Goals Give Life to Our Dreams
- January 2, 2018
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
If anyone asks you why goals are such a big deal, here’s a great answer: Goals give life to our dreams. Simple, right? Yet setting goals and accomplishing them can be difficult for some people. That’s why it’s a good idea to begin the ‘goal-setting’ habit early in life. After all, goals are what catapult us forward, urging us on to that first step of realizing our heart’s desire.
Students who learn the value of setting goals tend to be higher achievers. They have gained the insight that goal-setting provides and enjoy the experience and reward of attaining what they set out to achieve.
Following are some valuable thoughts about goals and why they are important.
Goals Steady Your Aim
Without goals, there is nothing for which to aim. Even if you have all the talent and potential possible, it won’t amount to much without focus on an end result. If you have a direction and a sense of what you want most, your mind can focus on a target, not just hitting or missing on a passing fancy or whim.
Goals are a Way to Measure Your Progress
Setting realistic goals that can be measured by comparing your progress, day to day week to week helps you to set a benchmark. For instance, if you are writing an essay, your goal may be to finish it within a given timeframe. Setting your goal to first research your topic, write an outline, complete a certain number of pages each day, then complete it by a given date, helps you stay on track by measuring your progress.
Goals Help You Avoid Distraction
You set up certain mental boundaries when you set goals. There is a starting point and an end point, so distractions seem less important than staying focused toward the goal. It happens automatically and rather subtly.
Goals Keep You from Procrastinating
When you set a goal for yourself, you are holding yourself accountable to reach it. It’s very different from doing something impromptu and unplanned. Shorter-term goals are better at first, as they are easier to accomplish. You are less likely to put off a short-term goal because it is achievable. It’s there, you do it and you feel good about yourself and what you have accomplished. Then on to the next goal.
Goals Motivate You
Most things in life that inspire and motivate us to accomplish something are really goals. A goal is like a foundation for what you are journeying toward.
Achieving one goal motivates us to achieve the next goal. Priorities change and new ones are added, others drop off, and so the process of goals and goal-setting continues, nudging onward.