7 Reasons Why You MUST Set Goals for Your Life


“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.

About Isaac C. Mwiya

Isaac C. Mwiya is an author, motivational speaker and trainer. He believes that each and every person was put on this earth for a purpose. His goal is to help both the old and the young to find their purpose in life and express it fully everyday. He wishes for every person to realize their true potential and become all that they were meant to. To bring Isaac to your next event call +260 978 638 389. You can also connect with him on and follow him on Twitter

Posted on January 16, 2015, in Motivational and Inspirational, Personal Development and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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