Why do you not have goals right now, or why are you not following through on goals you have made? Are you too busy, not sure how or don’t have the resources to achieve your goals? Do you think you are not the kind of person who sets goals? Perhaps you have failed at your New Year’s Resolutions in the past and don’t want to try again?
There are plenty of reasons not to have goals or to let them fall away. The only way we will motivate ourselves to love goal setting is to pivot away from the seemingly negative aspects of setting goals and focus on their amazing benefits.
Here are three compelling reasons to absolute LOVE goal setting…
1) Goal Setting Helps You Feel LESS Overwhelmed
Having goals may seem like a good idea, but on top of a busy life, adding goals to the mix seems like an impossible ask. If you can’t spend three minutes in the bathroom in peace, writing out goals and taking action on them is just crazy talk.
Are you really so busy you cannot spend some time on what is most important to you?
The truth is that selecting well-written and clear goals will actually cut the overwhelm. You NEED goals to gain clarity and rid yourself of the busy parts that add nothing to your life. Right now, you may not think anything can be removed from your schedule to make way for goals, but if you find the right goals, other parts of your life will shift to accommodate for what is truly important to you.
Yes, you still have to pick the kids up from school, do your tax returns and floss, but a lot of the superfluous busyness will fall way when you build up your prioritizing muscle. You won’t feel the need to mindlessly swipe a screen or get caught up in the next binge watch sensation—you have more significant things to do.
2) Goal Setting Helps You Feel MORE Energized
Too tired to set goals? Then you need goals more than anyone. Having goals actually gives you renewed feelings of zest and excitement that help you spring out of bed in the morning.
Recently, my mother booked a multi-day scenic train trip that she has had her heart set on for quite a while. She told me it helps her feel content with the mundane day-to-day as she has something big to look forward to. It has even helped take her mind off her chronic aches and pains plus her renewed joie de vivre has resulted in more cheerful interactions with others.
Not only will focusing on an important goal give you more energy but it can even make the world a better place!
3) Goal Setting Helps Give You Direction
You don’t need to work out your purpose before you set goals. In fact, goal setting can help determine a more meaningful direction in life. You often don’t know what your passions are until you work on them. The occasional few laps in the pool and bike to work becomes triathlon training. Writing in your journal each morning starts your memoir. Salsa dancing lessons with your partner take you to a regional competition.
At the very least, taking action on your goals helps you acquire skills that may come in handy later. Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class at college that later in his life had a major influence on the design of Apple products. He could never have known that taking one random college class would have had an impact on the typography of devices all over the world.
Instead of thinking purpose comes before action, action can actually precede purpose. Set some goals, achieve some goals, see that the process works, get momentum and take action on more goals. How can you know your entire life’s purpose until you try something and see if you can stick to it for a few months?
Linking everything to a life’s purpose sounds so heavy. Instead, try a lighter approach: pick a direction, start down that path and see if you like it. If you like it, continue: create a positive habit, master a skill, grow as a person. And if you don’t, you have gained valuable feedback about what your life’s purpose is not going to be about.
Goal setting need not be boring, complicated or serious. There are compelling reasons to absolutely love goal setting – it helps you feel less overwhelmed, more energized and provides much-needed direction.
I want more people to experience the pure magic of goal setting. You WILL feel more in control of your life, grow as a person and create memories out of your dreams.
Goals can change your life… and if that is not compelling enough to love goal setting, then I don’t know what is!
If you need even more motivation to set goals, check out my book, Super Sexy Goal Setting.