Importance Of Setting Goals

January 29, 2015 (Original post here)

In my mind, setting goals seems to be a topic that has been discussed over and over and over and over again. We’re taught at a young age to set goals or in some/most cases have goals set for us. We have standards that we need to hit, lessons that we need to learn, skills that we need to have developed. It seems that the importance of having some type of goal has lost it’s value. In two of my management classes, taught by the same professor, he had us make a list of 5 goals that we want to accomplish. It wasn’t too difficult, in fact most of the students would finish within 1-2 minutes of being assigned the task. Then he asked us to write down 5 more goals. Again, wasn’t too difficult, however it did take more time to think about. You wouldn’t believe what he asked us to do afterwards, he wanted us to write down 5 more goals. Doing this for a third time was rather difficult. I had things that I wanted to accomplish in my mind, but they were all listed in the first two sections and I can only think about the future up to a certain extent. The first time I did this exercise in his class, I was only able to come up with 2 more goals to add on to the first 10. The second time I did it I could only think of 4. After we had our list, he then asked us to pick our top 5 goals and rank them. You would think that the first 5 people listed were automatically their top 5, but there were a good handful of students who picked things from their second and third set. If you’re curious I picked things from my first and second set. Here’s what I picked:

  1. Graduate college w/ B.S.A
  2. Find that “dream job”
  3. Be healthier
  4. Stay committed
  5. Be there for my family

Some of them are very broad and some of them are pretty self explanatory; these are the things I knew I wanted to accomplish.

Goal setting most likely isn’t for everybody. There are probably some people that would rather be the free spirit and let the winds take them wherever they shall. However, I believe that it’s great to have some sort of direction. If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you know you’ve gotten there and how will you know you’re not just settling? Now that my college years are coming to an end, I’m finding the importance of having goals and knowing where I want to go. I don’t know the exact destination, but I do have an idea and that’s enough for me to plan. 

That’s where having a goal comes into play and helps. You can attempt to plan for it. My ultimate goal is to become a blogger, but I would settle for either working in a social media marketing department or a marketing department. Those goals will be the things that drive me to over come any obstacles and they will be the ones that will help me focus. I tend to be all over the place at times, so I need to know what my overall goal/objective is. It’s kind of like when you’re taking a road trip. You need to know where your destination is and plan for any of the possible obstacles that could interfere with the trip. 

If you’re still in college, don’t worry if you’re one of those students who doesn’t know what you want to do yet. You’ll eventually figure it all out or you’ll have some idea of what you want to do. My dad helped me pick my major and he said that it’s better to start broad and then hone in/focus on what you want to do. That’s exactly what happened to me. I ended up picking up an interest in marketing and the more I learned about it the more I ended up really enjoying the subject itself. So I decided to add it and I’m extremely happy because now I have some sort of direction. 

Thinking of a goal isn’t easy, especially when there’s so much that we can set goals for. You can set personal goals for you health, career, relationship, life, etc. So which goal do you follow and pursue? Your main life goal. Do you want to live a life of giving? Helping? Motivating? Or maybe you just want to get by in life. Whatever it may be follow that goal and make sure the other goals fall in line with it. If you want to live a life of just getting by, then everything you want to achieve and accomplish should fall in line. I’m not sure how much value you’ll gain out of it, but you’ll be satisfied. 

I’m not telling you that you need to plan every single little aspect in your life. It would be impossible and I’m a person that strongly believes that the things you can’t control, will eventually fall into place. My advice is that you need to give yourself some type of a direction. You need to know the general idea of where you want to go and then take some time to figure out how you’re going to get there. The general idea is your number 1 goal, and how you’re going to get there is made up of smaller goals. 

What are some of the goals you set for yourself? I’d love to know down below!

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