Monday, October 6, 2008

Why is Setting Goals Important ?

Ever wonder why some people could not even achieve an inch of what they dream of becoming? Blame it on pure dreaming and lack of goals setting for achieving their dreams.

Setting goals is very significant to your success and it’s a sign of positive accomplishments. It is like scaling a 20 feet building and marking early on the steps you would take to reach by a specific period.

People who set goals literally create a map of their target achievements in life, marking where they should begin, where to pause, where to deviate a bit, and where and when to stop. Once this map is created, it allows the planner to keep track of where he is during the process and whether or not he is making some achievements that will take him closer to his goals.

By setting goals, people will know how and what they should be doing to achieve their targets or dreams in life. They will know if they can relax or if they have to double their efforts when they are falling short of what is expected of them.

Goal setting means a person is proactive in dealing with challenges that may affect his plans. Being proactive means one is able to outline possible difficulties that may occur during the process and also having the solutions to these difficulties. By doing this, a person is not easily scared or defeated when challenges really occur because he has already prepared the contingency plan for it. He already knew that they can happen and he has even prepared a solution or strategy for it when that time comes.

Setting goals helps people to track their progress in whatever endeavor they have set out to do. It also helps them to become more confident in themselves as well as more motivated to achieve their plans.

However, goal setting itself is not enough, as this should be accompanied by a positive outlook and self-discipline. A person may have a blueprint of where he wants to go, but if he does not have the necessary discipline to carry out the plan, then nothing will come out of it.

To be successful in goal setting, the goals that one has set for himself should be realistic and based on his capabilities. Being too ambitious in setting up goals can make the goals become unrealistic and difficult to achieve. However, do not set goals that are too low because it will affect one’s vision to obtain a higher achievement.

It is also necessary that the person setting the blueprint for his direction should also include a time frame within which the goal will be achieved. This way, he is able to determine if he has to fast track his strategies or to slow down a bit. Goal setting will also help a person check if he is performing within his plans or if he is doing things that brings him towards the achievement of his plans.

Once the goal have been achieved, even a little bit of what you had hoped to achieve, you should always give yourself a pat on the back to keep yourself motivated. However, do not be too complacent with that little achievement, as this may cause you to backslide.

Setting goals can be used in all aspect of one’s life - from one’s personal or family life, to his career and finances. Goal setting can be as simple as setting a target to lose that weight of yours to earning your first million in the business.

Congratulation ! You have actually achieved your goal by reading this article from the beginning to here. It is just that simple !

1 comment:

dannielo said...

If you'd like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

http://www.Gtdagenda.com

You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
A mobile version and iCal are available too.