Why are goals so important? Can’t you achieve things in life without ever having to go through the hassle of writing down your objectives, creating plans and tweaking it constantly?
Why bother setting goals?
It’s a fair query. With the hassles of everyday life, work commitments and family matters setting goals may seem like the last thing you want to do. In fact, our lives are busy enough! So is there really any point in using up what little reserves of energy we have left setting goals and trying to work through a plan to achieve them?
There are two main reasons for setting goals.
The first is fairly straight forward – if you don’t set goals then you will probably never get what you want. When you set a goal to achieve something and write it down, however, you have just placed yourself ahead of 80% of the population and are 85% more likely to get what you want!
The second reason for goal-setting is simple also. If you don’t set a goal for yourself and work towards achieving it then you run the risk of getting something else – perhaps something that you don’t want!
You do not want to find yourself 10 or 20 years down the line playing the “what if” game! What if you had taken a chance? What if you had set a goal to do that thing you always wanted?
At the end of life most people do not recall the mistakes they made, just the opportunities they never took and the things they never got round to doing. Don’t waste your life!
There is an old Chinese proverb that is fitting for this discussion, actually there are two but we will start with “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. What does this have to do with goal-setting and your life?
Small steps taken regularly and consistently can lead you anywhere. If you took only a few steps everyday day but kept going in the same direction everyday you could circumnavigate the globe – all it takes is time!
Put it this way – if you take a few small steps towards your ideal life everyday where will you be in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years? This question leads me to the second Chinese saying. This is the ancient Chinese definition of insanity and it states that you are insane, “when you keep doing the same thing, in the same way and expect a different result.”
How does the Chinese definition of insanity fit into all this?
If you don’t take a few small steps everyday towards your ideal life and the things you desire where will you be in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years?
Doing the same thing that you have always done, in the same way, will get you the same results! Don’t you think it’s time you made a change?
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