It’s easy to get lost in everyday life. You’re in a routine and it almost feels like the world is moving around you. To help you get a grip on your life we made a list of reasons why goal setting is important. We also made a list of 5 Goal Setting Books you can read.
Why Goal Setting is Important
1. Goal setting helps with achieving your goals
A study on goal-setting by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews shows that 42% is more likely to achieve their goals if they wrote them down.
Besides focussing on how to reach these goals it helps with motivating yourself with coming up with new ideas and strategies to reach them. So, write them down right now!
2. Having a clear goal helps with breaking it down in little pieces and making it feel achievable
How would you feel when we tell you that it will take five years to complete your overall goals? Chances are that it’s probably too far away and too big of a goal to reach without a killer motivation.
That’s why it’s important to help you break down your goals in smaller pieces.
Let’s say your goal is to grow your social media account (just a simple example) to 100k followers in 3 years? That sounds like a lot, right?
But now look at it this way: if we would ask you to grow it steadily with a growth of only 15% a month it would probably sound less difficult. You then would focus on reaching that goal of 15% every month which makes your overall goal sound more realistic.
We did the math for you. Starting with 1000 followers, you would reach your goal in the 34th month.
As you can see this results in ‘only’ reaching the goal of 5000 followers in month 13. While this feels like only reaching 5% of your goal it’s much more in reality.
3. Goal setting helps with growing in the right direction
Small changes can result in bigger changes in the long run. We would like to use the following scenario:
Current situation: Finance job Goal situation: Marketing job
You’re about to quit your job because it’s not the job or field you want to work in when the boss calls you in his office the next day.
He told you that he’s going to give you a raise. You are happy because now you can finally buy that new BBQ everyone’s so hyped up about (The Green Egg).
You decide to stay with the company for another year to save more money, because why not, it’s good money, right?
Three years go by. Your spending habits increased, and you got used to your new salary. You got in the rut and been delaying following your goal more and more.
Something inside you happens, and you finally make the move, quit your job and start the marketing job you’ve been dreaming about for so long. After 3 months you couldn’t be happier. This is what you wanted, and it finally happened.
Now, what if you declined that raise and moved jobs right away? You would have that awesome job for over 3 years now. You’re not a beginner anymore and you’re working your way up the company. Because marketing people resonate more with your personality you even met your new girlfriend there.
What we’re trying to say with this is: small changes can lead to short term ‘gains’, but in the long run your drifting apart from your goals and dreams.
By asking yourself if the decision is in line with your goals, you can grow yourself towards your goals and dreams and keep focus. So, again, write your goal(s) down right now!
If you’re a teenager and this example doesn’t make much sense, you can read Goal Setting for Teens: 4 Strategies.
4. Setting goals serves as a constant reminder
As we said at the beginning of this article, it’s easy to get lost in everyday life. Setting goals, writing them down and even putting them up on mirrors will help you focus on them and don’t forget them.
We recommend you do this slightly different than just putting your goals up everywhere in your house. You can do these two things to remind yourself of your goals:
- Turn your goals into little motivational speeches or words. Don’t make these too long, because then you would not read them anymore. Make them between 1 and 4 sentences and put them up around the house.
- Write your goals down in a notebook and read them every morning after you wake up. This way you start your day with a reminder of where you’re working towards.
5. Setting goals helps against procrastination
You didn’t yet write these goals down, am I right? Procrastination is something almost every human has trouble with.
Besides having to do with the effort it takes to do something, people also tend to do things for short term gains instead of long term gains, because well, it’s easier.
This also goes together with breaking things you need to do in smaller tasks and activities. While focussing on smaller goals you’re working towards your overall goals, without it feeling unachievable. Think about this when writing down your goals.
This small change in the way of thinking will help you with understanding why you do and don’t make certain decisions. Understanding this could be of great benefit when motivating yourself or when going through harder tasks.
So, you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down. By breaking them in smaller pieces your goals will feel more achievable and will make it easier to focus.
Goals setting is important because it helps with growing in the right direction, without drifting away. By writing them down in a motivational way (speech or quote) you will constantly be reminded of them which helps with keeping focus and the motivation to achieve them.
Finally, it helps with avoiding procrastination, so this will be the last time we tell you to write your goals down.