Goals are what take us to the next level in life- they provide us with a direction to turn our dreams into a reality.
They work as the first steps in our journey and set us on a pathway to success.
In order to really understand the importance of goals in life, we must understand and apply our understanding of goal setting.
Stephen Covey, the author of ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” states that we must “Begin with the end in mind.”
In other words, our goals must be the end that we work towards.
But why are goals so important? And how much do we need them to achieve real success?
Here at James Hopkins Coaching, we believe that the process of setting goals is important for a range of reasons.
Firstly, goals give you focus.
If you were asked to shoot an arrow without being given a target where would you start?
Why would you start in a particular place? What would be the purpose of shooting the arrow?
This is literally what you would be doing if you were to work without a goal or target in mind.
Completely pointless right?
Even with all the skill and talent in the world, if you don’t have a target, your skills cannot help you.
By setting yourself goals, you provide yourself with a target to shoot for.
You give yourself a sense of direction that your mind can focus on.
At James Hopkins Coaching, we believe that this target is essential to achieve anything in life.
Setting a goal also allows you to measure your progress.
Without a measurement how do you know if you’re any closer to what you aim to achieve?
Start with small goals that are easily achievable.
Go to the gym for 10 minutes.
During the session, you can count how many minutes you have been there, providing you with a measurable target to work towards.
If you’ve worked hard for 5 minutes, you have 5 more minutes left to go. This is a simple yet easy way to prove to yourself that progress is being made.
Many of our students at James Hopkins Coaching also use this as motivation to carry on.
For example, say you wanted to complete 30 gym sessions in 40 days.
If you’re on day 22 and you want to give up, look back on all you have already achieved.
When you begin looking back on everything you have already achieved, you will then feel more motivated to continue and reach your end goal.
Throughout this process, setting a goal will help you avoid procrastination.
Individuals often come to the James Hopkins Coaching team with problems regarding procrastination.
It continuously impacts their day to day schedule, leaving them behind on deadlines and other important matters.
If you have an end goal to work towards, you’re significantly less likely to focus on other matters.
Instead, you will be focused entirely on what you want to achieve.
Begin setting small goals in your life and work towards them. Before you know it, they will begin to have a real impact on how you live your life.