How important is Goal Setting?
Are they Dreams?Though you can translate dreams into reality, dreams themselves aren't goals. By definition, dreams are abstract and not exact. Dreams - at best - may have a quantitative angle but seldom a time frame. Goals cannot be abstract. Goals are objectives that are specific both in terms of quantity and more importantly in terms of time.
Are they Wishes?Though wish is a strong driving force behind success, a wish by itself is not a goal. You wish to become successful, rich and what not. But do you really work towards these? Though it is great to have wishes as motivators, it is goals that actually make you work towards achieving them. Just like dreams, wishes are also abstract and without a time frame.
Goals are specific, close-ended quantifiable objectives with a fixed time frame for achieving them. Secondly, in case of goals, the results have a strong correlation to the level of efforts to achieve them, unlike a wish or a dream that might come true out of sheer luck. Unlike dreams and wishes, goals can be broken down into smaller and short terms objectives, which then become checkpoints for making sure you, are on the right track.
Why Set Goals?Though you can translate dreams into reality, dreams themselves aren't goals. By definition, dreams are abstract and not exact. Dreams - at best - may have a quantitative angle but seldom a time frame. Goals cannot be abstract. Goals are objectives that are specific both in terms of quantity and more importantly in terms of time.
You may have general life goals: happiness, security, and wealth, acceptance by others, health, and some measures of success but these goals often remain vague. You may be quite busy, and may even be overwhelmed with responsibilities, but you goals are never achieved because they are never properly set in the first place. Without clear, specific goals, even the most diligent work inevitably turns into nothing more than an unavoidable interruption between weekends.
While it's important to have specific goals, it's equally important to keep them manageable. Break goals into sub-objectives that are easier to achieve, because they are incremental. Remember that results you achieve will be in proportion to the effort you apply.
Consistency is extremely important in your efforts to achieve your goals. All of us have an "energy bank account" deposited in our bodies. But we can't make any more deposits into our energy account; we can only make withdrawals. So we should strive to spend our energy as creatively and wisely as we can over the longest possible time span.
To understand the importance of goals, you can take the cliché of traveling without a destination. It might actually give you pleasure if you are on a vacation. But does it make sense when you are not on a vacation? Goals have the same effect on the journey of life. You decide the destination and the time frame and it automatically facilitates your decision regarding the route. Once the route is decided, you can check whether you are on the right track and on schedule.
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