I recently had a conversation with one of my former students. She has been in school for a few years now, but is not happy with the strategy her career has taken. In fact, she is also not happy with personal life either. Her voice developed more than a touch of frenzy as she said, "I do not know what to do."
I asked her about her goal. Her response was a rather slack-looking surprise. "The goal?" Well, she was not whining anymore.
I asked her what she would like to see her career in a few years. I asked her where she looked at her life in a few years. She knew the answers to these questions and soon became animated when she discussed her desire to start her own business. We discussed what she needed to accomplish her goal and what had to change.
When we understood how she felt much better at her job because she knew she was not trapped in it. She took the necessary steps to prepare for long-term goals. She watched the prize and emphasized her.
It's power goals. What are your goals? There are seven reasons why you need goals.
~ To lead to life
~ To make sure we choose the direction of our lives – not others, not fate, not the media, etc.
~ To Encourage
~ Make sure we get what we want from life
~ To save time
~ To reduce stress
~ To give a sense of Performance
While it may be fun to live without real-time, long-term, people are wired for the purpose and purpose. The goals give a sense of the direction and purpose of life.
It's often easy to let others put our policies for us. We take work because the family or friends point us in that direction and we follow the instructions of our boss. We go in another direction because popular culture or media tell us to do it. The simple truth is that if we do not set our goals then we will find it too easy to follow the path that others have put. This can lead to stress and unhappiness. We have great potential for happiness and fulfillment on our own and pursuing our own goals.
While the goals certainly lead to our policies, they also provide incentives to get through difficult times and choices. Perhaps going to college at night while working full time can be stressful and difficult in a short period of time, but in the long run to be able to pursue the professional goals that we wish will make it worthwhile.
The goals also serve as a destination for what we really want out of life. Some are measured in cash or commodities, but for others, the limits are measured in time or freedoms. If we do not have goals described as being our unique perspective on life, it is easy to take into account life and others.
A goal can also help save time. When the "To do" list must be long and your calendar too busy then you can simply compare your goals in the list. What items help you achieve your goal? What items are necessary for your goal? Scratch the rest as insignificant.
As goals save time, they also reduce stress because you use the goals to focus on your life and choices make it easier to make those decisions. Should you take a new job at work? How does it match your goals?
Finally, the goals give you a measurable understanding of the results. Every goal you achieve, actually every step you make about that goal can give you boost energy and momentum to move on. Each success brings you to the next level of success.
Go out now and set your goals!