Do you feel like you are the same person as 5 years ago? Do you feel like your life is following a rhythm which is difficult to change? Are you frustrated by your lack of progress in improving particular areas of your life?
Researchers have proven that setting goals has an important psychological impact on our brain. Our lives become our thoughts, so if we lock on to a goal, and think about that goal often, we will find that we gravitate toward that outcome sometimes without being aware that we are doing so.
Goals feed motivation and when we recognise and record goals it creates an increased sense of fulfilment when we achieve them.
Goal setting also creates clarity and helps to prioritise what is most important to us, whether financial, career-based, personal or physical.
Goal setting also increases achievement. Hundreds of correlational & experimental studies provide evidence that setting goals increases our success rates in various settings, including education, sport & business.
Many years ago, I set a goal to run my own business where I could leave work at the end of the day feeling good about what I achieved for my clients every day. Just having that goal set helped me take small steps towards it over the years that followed.
It was an important frameset for my future and was the first step in creating the life that I wanted.
The message? We all know how important it is to set goals, to write them down, to re-visit them regularly, and to socialise them with loved ones. However, very few us do it. In subsequent articles, we will explore why we are so reluctant to set goals, and the many pitfalls to be wary of which can keep us from achieving them – instances where our minds can actually work against us.
Have you set some goals in place?