Are you one of those people who struggle to see the benefits of goal setting? After all if you have something you want to achieve ? why should you think any further than that? Why not just get on with it? If that works for you that?s great but certainly many of the people who are successful in all sorts of areas in life, don?t just leave things to chance. They set goals and work out what they need to do to achieve them. So here are 5 benefits of goal setting.
1. Provides a focus
One of the effects of not setting goals is that things people often describe as goals are no more than wishes and that?s exactly how they stay. One of the benefits of goal setting is that it provides a focus and a framework to set out exactly what you want to achieve in the short, medium and long term.
2. Forces you to set priorities
Many people are guilty of making plans for themselves whilst forgetting to think about their priorities. If you take the time to set goals properly you will go through the process of deciding how to prioritise your different activities. It will also help you to decide what you may have to sacrifice and stop doing at altogether or tasks that you may have to delegate to other people.
3. Forces you to take ownership
Have you noticed how often people blame someone else for not attempting or achieving a goal? I have friends who regularly say ?I can?t because of the children? ? even when the children have long since left home. Setting goals helps you to take ownership of exactly what it is that you want to achieve.
4. Provides an opportunity to learn from past successes
It?s not healthy to live constantly in the past, particularly if it means that you?re stuck and find it difficult to move on and make desired changes in your life. However, the past can be of great benefit to you when goal setting, because you can draw on past experience and successes and use that knowledge in the present to grow and achieve.
5. Makes you aware of skills and knowledge gaps
One of the reasons why people often fail to set goals is that they lack the skills or knowledge to actually achieve some of their goals and so they get disheartened and don?t even start. One of the benefits to goal setting is that you can properly identify what you need to learn or skills that you need to acquire and plan it in.
These are just 5 benefits to goal setting. You can find further examples at my website. Even if you remain sceptical or unsure about the benefits of goal setting and you really don?t make them ? ask yourself if you?re achieving all the things in your life that you would like to. And if the answer is no ? why not investigate some of the benefits and learn just how much difference setting clear goals could make to your future.