The Importance Of Goal Setting

Each time we set a goal, whether it’s big or small, we ignite a fire that flows through our whole life in a positive and motivating way that drives us to succeed. We give ourselves something to strive for; it creates a sense of purpose. We give ourselves something to focus on with positive momentum.  

 

When setting goals it’s important to know our WHY. Why do we set the goal in the first place? Often we hear that a person has set a goal to lose 15kg, my question is where does that number magically appear from? 15kg is just a number and we need to figure out why 15kg is your number. We need to ask ourselves some tough questions like: 

  • What will I be able to do when I’m 15kg lighter that I can’t do now?
  •  How will people look at me differently if I lose 15kg?
  • How will those looking at me make me feel and why do they matter?
  • When was the last time I was 15kgs lighter and how did I feel then?

The questions go on and on but what we are trying to do is find our big WHY to attach some real emotion and feelings to our goal so that when the challenges appear along the way, we will persist until we succeed. Emotions create momentum,  and we want to harness that power to achieve our greatest goals. 

People often shy away from setting goals in fear of failure. Let’s push past this and use it as fuel to your fire. We should not live in fear of failure but instead face it head-on because this is how we grow as people and learn from our mistakes. That way when we set our next goal we can ensure a successful journey.  

Each time we achieve a goal we feel a sense of accomplishment and we gain confidence in ourselves, which we project to the world. I promise that if we challenge ourselves regularly we will feel ALIVE.  This process makes it much easier to tackle that next mission or goal to help us become a more successful and happier person with a sense of fulfilment. 

Most of us may already know how important it is to write down our goals but it is important to establish what we really want. Ask yourself what you really want and be 100% honest. Seeing our goals written down in our own handwriting is a very powerful thing on our conscious and subconscious mind.

To help you think: 

  • Will it help me become a better person?
  • Is it something I think about all the time? 
  • How hard am I willing to work?
  • What sacrifices am I willing to make to achieve it? 
  • Is it attainable given the time frame I have set myself?
  • Is it congruent to where I want to be personally and career-wise?

Now, we have to want to achieve our goals but that’s just the start, it then requires action to follow. By action, I mean putting in the work required achieving whatever the task may be. If we come to a roadblock then we revert back to our WHY (why we set the goal in the first instance) to get motivated, to stay on track and find a way around it to keep working.

 One principle that has helped me is the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) principle; the simpler the better. When we don’t have clarity on our goals we tend to procrastinate and overthink.

Keep it simple and

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