Goal setting: Why set goals?

Here are my favorite quotes that answer this question beautifully?
“Success is goals, everything else is commentary.”~ Mark Twain
“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” ~ Bill     Copeland
“Goal setting is the core of existence that defines life.” – Joanne Bonomi
“To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.” – Ralph Waldo Emereson
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
And here are the reasons and a case for having goals:

Carefully read through the reasons why you should set goals.

Reason number 1: Goals will save your life.

“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to

really keep us alive.” ~ Bill Copeland

I have completely re-invented myself over the period of 3 months. I’m sure you can’t wait to do that too. Before I will tell you how I did it I want you to look at the quote above one more time. Do you think it is true?

Well, I can tell you from my own experience and experience of many super successful people that this quote is true indeed. Having goals is not only essential but it is life saving. Goals will save your life.

How will they do that? It is simple. For example you will completely eliminate or significantly decrease your engagement in risky behaviors. Why? Because you will want to live to the day you achieve your goal.

I quit excessive, social drinking for that reason. I know that I act in a highly erratic and risky way under influence of alcohol and my mind looses focus quickly. Therefore it is my only logical choice: not to build my life around drinking alcohol .

Another example could be performing some extreme sports or accepting invitations of shady individuals etc and risking health and life as a result. Or accepting an unhealthy job. The list goes on. So let me remind you. Without goals the chances are that you will engage in unhealthy and life threatening choices. You need goals to survive.

Reason number 2: Goals will bring success faster than anything else.

I can assure you that nothing can propel you to success faster than properly set goals. And here are the reasons ( from Wikipedia ):

  • Choice: goals narrow attention and direct efforts to goal-relevant activities, and away from perceived undesirable and goal-irrelevant actions.
  • Effort: goals can lead to more effort; for example, if one typically produces 4 widgets an hour, and has the goal of producing 6, one may work more intensely than one would otherwise in order to reach the goal.
  • Persistence: An individual becomes more prone to work through setbacks   if pursuing a goal.
  • Cognition: goals can lead an individual to develop cognitive strategies to   change their behavior.

Reason number 3: Goals will make you rich… if you set a monetary goal.

All the successful people will tell you this: Material wealth or having loads of money is a direct result of goal setting. Having monetary goals will increase your cash flow and net worth like nothing else known to man.

Reason number 4: Goals will focus your energy and will make you more centered.

This is the most exciting reason to me, because thanks to goals I am able to produce results I desire fast by putting The Power of Focus to work. The Power of Focus is even more important these days due to destructive potential of the Internet. With goals you will use the Internet in a targeted way to your advantage rather than use it as a tremendous time waster.

Reason number 5: Goals will make you happy.

There is a quote by Denis Waitley:

“Happiness is a by-product of goals, it can not be a goal by itself.”

What that means is that you achieve happiness indirectly, by focusing and working on your goals. In other words you can’t be happy without goals.

For example, I have tried things like positive thinking and meditation to be happy. They alone don’t work too well for me. I need goals to have a sense of direction and a sense of urgency. I can’t just float. Floating does not make me happy.

Reason number 6: Goals will make you stand out from the crowd like crazy.

Yes, once you will set BIG GOALS and begin performing goal-achieving actions, you will leave your competition and everybody else in the dust. It is only natural effect of having goals. You won’t have to try to be different. You will become different and a LEADER, not the follower. I guarantee it.

Reason number 7: Without goals you give control over your life to someone else.

Consider the following quote again ( my favorite quote by the way ) :

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn.

This reason alone is sufficient to me to live a goal-oriented lifestyle. Why? Because the alternative is giving up on yourself. I hope you understand the ultimate price you will pay: Without your own goals you will fall into someone else’s plan. And how does that make you feel? I know that these are strong words, but does slavery sound good to you?

Act: Create your list of goals ASAP.


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