Why is goal setting important?
Goal setting underpins any work that seeks to make something happen. Some of my clients come to me frustrated that the things they want in their life are not happening, despite what they believe are their best efforts. When we take a closer look one (or more) of the following is usually the case:
- they haven’t defined what they want in any detail. The statement “I want to feel better” isn’t really a goal, more a statement of intention which will need a number of goals to realise
- a mismatch between what they want and the goal they are pursuing. For example, the intention to ‘build a thriving business’ is incompatible with ‘have more holidays’. Whilst these are not mutually exclusive, a reality check will show that building a thriving business will take a lot of time, energy and resources. At the outset it is likely this will be incompatible with taking more holidays!
- there are clearly defined goals, but no action is taking place. Procrastination is ruling the roost!
- Setting huge goals. This usually involves setting goals which would take years to accomplish. You need to eat the elephant one bite at a time!
- no goals at all! You’d be surprised at how often my clients come to me saying “I don’t know what I want really, I just want to be happy.” Again happiness is a great intention, but what does it really mean in your life? What would make you happy?
The old cliche goes “If you don’t plan, you are planning to fail.” How do you know you’ve got where you’re going if you don’t know how to measure it?
Keep on keeping on
It’s very human to start well, full of enthusiam and good intentions, only to run out of steam or have your good intentions hijacked by life. Whilst things are always going to get in the way, it is important to not lose motivation and to keep going as best you can. I work with clients to keep them on track even when it looks like things are falling apart!
Nothing suceeds like success
Getting into the habit of setting goals and achieving them, is one of the most motivating things you can do for youself. It doesn’t matter how small you start, even accomplishing the smallest thing that you set yourself enables you to build trust with yourself.
It also builds trust with others around you who will see you as someone who gets things done. It’s amazing what a difference it makes when those around you relate to you as someone who knows what you want and goes out to get it. It’s an indefinable thing but it really works!
I work with clients to set realistic and measurable goals that really will contribute to what you want in your life. Setting the right goals at the right level means that you won’t become disheartened or let things fall by the wayside.
Goals can cover literally anything you want – from relationships, to work projects, to health and wellbeing.