The Importance of Goal Setting
The Importance of Goal Setting by Alex Cleanthous
Looking back on your life on your death bed and feeling
totally satisfied at achieving everything you ever wanted in
life... achieving and living all your dreams.
In life, we all have something dreams of a better life... of
a life where things are exactly how we want them.
Whether it's our finances, our family, our health, our
contribution to society, or all of the above... we all have
a dream of how our life would look life if it were perfect
in every respect.
The difference between the people who do eventually get to
live the life of their dreams and those who will only ever
yearn for their dream is goal setting.
We all have goals, whether we consciously set them or not.
Whether it is to pay the bills at the end of the week; or to
buy a new house; or to increase profits in your business; or
to lose those extra few pounds; or to create the life of
your dreams... everybody has goals.
The difference between living a fulfilling life and just
living an average life is the quality of the goals you set
for yourself. Yet why do only 5% of adults ever write goals?
Did you know that studies have found that 95% of adults will
never write a goal in their life? Which means only 5% of
adults will ever write goals in their life!
Another interesting statistic is the distribution of wealth
throughout the population. Recent studies have found that
90% of all the wealth in our society is controlled by just
10% of the population. An example of this is found in the
share market... where 90% of all the traded shares are
controlled by just 10% of the investors.
Is there a correlation between the fact that only 5% of
adults ever write goals, and 10% of adults control 90% of
In my opinion... there is!
You've boarded a plane in Los Angeles heading west over the
Pacific Ocean... but you don't have a destination.
All you know is that you'll be taking off soon. And you hope
that you land somewhere good.
Where will you land?
What will you do when you get there?
Will you land at all?
Did you know that an airplane traveling between two cities
is on course only 5% of the time? The other 95% of the time
is spent getting back on course as a result of the wind and
Setting goals is like having a destination before takeoff.
If you know where you're going, you can focus on the end
result and get back on track if any obstacles get in the
Without a set destination you'll be knocked off course by
the first obstacle in your path, and never end up reaching
Without your own written goals, you're like a plane that
leaves the airport with no real destination in mind. Sure
you might be able to take off and cruise for a while, but
eventually you WILL land somewhere... and that somewhere may
not be where you want to be.
We all have at least 5 major areas in our life that if we
set clear, written goals for would dramatically improve the
quality of our life in each area. Those areas are: finances;
career; health; family; friendships.
By setting goals in each area of our life we give ourselves
a target, something to aim for, something that if we
achieved would have a dramatic positive impact in our life.
Goals give us something to measure our progress against, to
see if what we are doing is moving us closer or further from
our ultimate target. If our actions are moving us closer to
our target then we keep doing what we're doing. If our
actions are moving us further from our target, then we must
change what we are doing so that we can move closer to our
But this also opens up the possibility of failure... and
that is one of the biggest obstacles that you must overcome
to have a truly fulfilling life. Most people never set goals
because of the fear of failure, and the fear of the unknown.
The fear of failure is the biggest obstacle that we all must
overcome in every part of our life...
And the fear of the unknown is the fear of moving outside of
our comfort zone and into a world that we do not know.
The exciting part is...
Unless you are currently living the life of your dreams,
your dreams lay outside the realm of your current comfort
zone, in the unknown...
So take the first step today in creating the life of your
dreams and start writing goals today.
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