Now you may also – especially if you’re in comfortable cruise-control mode – wonder why goal setting really matters to you? The real question you should ask is not why should I set goals, but: “How can I live a life without regret?” Goal setting offers the opportunity to finish your life regret-free. Ask a friend who seems happy and content with their lives if they regret anything? This person will likely say no. You may also notice that this happy, contented person probably pursued their passions and dreams. They’ve accomplished everything they set out to do.
When you accomplish every goal you make, how can you possibly regret anything? It’s more than just teaching you the ability to set a goal; it’s teaching you how to live a full, happy life with no regrets. Because if we live passionately, fulfill our purposes, and succeed at what we set out to do, how can we have regrets? Regret, remorse or feelings of disappointment are sentiments for those people who didn’t even try or lived in fear of trying.
If you’re ready to live free of regret and achieve all of the goals you set out to do, then it’s time to figure out where you’re going next; how you’re going to get there; and what you’re going to do once you arrive. You’re no longer willing to stick to your current path out of habit, comfort or conformity. You feel committed to define, make one or more goals, and passionately and purposefully move toward these goals. Goals can be big, small or life changing, but each one should fulfill your purpose and light a passion and fire in you to live a completely amazing, fulfilled and exciting life. Not a life defined only by professional successes, but also one that is balanced and includes goals that keep you personally happy and on course too.
In working to develop your goal-setting plan, by writing your goals down is only the beginning of how to transform your life. The keys are to plan, act and achieve. It’s one thing to say you have a specific goal, but it’s quite another situation to actively, consistently pursue daily, weekly, monthly or yearly steps to help reach your goal. The smaller steps aimed toward the big picture are more important than the final goal. You will discover that goals are part of a fluid, ever-changing journey. Daily goals to reach the big goal may change, and these adjustments often impact what the final goal becomes. For example, maybe your intention is to prepare to train and participate in a triathlon. In doing the preparation, you finish the triathlon and succeed. While preparing for this race, you discover you’re so passionate about triathlons, you decide to become a trainer. Your goal goes from finishing a triathlon to opening a training business – and two goals seemingly merge together. The lesson is to be open to what will unfold as you move toward your goal.
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