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Why It Is Important To Have Goal

I recently had a conversation with one of my former students. She has been out of school for a few years but is dissatisfied with the direction of her career. In fact, she is not very happy with her personal life either. Her voice developed more than a hint of groan when she said, "I don't know what to do."

So I asked about her goals. Her response was a rather mild look of surprise. "Goals?" At least she wasn't whining anymore.

I asked her what she would like to see in her career in a few years. I asked her where she would like to see her life in a few years. She knew the answers to these questions and she was quickly encouraged by discussing her desire to start her own business. We talked about what she would need to achieve her goal and what should change.

When we broke up, she felt so much better about her job because she knew she wasn't trapped there. She was taking a necessary step to prepare for a long-term goal. She had her eye on the prize and this focus filled her with energy.

That is the power of goals. What are your goals? There are seven reasons why you should have goals.

~ Give meaning to life

~ To make sure that we are the ones who choose the course of our life, not others, or destiny, or the media, etc.

~ Motivate

~ To make sure we get what we want out of life.

~ To save time

~ To reduce stress

~ Gives a sense of accomplishment

While it can be fun to live without direction in the short term, in the long term human beings are hardwired to need purpose and direction. Goals give direction and purpose to life.

It is often easy to let others guide us. We take a job because family or friends point us in that direction and then we follow the dictates of our bosses. We are going in other directions because popular culture or the media tell us. The simple truth is that if we don't set our own goals, it will be too easy for us to follow a path set by others. It can cause stress and unhappiness. We have a greater chance of happiness and satisfaction if we go our own way and pursue our own goals.

While goals certainly guide our lives, they also motivate us through tough times and choices. Perhaps going to college at night while working full time can be stressful and difficult in the short term, but in the long term, it pays to be able to pursue the career goals we desire.

Goals also serve as a destination for what we really want out of life. For some people, goals are measured in money or material goods, while for others, goals are measured in time or freedom. If we haven't set goals that match our unique perspective on life, it's easy to get distracted by life and others.

Goals can also help save time. When your to-do list is too long and your schedule is too full, you can simply check your goals against the list. What articles help you reach your goal? What elements are necessary for your objective? Remove the rest as unimportant.

Just as goals save you time, they also reduce stress, because using your goals to focus your life and your choices make those choices easier. Should you take on this new position at work? How does this fit in with your goals?

Finally, goals give you a measurable sense of accomplishment. Every goal you reach, in fact, every step you take towards that goal can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep going. Each success propels you to the next level of achievement.

Now go out there and set your goals!


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