I’ve learnt that you can’t get anywhere without setting goals in life. Some people think pure dreaming is enough, but they sooner or later realize that they could never get any closer. The dream remains a dream, elusive to the dreamer. Don’t let it happen to you. You can achieve your goals. You can achieve it. If you set your goals.
Above image is a painting by Iman Maleki .
Success comes about when you set your goals in life; when your attitude towards success is positive. You know what you want to do because you have scaled the plan; much like scaling the heights before you begin mountain climbing. You know where you are going and where you will place your feet to reach at a specific spot.
People who are successful usually begin setting goals by creating a map of their target achievements in life, for some this can be very detailed. They start at where they should begin, where to pause, where to delve a bit, and where and when to stop. Once this map is created, the map drawer can use it as a yardstick to check where he is in the scheme of things and whether or not he is making some achievements that will take him closer to his goals. The map drawer may realize that he or she had overlook something (an obstacle) and thus might have to make some adjustments in order to achieve the desired goals. Here are three reasons you should set your goals in life.
Above image is a painting by John Everette Millais.
Three reasons why you should set goals in your life
First, when you set goals, you know how you are doing and what you should be doing. Your dreams are not elusive, it is not a fleeting thought; it is achievable. Therefore, you know when you can take a little break, when you can relax, or even when you have to double up your efforts because things might be getting a bit tight. Such a person becomes a proactive person, in charge of the things they know they have an influence on.
Second, setting goals help you become a proactive person. When you are proactive, you can deal with the challenges you meet along the way. A proactive person recognizes the difficulties they will meet. Thus, they are able to outline possible solutions to deal with these difficulties. When you do the same, you will be prepared to deal with challenges; you will not be intimidated by the challenges. You will not run scared to face it; but you will be prepared to defeat it. When you map your goals, you would have prepared a solution or strategy for challenges.
Thirdly, setting goals will enable you to track your progress in whatever endeavor you have set out to do. The fact that you took the time to set it up, consider the challenges and set out strategies to defeat the challenges makes it more likely that you will accomplish what you set out. What you have is the confidence and the internal will (or motivation) to achieve your plans.
However, goal setting is not enough, if you do not have the necessary discipline to carry out the plan. That it is why it is important to set realistic goals based on your capabilities and within the constraints of important external factors, which includes time. Avoid being too ambitious in setting up goals – you can make them difficult to achieve.
However, this does not mean you should set low parameters instead. Goals set too low could be discouraging and make you quite lazy to achieve your goals. Once you have set out your blueprint for direction, you should be aware of the time frame within which you are to achieve your goals. And, once you have achieved something, even a little of what you hoped to achieve, then you should always give yourself a pat in the back to keep you motivated. (But do not be too complacent with any little achievement, as this may cause you to backslide.)
Setting goals can be used in any aspect of your life – from your personal or family life, to your career and finances. Goal setting can be as simple as setting a target weight when you wish to lose pounds; or something big, like earning your first million. When setting goals, it is always important to set standards that would suit your present situation, your capabilities, and other factors that may influence the achievement of your goal.