Ever dreamed of being an elite athlete, a Hollywood star, a mega successful business-person, or a ground-breaking scientist?
Goals could turn aspirations and dreams into reality. When you plan for the future and work towards it, that’s a goal.
If you’re not convinced that setting goals is a great habit to get into, here’s 5 reasons you might want to hop on the bandwagon:
- Provide focus
Time flies, and before you know it big life events are happening all around you. From subject selection, exams, year 12, choosing a career, finding the right pathway to get you there…
Goal setting could help you find clarity and provide you direction in life, then focus your time and energy into all the right places.
For example, if your goal this year is to improve your marks at school, you’ll need to prioritise and identify the key action steps that will help that happen. You might research the best subjects and combinations for you, organise a study plan, get advice from teachers, or practise past exam papers. Then maximise results even more by eliminating time wasting tasks, like excessive use of social media and binge-watching TV shows.
- Take control of your life
When you set goals, you get to choose what’s important, decide the outcomes you want, and plan how you’ll go about achieving that.
It could be really empowering, and help you gain independence and feel great about yourself.
If you’re already the kind of person who is focused and knows what they want from life, you’re doing really well.
But it’s easy to lose track of your plan and let things slip by the way-side. By committing to setting a goal and all that goes with it, you’ll be able to see your achievements and measure your progress, which could help you stay motivated and accomplish more.
You’re more likely to keep the momentum going if you have deadlines to meet, steps to follow, and milestones to celebrate.
- Maximise your potential
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
Michael Phelps, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Elon Musk all set goals and credit this habit for making them as successful as they are.
Working towards a clear vision pushes you into action rather than day-dreaming about a future and waiting for it to fall into your lap.
As a school student, Barrack Obama famously answered a class assignment on what you’d like to be when you grow up with “President of America”. So aim big – just set goals to help you get there.
- Help you grow
Does that sound a bit fluffy? Well if that doesn’t strike a chord, how about helping you to be the best that you can be, making your own luck, or living your best life. If any of those sound appealing, then get your goal setting hat on.
When you set goals, you’ll see results. So whether you want a successful career, to travel the globe, help others, be rich, or just be happy and healthy – set yourself some goals and make the most of out of life.