Most people will tell you goal setting is a waste of time and you should just go with the flow.
In some cases, going with the flow is good. You don’t have to plan anything and take whatever comes your way. In so doing, you are not pressured with time, don’t have to be specific or care too much about what is attainable.
You practically don’t have to accomplish anything and life just goes on. If that’s you and things are working out fine, awesome. Do not change.
But if you are like some of us,then goal setting works and makes life easier.
You are able to decide on what should be top priority, how to start, where and when to start and know exactly when you have accomplished what you set out to do.
Setting a goal, not just any goal, but goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) will help you get where you need to be.
There are many reasons for setting goals. The most common being that you want to get somewhere and fast.
Before you start, be clear about where you want that journey to take you (Specific)
Make sure you can tell how far you’ve come and how much more you need to go (Measurable)
Your goal has to be something that you can get to, not something that is too much for you to reach (Attainable)
You will also need to look deep inside and outside to be sure that the goal you’re setting is realistic. Not a pie in the sky. You cannot expect to accomplish unrealistic goal, such that you know is not possible.
Setting a time to complete or reach your goal will give you a sense of urgency. This will help you get organised, gather resources and plan better. Having an open ended goal will mean there’s no urgency. When there’s no urgency there’s no desire to complete anything.
Finally, setting a SMART goal will work every time as long as you commit to it.