I have been a goal setter right from my childhood.
I first heard of the word ‘goals’ in my first year in the university. That may not have been the first time, but that was when someone explained the concept to me, I got to understand and begin using it.
But there was an end of year ritual my father used to make us do. Something we called ‘prayer request.’
At the end of every year, we will sit together as a family, review our year, (what we did right or wrong, achievements, failures etc). Then we will write down what we wanted for the coming year— character improvements or changes, academics, behavior, etc.
We would then pray about this things together after reading out loud, and then get to work.
This was my earliest memory of goal setting, which only made sense after I had a better understanding of what ‘goals’ is. And it’s not different from what we hear or read today.
That’s how I know I have been a goal setter, a planner addict right before I actually knew what they were.– Thanks to my father.
For some of us, goal setting is something we have been told to do since we were children. But perhaps, most people think that the goal setting term is overused, over-rated, undervalued and or archaic while others don’t think its relevant.
In creating the life you want, setting goals is important if not mandatory.
A goal worth pursuing is not something that anyone can easily talk you out of achieving.
Having a goal written down with a set date for accomplishment gives you something to plan and work for. A written goal is an external representation of your inner desires; its a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish. It propels you forward.
Most of us have big dreams that seem impossible to accomplish. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you’re staring at a massive, seemingly insurmountable mountain. Proper goal setting can help break larger, intimidating aspirations into smaller, more achievable stepping stones. Planning towards these smaller goals not only makes it easier to formulate a definite plan of action that we can start working on right away, but research has shown that hitting smaller milestones provides real motivation and greater contentment.
Having goals makes you accountable. Rather than just talk, you are now obligated to act. This accountability is accountability to yourself, not anyone else. No one knows the goals you set. By setting specific targets, you can easily see if you are on track, and if not, what to do about them.
This is more or less an introductory post. I intend to write more on each of this steps individually and make available to you with workbooks and templates.
But for the time being,
What goals are you looking to achieve in the following areas of your life:
Finance, Spiritual, Personal development, business/career, Health/fitness, Family/friend, Fun/recreation etc.
Write down everything you want to do in these areas of your life, to help create the life you want.