Why Do We Need To Set Goals?


Every­one has some­place they’d like to be in life, but many seem to be lost with no idea how to get there. So many times, they lack goals to help direct them to the things they want the most. Hav­ing goals lays a roadmap out before you, and you can more eas­ily see which steps to take to reach what you want. A few other rea­sons to set goals in life are these:

  • Goals help you sort out what’s really impor­tant. Set­ting goals forces you to seri­ously con­sider what you really want and what you can do with­out. It enables you to envi­sion your future and then make pos­i­tive steps toward real­iz­ing that vision.
  • Goals teach you to make good deci­sions. Every time a choice is placed before you, you have to decide whether an action will get you closer to your goal or not. You must decide whether tak­ing an action is worth the risk or not accom­plish­ing your goal. Through this process, you learn to make tough calls and think critically.
  • Goals teach you to fin­ish tasks effi­ciently and in a timely man­ner. You learn to take the req­ui­site action and to stick to a plan. This also helps you to learn to not waste time and effort on unim­por­tant endeavors.
  • Goals build your con­fi­dence and self-reliance. As you pass com­plete each task that leads to your goal, you nur­ture your belief that you can accom­plish tasks and get where you want to go. This will spill out into every­thing you do in life. And as your con­fi­dence expands, so will your abil­ity to rely on yourself.
  • Goals give your life pur­pose. If you wan­der through life pur­su­ing noth­ing, you may find you have no rea­son to live. If you have a goal to chase, you will feel as if life holds some kind of mean­ing and that you have a rea­son for being.