5 Benefits of setting goals – besides achieving them. Some people have simple goals. Some people have great ones. But why do people to it? What happens when you start setting goals for yourself? There are a number of reasons why people set goals, and eventually end setting more and more goals as they go along.
Here are a few things that happen when you set goals for yourself – and most of them are completely unintentional:
Setting realistic goals, and continuously working towards them, has a great effect on your self esteem and your self confidence. Once your mindset is right, and it becomes more about the journey than about the outcome, the mere fact that you are consistently working towards the goal you want to achieve is uplifting – regardless of whether you meet deadlines or not.
2. It breeds self discipline.
There are many life coaches who believe that self discipline is the ultimate success tool. Once you have been able to master that, you can pretty much do anything you set your mind to. Committing to a goal, and working on it every day, even when you don’t feel like it, strengthens your self discipline.
Keep in mind that you may start off with a smallish goal – like losing 5 or 10 pounds, or studying every night for a week (to pass a test) – and you can then build on top of that achievement (not the outcome, but the consistent action) to tackle another goal. “Grow it” from one goal to the next, until you have mastered the skill of self discipline to the point where “not doing something” is not an option you consider.
3. It helps you get into new habits.
While working on any particular goal, chances are that you have to develop one or more specific habits that you need to stick to in order to complete that goal. These habits can be useful long after you completed the goal, and may even end up becoming lifelong habits.
Simple examples include the habit of exercise to lose weight – many people keep on doing their workouts after they reached their target weight, ad it becomes a lifelong habit. Another example would be your nightly studies for a specific test. Once you have passed test, and seen the results, you may want to continue applying the habit for the remainder of your course.
In fact, some people find themselves becoming used to the concept of setting time aside for their goal every day – so by the time they completed their goal, they automatically start thinking about how to put that time slot to good use again.
4. Success – and even consistent progress – is addictive.
Many people find themselves so elated with being able to achieve their goals that they simply tackle the next goal – and the next, and the next, etc. Every time they achieve something, the celebration becomes the motivation for another goal – whatever it may be.
Their whole life becomes a constant quest for personal growth.
5. When goal setting becomes a habit, success becomes inevitable.
When you start linking your goals into a chain that leads to a better life, success becomes inevitable (unless you give up, of course – which becomes increasingly unlikely).
Let’s say you want to create a better life for yourself, and have a better job. Your first goal could be to save money (spending less and saving up) for a short course. That becomes a lifelong habit. In order to complete the course successfully, you need to commit to the time needed for attendance and study. That one short course becomes another, and another, and pretty soon your skill set starts looking impressive on your CV.
Once your additional skills combine into more value for a potential employer, you go find a better paying job. Once you have a better paying job, you have more money available, so you can start spending money on better courses.
The continuous cycle of generating more free cash, and then using it to improve your skill set, will eventually take you to a better life.
The same principle can be applied to many different goals. You could start off by wanting to lose weight, which may lead to you becoming more physically active, which may lead you to explore personal growth, which may eventually lead you to becoming a life coach – or even a personal trainer.
When you sit down to plan your next goal, think about it:
Where could this goal lead you to? Which possible steps are available after you completed your first goal?
You can, of course, choose any sequence of goals you wish – they don’t have to be related. But if they are, those single goals can eventually amount to something MUCH bigger than the sum total of the individual achievements.