Goal setting is the difference between a successful year and one full of regret.
Let’s face it since it’s that time of year again; we’re all contemplating our ideal year-end celebrations. We’ll want to reminisce about our wins, losses, and opportunities to learn and grow.
However, this is also the time of year that we want to put our best foot forward to assure more celebrations and fewer regrets.
What is goal setting anyway?
Goal setting is the process through which you think through your ideal future, and it creates the motivation for your vision of that future to become your reality. Although there are several paths to establishing goals, it is important to note that not every way works for everyone. Not everyone is motivated by the same things, or want to follow the crowd.
Goal setting should start with why. In the book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek said, “Regardless of the process or the goals, we all want to make educated decisions. More importantly, we all want to make the right decisions.” Those decisions are primarily the result of your desired direction, goal setting is the same as deciding on the restaurant to celebrate a great achievement. It’s the vision that puts everyone on the same page.
Goal setting improves your focus.
In today’s ever-increasing flow of data, newsreels, and social media interests, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes our frustrations take place over priorities, especially when we feel obligated to voice our opinion. Since we only get a total of 168 hours a week, its vital that we are intentional about how we spend those precious hours.
Improve your focus 5 ways with goal setting
- A clear goal establishes the agreed target(s) and increases the energy required for execution.
- Goals with a specific date help to create momentum for its attainment and in every area of your life.
- Decisions are automatically filtered when you know what you’re working toward.
- Goals attached to a why creates possibilities when the achievement seems impossible.
- As long as you know where you’re headed, the detours don’t matter.
Why set goals?
Instead of sleepwalking through life, goal setting allows you to take control. Top level athletes, and successful people at every level set goals. It satisfies that innate urge to be better, to compete against the status quo. It also gives you the chance to maximize your results. In other words, since you’ve only got 168 hours this week, would it be fair to say that you want to most out of that time investment? Take the limits off of your life and be intentional about what you what your life to be or better yet, to become.
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