One of the most frequently asked questions I get on a regular basis is “What is the value of setting goals?” Or ‘ is there really a need to set goals?. Personally, I can attest to its importance in my own professional life and I simply can not overestimate the fact that it has always been and remains one of the first steps you will take on your journey towards finding your true vocation and unparalleled success.
To quote another expert on the subject, philanthropist, and author Tony Robbins, “The first step in transforming the unseen into the tangible is setting goals.” I like it, aren’t you? I think it explains the importance extremely well, but to go deeper int the subject and explain further why I personally believe that setting goals is of paramount importance when trying to achieve success.
Here are six reasons why it is important to set objectives.
1. Goals Focus On You
Your efforts can become disjointed and often confusing without a target. For instance, a goal takes a hummingbird’s flight which is chaotic and erratic, and focuses it much like a hawk swooping down for its prey. Using laser precision, it helps you to zero in on the activities of each day, weeding out wasted effort and idle activity.
2. Objectives Allow You To Measure Progress
It is only possible to be able to keep track of your progress towards achieving a goal if you set one first. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to measure progress and help you stay focused, keep your head held high and your energy up. Also, it will keep you from coming down. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged when working towards success because you don’t feel you’ve “arrived” yet.
However, if you measure progress while working towards a specific goal, you will be able to see that although you may not be where you want to go, you have moved in the right direction and are much better off than you started.
3. Goals Help You To Remain Motivated
Putting off work is easy until tomorrow when there is no goal on the horizon.
Let’s look, for example, at an athlete’s life. If they have to get in shape to attend an NFL draft, it’s better to believe that they’re going to work out every day, whether they’re feeling good or not, whether they’re sore or not, whether they’re exhausted or not, whether they’re eager or not, because they’re striving. They have a goal. They’re kept in the gym by their desire to achieve their goal when they’d rather skip. Having a goal will keep you motivated in much the same way!
4. Help You To Fight Procrastination
Procrastination is something which we all struggle from time to time, including me. But when you set clear goals in life for what you want to do, it helps you understand that procrastination is risky. Time is wasted. You are not getting closer to that goal yet another day. Remember this quotation from Pablo Picasso every time you’re considering postponing that next move toward your target and rethinking your stance: “Just postpone until tomorrow what you’re willing to die after you’ve left undone.”
5. You’re Getting Even More
This gives you the taste of victory when you set a goal and hit this. You are going to want to taste this again. What does this signify? You are moving towards the next ladder rung, force yourself to move past another level, you are doing even more. Learning to fulfill and unexpected targets will help you achieve far more than you ever thought possible.
6. Goals Help You Determine
The aim setting act allows you to consider what you really want out of life. Which success standard do you want to attain? What is the level of income you want? What is your ease of life like? Your dream home, what? What do you need to fulfill your goals from an income-wise perspective? Once you set this end goal, then you break down your desires into achievable, measurable goals.
Those targets keep you inspired, helping you stop procrastination and keeping your aspirations laser-focused. Therefore, it is the act of setting, achieving, and surpassing goals that make it possible to live your best life.