If you’ve been around me long enough, you've heard dozens of times that it's important to set goals. It matters but this can seem vague or even unreachable. I think that's because we look at the concept in the abstract. But, in order to make goal setting stick, we need to look at the specifics and to focus on the reality of just what creating goals can do for your life. That's what I am going to share with you now, so let's move on to understanding the importance of setting goals and the difference doing so can make in your life.
Avoid Getting Stuck
Without setting concrete and specific goals, it's too easy to fall into the never-ending cycle of settling. You know the one I'm talking about. It's that awful feeling of being stuck in a cycle of going nowhere or living your life on auto-pilot. Setting goals and checking in on your progress allows you to visualize the outcome you want to achieve! It gives you focus and lets you know you have some control over your life. That empowerment is motivating and is crucial to moving forward.
Break It Down
Sometimes the things we want seem too massive to consider. Making a resolution can help you to break these giant dreams into smaller, more manageable steps that allow you to track your progress and see results as they happen. Knowing you want to earn more money is fine, but it's a goal that can leave you wondering where the hell to start. Deciding to gain a promotion at work or learn a new skill to help you earn more can seem less intimidating.
Goals help you to be accountable to yourself. This can get tricky because it's easy to ignore the promises you make to yourself. That's why it's also important to share your goals and dreams with those close to you. Go into our Venus Warrior group on Facebook here to stay on track! If you do decide to keep your resolutions a secret, at least write them down and add check-in dates to your calendar. By being held accountable, you will be more motivated to make those dreams a reality. We simply respond better to accountability. Having a resolution is great for this purpose.
Live Your Best Life
Finally, goals allow us to focus on what we really want to accomplish. They help to give us purpose and serve as a map to guide us. When you resolve to do something different, you make specific changes in your life to accomplish that. You move forward with purpose, rather than crumbling to what life throws at you. It's so rewarding to approach your world this way.These are just a few examples of the importance of setting goals, but I hope they're enough to get you thinking about the benefits you can get from this exercise. Keep them in mind as we move forward to explore more in our Goals and Resolutions Challenge.
Tomorrow we will talk about the difference between goals and resolutions.