Why is Goal Setting Important for Achieving Success?
Often overlooked, goal setting is a critical piece for success in your career in leadership and life in general. Goals encourage success, and setting individual or team goals for your subordinates can motivate them to accomplish things they otherwise wouldn’t. Here are five reasons to answer the question of “why is goal setting important?”
Why is Goal Setting Important- #1 Forces you to focus
Alexander Graham Bell said “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Goals force you to hone in on a target and gives your activities a sense of purpose. Setting goals give you a direction to concentrate your efforts.
Why is Goal Setting Important- #2 Know when you accomplish something.
Setting goals let you know when you have accomplished something. For example, if you say "I want to be a good runner." How do you know when you have finished that task? Without setting a clear goal, you don’t know. If instead, you say "I want to run a mile in 10 minutes" you set a clear expectation of what your goal consists of.
Why is Goal Setting Important- #3 Make large tasks easier to achieve
Have you heard of the proverb “how do you eat an elephant...one bite at a time? As silly as that quote is there is much truth in it. Difficult tasks can be overwhelming if they are not broken down. Take a similar example from above. Let's say you have a goal to run a marathon. A marathon is 26.2188 miles. To most that would be a daunting task. However, what if you divided it down to one mile, then five miles and then worked up from there? Pretty soon you would achieve that marathon one mile at a time.
Why is Goal Setting Important- #4 Goals motivate and keep you accountable
Clear and appropriate feasible goals can drive and keep you moving forward. Continuing with the example above, say you did break up your goal of running a marathon into smaller mile increments. After you accomplish a one-mile goal, then the three-mile goal, then five-mile goal and so forth you will become energized because you hit those goals. Achieving those goals lead to a feeling of accomplishment and encourages you to move forward toward the end goal.
Why is Goal Setting Important- #5 Goals keep you accountable and give feedback
Appropriate goals are excellent at giving you feedback and being an honest critique. At the end of the day, you either met the target or you did not. Not reaching a goal can give you valuable information and can show you areas where improvement is needed.
The running example used is an easily relatable goal, but the principles apply broadly to just about anything. Are you trying to write a paper? Are you trying to finish a big project for work? Are you trying to make a significant personal or career change? Goal setting is vital for achieving success in those areas.
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