You’ve probably heard dozens of times in your life that it’s important to set goals. It’s one of those things that matters but can seem elusive or even unattainable. I think that’s because we often look at the concept in the abstract. However, in order to really make goal setting stick, we need to examine the specifics of it and to focus on the reality of just what creating intentional goals can do for your life. 

Avoid Getting Stuck 

Without setting concrete and specific goals, it’s simply too easy to fall into the never-ending cycle of complacency. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that awful feeling of being stuck in a cycle of going nowhere or living your life on auto-pilot. Setting goals and checking in on your progress allows you to visualize the outcome you wish to achieve. It gives you focus and lets you know you have some control in your life. That empowerment is motivating and is essential to moving forward and being successful. 

Break It Down 

Sometimes the things we want for ourselves seem too big to really consider. Making a clear and specific goal can help you to break these giant dreams into smaller, more manageable pieces that allow you to track your progress and actually see results as they happen. Knowing you want to earn more money is fine, but it’s a goal that can leave you wondering where to start. Setting a goal to get a promotion at work or sign a specific number of clients that helps you earn more money is less intimidating. 

Be Accountable 

Goals help you to be accountable to yourself. This can get tricky because it’s easy to ignore the promises you make to yourself. That’s why it’s also important to share your goals and dreams with those close to you. If you do decide to keep them a secret, at least write them down somewhere like a journal and add check-in dates to your calendar. By being held accountable, you will be more motivated to make those dreams a reality. Humans simply respond better to accountability. 

Live Your Best Life 

Finally, goals allow us to focus on what is really important to us. They help to give us purpose and serve as a map to guide us. When you commit to doing something different, you make specific changes in your life to accomplish that. You act in a proactive manner and move forward with purpose, rather than reacting to what life throws at you. It’s far more rewarding to approach your world in this way! 

What goals have you set for this year?  You haven’t yet?  Next week I’ll have 21 questions to ask yourself to help you set the best goals for yourself this year to give you extraordinary results!