So you’ve decided to set yourself some goals and work towards making some positive changes in your life (on your terms, not your boss’s or your therapist’s!) As you start to make this practice a habit, I guarantee that some positive changes will start sneaking into your life. The interesting thing is though, that you might not even notice how things are improving, as is often the way with positive change, unless you know what to look out for.
So here are some of the fantastic benefits that can come from your new goal setting habit.
Creates a Better Worldview
When life has piled up around you and you feel as though you can’t get anywhere, it’s hard to have a positive outlook on things. Situations and responsibilities only really pile up when you’ve put some things off.
Anyone can tell you that life has sudden snags and issues that set you back quite a bit if you’re not careful, so it’s always better to go ahead and get started instead of putting it off for another day. As those issues deepen, it can make you feel like you’re out of control, or like you have no options.
That kind of thinking can manifest in a lot of negative ways, but it’s better to avoid that completely. Write down some of the smaller things as well, because each achievement should count.
As you cross each item off of the list, the weight of the world around you will begin to lessen, and life steadily becomes a world of satisfying conclusions instead of a jumbled mess of dates and times that you keep having to remember at the last minute. You can use whatever you like, your own bespoke goal setting system or a ready-made goal setting journal.
Helps Fight Stress
Life is so full of choices and decisions that need to be made that a lot of other extra noise can really make things difficult. Once you’ve decided to fully commit to setting and achieving goals, the clarity will help you to more clearly define what it is that you want. A lot of people make a serious habit out of writing their goals down so that they have to see and internalize their goals on a daily basis.
While that might seem like overkill to some people, it’s an important part of making sure that you don’t lose sight of the goals that you’ve set out to get. The fewer of these types of thoughts you have rattling around in your brain, the more brain power that you’ll have left to problem solve and continuously take note of your environment to ensure you are advancing toward your goal as you expected.
Helps End Procrastination
Have you ever had a habit of putting things off until the absolute last second? A lot of people who do this are very intelligent people, but they delay themselves for random reasons. Usually because of the drive to seek things they enjoy in the moment rather than to put the work behind them. When you’ve fixed your gaze on your goals, you’ll have an easier time getting things out of the way. You will be well acquainted with the fact that waiting can be devastating to deadlines and other time-sensitive details of life.
Less Time Wasted Means Quicker Results
Have you ever noticed how much time it takes when people aren’t sure what they’re doing? It’s because they’re unsure about what they should do, so they vacillate. When you have a clear goal that you’re preparing for, then you’re going to feel a lot more sure about what you’re doing. That means that instead of bouncing from one task to another and leaving things unfinished, you’ll have a clear plan of attack that will help you to get straight to your goal. There are some fantastic goal setting books out there if you want some more guidance with your mission.
This is another place where having a list really helps. You can identify major moves, and also include a short list of the things you need to do to achieve each goal. That way you’ll know when you have the time to fit those moves into your schedule.
Less procrastination and timewasting creates more time left over to do the things that you make you happy so that’s got to be a good thing, right?! You may even find you have an extra hour at the end of the day for a nice glass of wine and a chat with a friend. I know for me that would certainly make it all worthwhile. And as for less stress and a more positive world view, yes please! So now you know all the benefits, the next stage is to get cracking on those setting those goals…