Goals: We hate them. We procrastinate them. We set them and forget them. Why?
I will never forget the time my best friend asked me if I had started setting my goals for the next year. My flippant response was, “Ah, I don’t do that.” She looked at me like I had just grown horns and asked me “So you’re perfectly happy with your life and where you’re at?” Stomach drop. That was the beginning of my journey into goal setting.
How many times do we complain about our lives but fail to do anything about it? We don’t make any changes and our lives stay exactly the same day in and day out.
Why Goals Are Important
Goals force you to take a real honest look at your life.
Before you can start setting your goals it’s important to figure out what is and is not working in your life right now. Ask yourself what things do you want to either change about your life or add to your life.
They give you focus
They keep you from getting distracted by all the crap life tends to throw at you. You know what you want and you have a plan, so you’re not scattered and overwhelmed.
They give you a plan and direction.
You know what you need to do and when. There’s no second guessing whether you are on track because you have a plan.
They are motivating and energizing
They help you to see that just taking small steps to a bigger dream is attainable. Every win you have motivates you to do more and make bigger goals.
They give you the ability to take control of your life
Only you have the ability to decide your future, so by taking steps today you can change your destiny. To better yourself and your life.
They help you to get out of your comfort zone.
Not trying anything new is easy. Change can often be scary. Change is necessary for growth. Change and progress are good. They can open up amazing new opportunities for you.
Short and Long-term goals
Goals any longer than 1 year are considered long term goals. Many people enjoy setting long term goals. It gives them the ability to dream about their ideal future. Long term goals give them a direction of growth to focus on.
All long term goals should be broken down into more specific, achievable short term goals. They should be set at different intervals or check points that divide up your larger goals such as yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly etc.
Some people like to do just yearly goals and break them down, while others find it’s valuable to throw a couple of long term goals into the mix too. That’s what’s so great about this. There is no right or wrong way. It’s entirely up to you.
This is Part 1 of The Goal Setting Series. So stay tuned for next week where we explore some different techniques you can use to make setting your goals quick and easy!
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