Life can be chaotic, unpredictable and at times overwhelming. We can often get consumed in our own routines and a little bit lost. The simplest task can seem like sending flowers to the moon.

So how do we make a bit of sense out of our own world and make sure we are progressing and right direction? Goal setting has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to motivate us to achieve a certain task. Goals help us stay focused, allow us to place value on a task and provide us with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Evidence has shown that act of just writing down a goal increases the success rate of achieving them and this exponentially increases when we regularly re-evaluate them. It seems like a very simple task, however not a lot of us actually follow this structure and we wonder time after time why we are not reaching our goals?

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. Bill Copeland

The first step in goal setting is understanding the importance of them, so here are a few important reasons:

  1. What do you truly want? Goals help us break down the what and why behind our actions and behaviours. For example we may want to lose weight; but why do we want to be a few kilograms lighter?
  2. Be accountable for your own happiness and expand on failure. Success and failure is a part of life. Take control of these circumstances by making a plan of action! Goals help you stay on track and move forward in the right direction. There is something humbling about looking back and reflecting on things you have achieved no matter how large or small; if you are progressing forward is still a step in the right direction!
  3. Live life to the fullest! When you take the time to set some goals you increase your ability to make the most out of every situation and moment of your life. There is too much to experience in life to push our aspirations to aside. Forming good goals will help you achieve and live the best life you can!

Goals setting can be applied to every aspect in your life whether in your career, what you want to achieve in your personal life or simply what you would like to do in your spare time. We often have these very generalised thoughts such as losing weight, but struggle to clarify how we will go about it.  Goal setting is usually always the first step.

Let yourself dream a little!

Goals help us believe in ourselves, they can be used to fuel your ambition! Make your aspirations a  goal and work towards them everyday. If it is not a goal it is a vague notion of the imagination that will most likely be un achieved.

Have a think! What would I like to achieve? What is getting in my way?  How am I going to achieve it?

Stay tuned for’ How to be SMART about it’ and start forming some ideas today!

Author: Lisa Golder