A lot of us think about goal setting then get nervous because we either don't understand the strategy of it, and/or we feel like when we set goals we can never accomplish them. I will admit I used to be that person who set new goals for the new year and forgot them by the time January ended. I would later find those goals written on a random sheet of paper later during the year and think it's too late to accomplish it, or feel like there was no point in accomplishing it. I loved setting goals at the beginning of the year, but I never stuck to it.
I am happy to say that not only do I now understand the strategy of goal setting, but I have also been able to accomplish most of the goals I have set for myself. One thing I had to get clear on was understanding what I truly wanted; not just setting a goal, but understanding the feeling I wanted to achieve as a result of that goal. I had to dig deep to search and find what I really wanted at that particular point in my life. It wasn't easy, but with prayer, meditation, and learning more about myself I was able to discover those feelings I wanted to achieve.
There are two types of goals, short term goals and long term goals. I like to think of short term goals as the building blocks or check points that will get you to your long term goals. Short term goals make your long term goals seem more achievable especially if you set the bar high for yourself.
Goals help you measure your progress. Sometimes, if you don't have goals in place then you don't have a way to measure your progress. If you are clear on what you want to accomplish, then you are able to measure if you are on track or not. If you are on track then keep doing what you're doing, but if you aren't then you have an opportunity to examine what hasn't been working and make necessary changes.
Goals help give you motivation. Sometimes we get distracted and lose track of what it is that we want to accomplish. When you set solid goals for yourself you're able to quickly get back on track and remember what you want to achieve. Goals give you direction in life. Sometimes we have no idea where we are headed, but when you set goals you have some control over where you're headed. This allows you to create the future that you desire for yourself.
Goals give you a starting point and a destination to reach. It doesn't matter where you are now. No, you may not be where you want to be in life and that's ok. You have to understand that you have the power to change and create a life that you are proud of. It is not where you start, but rather where you are going. Be proud of how far you've come, because it is farther than where you were yesterday.
Don't be afraid to set goals for yourself, because if you start now you will be one step closer to where you want to be. Remember, the hardest part is getting started.