“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going – it’s as simple as that.” Earl Nightingale
I love, love, love goals and goal setting! I can – and do! – talk about goals for hours to anyone who’s interested. [Yes, my family and friends are very long-suffering :)]
Why? Why am I so keen on something that most people don’t do?
And in fact I didn’t use to, until I discovered that proper planning makes a HUGE difference to my life and its outcomes.
Why goals rock – ie why you should love them
Goals are plans and strategies to move you and your life forward, not wishes or daydreams. In other words, goals give direction to your life. How do you know where you’re going, how to get there, or if you’ve got there without goals?
Writing goals down in a journal and reviewing them regularly, sticking post-it notes in prominent places and/or discussing them with a supportive friend, activates your reticular activating system (RAS). This brings clarity and focus – helping you to quickly spot things that help you reach your goals. Basically, the RAS is your best buddy in reaching your goals.
Knowing the why behind the goal [all the benefits] gives you purpose and fulfilment.
You simplify your life because you have a clear focus and can eliminate what isn’t going to propel you forward.
Goals make decision making easier.
Celebrating every small success releases dopamine which makes you feel good and encourages you to tackle the next task.
People who set goals and work on them are more successful, fulfilled and happier.
Honestly, what’s not to love about goals? If you have any comments, doubts about how lovable goals are or queries, pop them into the comments box or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also find this post useful – Why and Other Questions You Must Answer Before You Set Your Goals – yes, it’s a mouthful but it’s a good read 🙂
“Setting goals is the single most important step you will take in improving your life.” Oli Hille
Nina Franklyn Bsc[Hons], CCLC, RSA is a qualified life coach, with a special interest in goals, success and influence. She runs popular workshops as well as offering 1:1 life coaching, often via phone or email, for people who are serious about creating a better life or following their purpose.