The beginning of a new year is a blank slate, a new beginning, the provision of limitless opportunities — and as exciting as that can be, the vastness can feel intimidating at times.
Unfortunately, many people let this initial intimidation talk them out of setting goals at all. Not only can this stunt our mental and emotional health, but it can also greatly hinder (sometimes prevent altogether) our ability to achieve both personal and professional success.
There are many benefits to implementing the practice of goal setting into your lifestyle, including boosting your confidence, improving your focus and productivity, and fostering a growth mindset.
In this article, we’re going to answer your biggest questions about goal setting, including—why goal setting is important, and what are the benefits of goal setting and we’re also going to give you some practical (but powerful) goal-setting examples.
Why is goal setting important?
Goal setting is important because it’s what makes a dream from being just a vague idea to a real plan in motion. Some people wonder if it’s really necessary to be so thorough with goal setting. Having a clear idea of your objectives is what’s going to enable you to bring them to life.
Through the process of goal setting, you’re going to (fairly quickly) identify what truly matters most to you in your life. Life often feels like it’s pulling us in a hundred different directions and it can be so easy to allow ourselves to get swept up in the day-to-day motions, but setting goals keeps us focused and striving towards something higher than the mundane.
Goals are also an incredibly powerful motivational tool because when you put consistent and genuine effort towards your goals, goals inevitably start to be fulfilled. Watching your resolutions become realized through your hard work and dedication can be thrilling, empowering, and one of the strongest forms of self-motivation and -discipline.
In other words, the main difference between a dream and a goal is a plan.
Benefits of goal setting
When you first start working on setting goals, you might find it’s not as easy as it might seem. When you experience these frustrating or discouraging moments, remind yourself of all of the benefits you’re going to receive by following through with your goals.
Some of the top benefits of goal setting include:
- Clearer direction and purpose
- Helps eliminate unhealthy habits and patterns
- Fosters better time management and productivity
- Sustains positive momentum in life and career
One of the best benefits of goals is their ability to help make dreams our reality.
Goal setting examples
One of the best things about goals is the fact there is no one kind of goal; they can be as wild or as tame, as big or as small, as intimate or as practical as you want them to be.
Some examples of highly transformative goals are:
- Setting personal boundaries with your phone (such as not using it in bed)
- Developing an exercise routine that you genuinely enjoy
- Focus on responding rather than reacting to difficult situations
- Improve your listening and communication skills
- Foster a healthier work/life balance
- Try something new (learn a new language, travel to a new place, challenge yourself in a new way)
- Staying in touch with your loved ones more often
- Spend more time outside and in nature
Setting and achieving goals isn’t easy, and if you’ve struggled to do so in the past, you wouldn’t be the only one. Sometimes all we need is a new start and a fresh perspective from someone who can give us the insight we’re lacking; that’s what we’re here to do.
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If you’re ready to learn how to consistently hit all of your goals without burning yourself out or pushing yourself to develop old habits out of stress, we’re ready to help.