“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” – Zig Ziglar
In order to successfully plan your life, you need to set goals. We can set goals have every area of our life; career, financial, education, personal, family and relationships.
Here are three good reasons why we need to set goals;
1) Help us focus our energy and attention
Once we know what we want, we give it our attention. When we set SMART goals, our goals are moved from the back of our mind to the front. When this occurs, when opportunities arise we are able to recognise them and take advantage of them.
Say for example, your goal is to start a catering business in January next year and you are offered two jobs;
Job 1: Working in an office with a good salary, with not very long hours.
Job 2: Working with a catering company, good salary, but working long hours.
If your goal of setting up your own catering business is at the forefront of your mind you would most likely accept the job with the catering company.
This job will give you valuable experience to need to help you set up your business next year. However, if your goal is at the back of your mind, you will most likely accept the office job, due to the fact that you won’t have to work long hours.
2) Setting goals provide a sense of direction
When we set goals we know clearly what we are aiming for. We don’t have to follow the crowd, as we have taken the time to think about what we want. We are less easily swayed by pressure from family and society.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
3) Motivate us
Goals motivate us. Sometimes when the going gets tough it is easy to forget why we are going through hell. We see others on ‘easy street’ and we are ready to join them. However, if we have our goals written down somewhere visible, we will constantly be reminded of what we want to achieve in the long term .
To quote Henry Ford; “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”