The Importance of Goal Setting
Updated: Jun 5
Too often people complain of feeling lost, of being rudderless, lacking in direction or motivation. Frequently people feel overwhelmed by the range of challenges life presents. Goal setting is increasingly seen as a useful method of dealing with some of the most intractable of issues. Goal setting for the short, medium or long term can help to build your motivation and confidence and be applied to your personal and/or professional life.
Dr Maureen Gaffney at a recent webinar mentioned having three goals: professional, personal (relationships/) and self and that during Covid-19 those goals should be modest.
Why is goal setting important?
Setting realistic goals can help your mental health and well-being because there are few things worse than beating yourself up over what you should have done. A tremendous amount of satisfaction can be derived from meeting even the simplest of goals, from a 20-30 minute daily walk in the park to positive self-talk or embracing a new hobby. Think of goal setting as a potential guiding star in your life.
Some Key Points When It Comes To Setting Goals
When it comes to goal setting the number one issue is that your goals should be realistic. You may like to climb Everest but it is probably advisable to start with something a bit more measured.
Setting realistic goals means having a greater chance of attaining those goals, which in turn builds confidence. Conversely, setting unrealistic goals can cause demotivation and reduce a person's confidence.
Goal setting can be a useful way of creating structure around which you can operate and also adapt as life issues come and go. It also gives you a sense of control while providing some personal satisfaction.
Goal setting can be very important for bringing a sense of purpose to your life. Having daily, weekly, montly or yearly goals can help you to feel your achieving something and not just 'living another year' with little to show.
Having goals reduces the risk of procrastination and that feeling of regret that you didn't do something while giving you something to aim for whether it be saving for a holiday or car, losing a few pounds or starting the novel you always talked about writing.
One of the fun aspects of goal setting is that goals don't have to be rigid, indeed, it is recommended that goals should be flexible. Let not perfection become the enemy of good enough.
It is important that your goals mean something to you. The more invested you are in your goals, the greater the probability of success.
One of the biggest benefits of goal setting is that it helps you to change habits. Too often people's old pattern of behaviour reasserts itself, causing some to not get to where they want to go. Having a precise goal in mind which you can focus on should help you to create new patterns of behaviour and not see you deviate too far from the new path you wish to travel.
Goal setting is one of the surest ways to maximise performance, whether it comes to improving your physical or mental health or developing your career.
Having goals allows you measure your progress against a fixed point or benchmark.
For '10 Tips For Setting Your Greatest Goals', click here
For 'Why The Secret To Success Is Setting The Right Goals', click here
For 'How To Set Goals You'll Actually Stick To', click here
For 'The Importance, Benefits, & Value of Goal Setting', click here