“Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here” – Mark Twain
It’s a thing. Goal setting. It’s something the most successful among us made into a habit. We have all heard people talk about the importance of goal setting and it’s not going to be the last because we’re doing it again today. Cliché’s aside, understanding how crucial goal setting is for accomplishing great things in life, we believe, is not taught enough.
We set goals as part of our entrepreneurial life, but there are still many of us that don’t expand this habit into our personal lives. Which is a shame because if you want to achieve something of meaning in life, and that goes beyond the material things, then setting goals for your personal life and relationships should be equally, if not more important. At the Million Dollar Club we talk about goal setting on a daily basis. It’s part of our routine. We’d like to share with you how goal setting has helped us improve our lives.
Goal setting has helped us believe in ourselves.
The reason why setting goals is so good for your confidence is because it is part of the bigger dream you have for yourself. In order for your dreams to come to true, we know that you have to take action. But before you take action you set goals. These goals are intertwined with who we want to become and who we are becoming.
For every little goal we achieved there was a sense of progression and accomplishment. Setting goals for ourselves is a way to fuel our ambitions and strengthen your confidence. To work every day towards achieving our goals and seeing ourselves slowly making progress is what made us believe in ourselves and our dreams. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.
Goals are a great way to hold yourself accountable.
There is something very empowering about looking back on the goals you’ve set and seeing how far you’ve come and what you have achieved. It gives you more faith in your own ability to handle things. And actually achieve what you set out to accomplish. If you don’t write down goals and set up a timeline, how can you look back and re-evaluate your path if things don’t work out the way you expected them to happen?
Writing down a road map with concrete goals is a sure way to evaluate when looking back, and realizing that either you’ve achieved and done more than you thought you would, or that you’ve done it all and perhaps need to challenge yourself a bit more. You can’t lie to yourself with your goals set. It’s a very honest way of reflecting upon your actions and accomplishments and a great way to establish structure and a template for success.
Goals propel you forward.
A written goal is an external representation of your inner most dreams and desires. It’s a constant reminder of what it is that you’re striving for. Having a goal written down with a set date gives you something to plan and work for. And yes. We all have had those days where motivation starts to wane and we get complacent and lazy even, but having goals that are so clear that you can literally see them will help you focus and better connect with your desires.
Believing in your dreams and adding to it an emotional charge will give you the motivational energy you need to work through periods where you will most definitely need the push.
There is something very empowering about looking back on the goals you’ve set and seeing how far you’ve come, and what you have achieved. It gives you more faith in your own ability to handle things.
Goals give you direction.
If you know what you want and you make decisions based on those set goals your life’s path is paved for you in such a way that doubts and every day noise are more easily cast aside. You are more likely to go full steam ahead and quantum leap your results because with everything you do, the end goal comes nearer. Goals give you direction. When you’ve got clearly set and well-defined goals, the decisions are made practically without difficulty. You don’t need to expend any mental energy thinking about certain courses of action because they don’t fit your goals.
If your goal is to lose 6 pounds within 2 months and you’re out for a meal with friends and have to choose between a calorie rich pasta dish or the quinoa salad, then it’s pretty clear which option to go for.
Goals help us live life to the fullest.
If you want to get the most out of life you have to know what you want. This doesn’t mean that you have to plan out every little minute thing. As we at The Million Dollar Club say often, ‘It’s our job to design our life, The Universe will help us create it.’ What we mean is that we don’t possibly know how things will come about. That’s our Creator’s job. What we need to do is gear towards getting the most out of every moment. There are so many things that we want to do and experience and if we’d randomly go with whatever would come our way we’d be living according to other people’s calendars.
Let’s be honest here; we have a limited amount of time as mere mortals on this planet. Thus, wandering about hoping to find what you’re looking for, without deciding on a few important ‘landmarks’ on your life journey is simply going to delay the reception of consciously chosen happiness. We believe in leaving room for the unknown, but getting the most out of life also means working for what we want in the best way possible. However, without a clear sense of what you want to do and where you want to go, you’ll never be able to live life to the fullest.
Something to remember…
We want to leave you with some words of wisdom. Discussing road maps, your dreams, goals, and how to go about things and accomplish the tasks you set out to do in order to make those magnificent dreams come true is really one of the reasons why The Million Dollar Club is here. Take these lessons and apply them to your own life. Reach for the mountain top and chunk the big climb up into smaller walks. You’ll be so much happier and more driven to start working towards that next milestone on your way to greatness if you can see the next step.
Take small steps and eventually they will amount to reaching the top.
The MDC team