2023 Goal Setting Series
As we start 2023, it’s common to hear people discussing their New Year’s resolution around the watercooler. I’ve always wondered why our society adopted this tradition, so I did a little research. According to History.com, setting resolutions at the onset of the New Year has been a common practice for over 4,000 years and can be traced to ancient Babylon and Rome.
In these ancient civilizations, the people commonly made promises to the gods or kings that they worshipped, making vows and sacrifices to gain their favor. It wasn’t until early Christianity, that people started to reflect on their past year and make promises to improve in the coming 12 months. At this time, the resolutions shifted from promises to the gods, to promises for self-improvement.
Improving oneself is one of life’s greatest lessons, challenges, and blessings all rolled into one. We won’t grow or develop if we don’t strive to improve ourselves, our situations, and our overall well-being. That’s why it’s crucial that we are always setting goals for ourselves, no matter if the calendar says January 1st or June 5th. The following are seven excellent reasons why it’s important to set goals for yourself anytime of the year.
1) To give direction to life
While it can be fun to live without direction in the short-term, in the long-term human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life.
2) To make sure we are the one choosing the direction of our life -- not others, not fate, not the media, etc. It is often easy to let others set our direction for us. We take a job because family or friends point us in that direction and then we conform to the rules of our bosses or employers. We move in other directions because popular culture or the media tells us to do so. The simple truth is that if we do not set our own goals then we will find it too easy to follow a path set by others. This can lead to stress and unhappiness. We have a greater chance of happiness and fulfillment following our own path and pursuing our own goals.
3) To motivate
While goals certainly give our lives direction, they also provide the motivation to get us through difficult times and choices. Perhaps going to college at night while working full-time may be stressful and difficult in the short-term, but in the long run being able to pursue the professional goals we desire will make it worthwhile.
4) To make sure we get what we want from life
Goals also serve as the destination for what we really want out of life. For some people, goals are measured in money or material goods, while for others, goals are measured in time or freedom. If we do not have goals outlined that suit our unique perspective on life, it is easy to become sidetracked by life and others.
5) To save time
Goals can also help save time. When your "To Do" list becomes too long and your calendar too full, then you can simply compare your goals to the list. What items help you achieve your goal? What items are necessary to your goal? Scratch off the rest as unimportant.
6) To reduce stress
Just as goals save time, they also reduce stress because using your goals to focus your life and choices makes it easier to make those choices. Should you take that new position at work? How does it match your goals?
7) To give a sense of accomplishment
Finally, goals give you a measurable sense of accomplishment. Every goal you achieve, in fact, every step you make toward that goal, can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep going. Each success powers you toward the next level of success.
Now, go out and set your goals!
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In Total Healing's 5 Session 1:1 Coaching Bundle, Goals & Accountability, you'll gain tools to help you identify and set instrumental and meaningful goals that move you toward living your purpose. You'll also come away with a structured plan to complete your goals. In addition, you'll gain tips to stay motivated and stay on track.
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