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Why Is Setting Goals So Important?

Last Update: March 21, 2019  

You might be asking yourself, "Why is setting goals so important?" Well, we need goals, as they give us a starting point and a direction.

Many of us are not in the habit of setting goals, so we might not even know how to begin.

Often people don't set them out of fear. They are afraid to fail. However, failure is a part of growth.

Failure is also a sign that you are learning. So, when you move forward, don't think of it as succeeding or failing, but as succeeding or learning.

Before you think about how to set a goal, let me ask you this: Do you know your life purpose? There must be a reason why you are here and conscious of your own existence. That reason is your life purpose.

To determine your life purpose, try this exercise: Sit quietly in a relaxed atmosphere and think about your reason for life. What is it that you need to try to do while you are here on earth?

If you take some time to contemplate/meditate on the subject -- perhaps more than once -- you may be surprised at how much you learn about your inner life.

Write down the ideas that come to you so you can think about them again later. When your ideas finally crystallize and you can see a common thread, write, "My purpose in life is..." and then write an answer.

I was fortunate to have a really good MLM experience for about 10 years. One thing they did that was most helpful: When you joined, you were urged to sign up for a workshop that lasted three days.

The workshop was chock-full of mind-opening exercises that got you thinking about your core beliefs. You were encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and open your mind to new possibilities. Then, at the end of the workshop, you took some quiet time and wrote down your life purpose.

Try it -- you will like it. If you can get your purpose into words, it will give you a strong direction in which to aim your life.

This direction will give you great inspiration for establishing a strong goal that grips you with its passion.

How Do You Write A Goal?

First, you think -- exercise those little grey cells -- and decide on the one thing that you want above all else -- the thing that you have passion for. Then, that becomes your main goal.

But wait -- If it is not written down, it is not a goal, but a wish. So write it down. Make it specific and personal.

Make that goal yours -- Give it heart and soul. I was told that a worthy long-term goal lay somewhere between inspiration and fear.

To keep everything realistic, write your goal down on a 3 x 5 card, and keep it with you.

Now, you may have a goal that is earth-shaking in its magnitude (like building a WA website worth a million dollars and owned by someone named Maxine.) How can you possibly reach such a goal?

Well, of course you have to be realistic. Once you know what you really want, and have it written down on a 3 x 5 card, then you put together a plan.

The plan should be big enough to encompass the goal. Do you want to set a time limit? That can be a very good idea, because it gives the whole project a sense of urgency.

That sense of urgency helps motivate you to stay focused on what you want.

Divide the goal into pieces. When you accomplish the first segment, go on to the next. In this way you can not only measure your progress, but you can gather encouragement by looking at how far you have progressed.

Don't try to do it all at once. Take time to build carefully. Remember the elephant -- eat it one bite at a time.

Believe you can do it. When you create a written "map" of your journey, you align with your purpose. By breaking the goal down into a series of short-term objectives, you are paving the road with small successes.

These will keep your mind engaged and keep you moving forward.

You say you want to be a wealthy person? One thing that is true of wealthy people -- they are goal-oriented.

One last thing: Don't forget your affirmations. Say them aloud regularly, as they help program your subconscious mind toward belief.

Be persistent. Focus on obstacles and see the good in them. They teach many of your lessons. Persistence is insurance against failure.

No day goes by without something good happening. Think about these good things. Don't give power to the negative. Think, "This bad stuff is temporary. The good is my reality, and it is what I intend to do."

Your assignment: If you have not done so, think about your life purpose and write down your thoughts. Eventually you can form them into a statement of purpose that resonates with you.

Then think about your goal. Write it down. Divide it into bite-sized pieces. Make these pieces your road map to move you forward.

Wishing all of you the success you want and deserve.

Your comments are appreciated, friends. Please like and comment. Thanks!

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