5 Reasons why it is Essential that you Set Goals


So why is it so important that we set goals?

It’s a fair question, although the answer is often different for each of us. However, I believe that there are 5 reasons why it is essential that you set Goals and why you should be encouraging you family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

1. Provides You with Clarity
When you leave the house in the morning, do you know where you are going?

When  you get into the car, does it move forward automatically or do you need to do anything to ensure that it takes you to your destination?

This sounds too simplistic doesn’t it but how many people go through life not really knowing where they are going? If you don’t have a goal in life, you are like the car – just waiting for someone else to give you the instructions on how to spend your time. Without a clear destination in mind, how can you prioritise your time? Without a clear goal, how can you make good decisions?

People without goals and clarity in their life’s tend to become really busy, running around after themselves and not really achieving anything. Sounds familiar?

How are you supposed to manifest what you want if you don’t even set concrete goals? How do you expect to achieve your dreams and visions if you don’t clearly spell out the end game you desire?

Setting your goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It makes you crystallize and articulate the dreams floating in your mind. It ensures that you are channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter to you. It makes you live more consciously.

2. Gives You Laser Focus
Goals give you a single focal point to place your attention in – a laser focus on what exactly to spend your time and energy on. Think of your time, energy and efforts as input, and results as the output. A goal acts as your funnel which guides and channels those inputs effectively into your desired output.

When you don’t have goals, ‘life’ gets in the way. Your energy is randomly dispersed in ad-hoc activities which you engage on whimsical basis. These are activities that play no role in your larger scope of life, but you are not aware of because you are just living life as it is. You end up mislabeling a lot of ‘nice-to-do’ activities as important.

You might also be engaging in these ‘nice-to-do’ activities because you can’t think of a better way to spend your time. Do you find yourself surfing and chatting excessively? Busy running errands? Play a lot of games? Spend the bulk of your time being a workaholic? Spend the remaining time lazing and/or partying away? What’s your objective for doing them? What end output does it lead to? Is that the top priority in your life?

You may have a broad idea of what you want to do but until you clearly articulate it out as specific goals, you are not channelling your efforts properly. You will often find yourself getting sidetracked because you don’t have goals to rein you in.

3. Makes You Accountable
Having goals makes you accountable, especially when you share them with other parties. Rather than just talking about what you want all the time and not do anything concrete about them, you are now obligated to take action.

4. Guides You To Be The Best You Can Be
Goals help you achieve your highest potential. Without goals, you subject yourself to the natural, default set of actions that keep you feel safe and comfortable every day. But this familiarity is the nemesis of growth. It prevents you from growing. It does not enable you to become the best person you can be. It denies you from tapping into all that potential inside of you.

By setting goals, you set targets to strive against. These targets make you venture into new places, new contexts, new situations which puts you into growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights.

5. Live Life to the Full
Goals ensure you get the best out of life, for two reasons.

Firstly, by becoming a better person, your new found knowledge and abilities let you experience more out of the same life events compared to the previous you.

Secondly, time passes in our life, whether we want to or not. Goals with specific measures and deadlines ensure we are maximizing our output and experiences during our time here. If you have already discovered your life purpose, your goals will ensure you get the best out of your purpose.

Remember, your goals are a representation of your inner desires; desires which motivate you in life. The point when you set goals marks one the points when you are most connected with your source of motivation. It is when your motivation is at its peak. Having goals at your side serve as constant reminders of your motivational sources. They are the fuel which drive you forward and keep you going when the going gets tough.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and make sure that you have set yourself some Goals and apply yourself to their realisation.