Why Are Goals Important?
“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” – Zig Ziglar
On the best sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not light paper if you keep moving the glass. But if you focus and hold it, the paper will light up. That is the power of concentration.
A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, “Where does this road take me?” The elderly person asked, “Where do you want to go?” The man replied, “I don’t know.” The elderly person said, “Then take any road. What difference does it make?“
How true. When we don’t know where we are going, any road will take us there.
Suppose you have all the football eleven players, enthusiastically ready to play the game, all charged up, and then someone took the goal post away. What would happen to the game? There is nothing left. How do you keep score? How do you know you have arrived?
Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you sit in a train or a plane without knowing where it was going? The obvious answer is no. Then why do people go through life without having any goals? 4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals – Jim Rohn
“Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters. Meditate, visualize your day, read inspirational texts to set the tone of your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature. Take this quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day ahead. Watch the sun rise once a week or be with nature. Starting the day off well is a powerful strategy for self-renewal and personal effectiveness.”
- Do you set dreams for yourself?
- What are your desires for the subsequent 365 days?
- How about 3 years from now? Five years? 10 years?
- What are your aspirations which you look in the direction of coming actual?
Goal Setting Tip
If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals. Six Musts for Achieving Your Goals By John Assaraf
Goals Must be SMART:
- S – Specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
- M – Must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
- A – Must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
- R – Realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
- T – Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.