7 reasons why you must set goals for your life. In talking about goals here we mean properly set and written down goals.
If you don’t have goals that are written down don’t worry. In the next article we will get into the process of goal setting.
Here now are seven reasons why you must set goals for your life:
1. Goals give you clarity and direction
When you sit down to write your goals you are forced to clarify your vision. With a clear destination in mind you will know which road to take. You will know what to do at any given time. When you set goals you stop being a wandering generality. Instead you become a meaningful specific.
2. Goals make your life meaningful and fulfilling
Goal setting gives your life a sense of meaning. There is documented evidence to show that people who set goals in life achieve much more than those who don’t. Because of this they are much more satisfied with their lives. This fulfilment creates a spiral that spurs them to further success.
3. Goals give you focus
You can’t hit an uncertain target! Of course you know that. But that is exactly what you do when you go through life without properly set and written down goals. Without goals to focus on your energy is scattered everywhere. You are busy “doing things” but not achieving anything. In order to achieve anything you need the discipline of focus.
4. Goals allow you to measure progress
Without goals you will never know whether you are moving forward or not. When you have goals in place you can track your progress (or the lack of it thereof) and make adjustments as may be necessary.
5. Goals make you grow
In order to achieve something that you have never achieved before you will have to do things that you have never done before. As Albert Einsten puts it, “the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Goals stretch you. They make you a different person. That’s the idea.
6. Goals give you motivation
When you know what you want to achieve in your life and you know why you want it (and the motive is strong enough) you will have a reason to wake up every morning and do what you have to do. If you have no goals for your life you will find yourself starting something and stopping right when the challenges come (and they always come). Your goals will help you to stay in the game during the hard times. When you feel like quitting your goals will serve as a reminder of why you started in the first place.
7. Goals give you personal responsibility
The very act of goal-setting empowers you to take personal responsibility for your life. When you start setting goals you will realize that you are the one responsible for your life. You stop blaming other people or the environment for things that are not right in your life. Goal setting helps you come to terms with the fact that you are the one who is responsible for you.
With these seven reasons I hope you will now start setting goals for your life.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”~George Eliot
In the next article we will go into The Three-Step Process for Goal Setting. See you then. Subscribe to this blog to receive latest articles right into your inbox. There is a little widget on the right for you to subscribe.
What were you doing on New Year’s eve? I was a guest on MOBI TV COUNTDOWN SHOW-talking about the importance and the process of goal setting. Here is the interview for you. If you like it your friends will like it too. Share it.
It’s 2015. It’s here. It’s now. You have 365 days to create something amazing. Here are 13 inspirational quotes to help you get started for the year ahead, if you have not already. If you have these quotes will give you motivation and inspiration to keep on keeping on.
1. Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better Man. -Benjamin Franklin
2. One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above the little things.-John Burroughs
3. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.-Eleanor Roosevelt
4. A happy New Year! Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye, when this New Year in time shall end. Let it be said I’ve played the friend, have lived and loved and labored here, and made of it a happy year. -Edgar Guest
5. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.-Mae West
6. We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. -Edith Lovejoy Pierce
7. Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. -Michael Josephson
8. We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.-Ellen Goodman
9. Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.-Michael Josephson
10. The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.-G. K. Chesterton
11. Another fresh New Year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, to love and laugh and give! This bright New Year is given me to live each day with zest . . . to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best! I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant a tree, and sing more joyful songs!-William Arthur Ward
12. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.-Oprah Winfrey
13. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.-Franklin D. Roosevelt