I thrive in life till the age of 26, either in career and personal development. I felt great, made my parents proud and seems my life was heading in the right direction. Or at least, till the day my life fell apart.
I still remember the day I reached my life goal of becoming a Head Chef for 5-star hotels. I felt accomplished, I told myself “You did it”.
The problem was that I didn’t have another life’s goal, I was contented with my achievements. Back then I didn’t know that not setting goals in life can be a very dangerous thing to do for one own mind. For all my life till that point, unconsciously, I act upon my life’s goal to become a successful Chef.
I feel bad to admit this, but walking the path of life without goals and purpose, it is been the worst experience of my life.
While this may seem like quite a harsh statement, it almost screwed my future and harmed my loved one.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland
From that negative experience, I’ve learned that I should NEVER walk life without goals, and you shouldn’t either.
The best part of all this is that setting goals in life is something you can do relatively quickly and easily. Tomorrow, in the second article of this two-part series, we’ll cover all the practical nuts and bolts on how to do that. But today, I’ve trimmed down the 5 most compelling reasons why you should set goals in life, and why it’s worth your time and effort.
But first, few warning signs that you might be suffering from “goalless syndrome”:
- You oversleep most days.
- You drink too much.
- Every weekend you go chilling out because life is stressful.
- Going out without any reason.
- Indulge in food.
- Drink too much coffee.
- Feel bored most days.
- Play video games as if would be your second job.
- Spend money on useless things or activities.
- Not feeling satisfied, therefore trying to make more money to buy more useless things.
I speak from experience because I went through these bad habits during my depressing years. In surface, they might seem like not much or even “normal” behaviors, but in reality, they had profound negative effects on my life. Thankfully, by setting meaningful goals in life once again, one by one those bad habits got replaced by healthy habits such spending more time with my family, help others to achieve greatness, and feel grateful for all the good things life has to offer.
WHY GOALS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO LIVE A RICH LIFE
Do you set goals for yourself? What are your goals for the next 12 months? How about 3 years from now? 5 years? 10 years?
When you set clear goals, you’ll readily see your life lit with direction and meaning. As opposed to living day by day just for the sake of living, doing a job that you don’t love, spending time with people you don’t like.
Isn’t that magic?
How did I turn around my life?
I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, which spark in me the desire to set meaningful goals to ensure a bright future for her and my new family.
Yes, it was a cause and effect sort of thing. You might think that your parents, friends or close one would help you in your life to greatness, right? Think again.
Unless you’re surrounded by successful people that TRULY care for you, that isn’t going to happen.
I hope, this article is going to trigger in you the same strong desire to set goals in your life to achieve greatness, live a rich life and ultimately create a strong purpose.
Below are 5 reasons why you may need to set goals in life:
1# MONEY & FINANCIAL PROSPERITY
What would you expect from a personal financial blogger as first reason to have goals in life? Your financial future depends on your life goals.
Setting long-term goals help you to move in the right direction in life. In turn rippling out to your short-term goals, then action plans, then daily actions.
Goals clear your path to success in life while achieving your full potential. Without goals, you’re like a boat with a broken engine in the middle of the sea. Stuck, hoping someone will rescue you.
Instead of hoping for rescue, fix the engine and drive your boat to the port.
A great example is Arnold Schwarzenegger, a gold-mine of inspiration. Arnie knows how to flex his goal setting muscle.
He stresses the importance to visualize goals in life. Arnold’s clarity is incredible. His goals were precise and concise. At the age of 15, Arnold visualized his goals:
I want to be the best-built man in the world. Then I want to go to America and be in movies. I want to be an actor. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
How do you think Arnold is doing financially? Pretty good I suppose. He even bought a Tank (yes, a real one) for the fun of destroying things in his garden.
And here the result of having crystal clear goals in life:
In two or three years, I had actually been able to change my body entirely. That told me something. If I had been able to change my body that much, I could also, through the same discipline and determination, change anything else I wanted. I could change my habits, my whole outlook on life. -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Isn’t that powerful? You bet it is.
2# LIVING A FULFILLING LIFE
Many people sleepwalk through life. Even though they work hard, have a good career or make good money, they don’t see themselves getting what they want.
They feel like having missed the train in their life. So, they wait, wait and wait for the next train to pass by, but it never does.
The common question ones ask is: “Is life worth living?
That’s because they don’t have clear goals and a direction where they want to go.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Lucius Annaeus Senaca
Students graduate and aren’t sure what to do with their life. Adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s are shocked how fast life is passing by and don’t know what to do next.
By sitting down and setting some goals, you break out from a life in autopilot and start living a conscious life. A life driven by your decisions rather than living a life without control or even worst, decided by others.
Life is packed with colorful experiences worth living. Live the life you want.
You might wonder: “It sound wonderful but how?”
The most effective way that has helped me to live a conscious and fulfilling life is at least once a year, set or review my life’s goals.
Few questions to help you set your goals:
- What do you want to do in life?
- What is important to you?
- What do you want your life to be like?
- And how will you get there?
Write it down, and keep it somewhere you will see it often, and take action.
3# ACHIEVE SUCCESS
Success is the end result of clear goals. Goals give you laser focus as what to spend your time and focus on.
Just think about your next business. Let’s say you want to open the best vegan restaurant in town. Even though you have not idea how to make it happen, the very act of setting a goal is taking you one step closer to the end result.
By setting goals, your time and energy can be funneled into the right areas to achieve success.
Scientific research shows that setting and working towards goals can contribute to happiness in various ways, including:
- Give us a sense of purpose and meaning
- It’s a source of engagement and pleasure
- When we achieve our goals, we feel accomplished building our confidence and meaning.
Actively working forward our goals bring as much joy as achieving the end result.
Do you want to be happy in life? Set your goals and achieve them.
5# BIG DREAMS COME REAL
You have a big dream in your mind, and I’m here to help you along the way. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you’re starting moving forward, but with a firm goal in mind, the impossible will become possible.
Proper goal setting help to break down big tasks in smaller and easier actions having a positive psychologic impact in your life. It’s important to stay motivated during your path to greatness.
Count on me on this journey, I want to see you succeed.
There are many more reasons, of course, and each person will find her own reasons. These are just a few of mine.
However, I can conclude that having goals is important in life to push you to be the best that you can be. Other benefits of setting goals include the greater likelihood of attaining prosperity, which may come in the form of money and personal satisfaction. See, you have nothing to lose, only to gain.
As I mention, tomorrow we’ll get into the bolts and nuts of how to set meaningful goals. But it should be obvious from this introduction that goals need to be meaningful to you for having a positive impact in your life. You can force yourself to set goals even if you aren’t interested in doing so, but good goals aren’t just about quantity, it’s about quality.
People with meaningful goals achieve greatness. People with meaningless goals go nowhere. The choice is yours.
What are your goals in life? Visualize your goals in the comment below.