What are your goals and dreams? What do you aspire to or hope for? Goals help turn these “wishes” into reality. You can have what you desire with some planning and that is what goal setting is all about. Goal setting gives you the necessary confidence you need to know that you can have anything in life that you want.

What is a goal?
It’s a dream with a deadline.

Why should you set goals?

1. Goals give you direction; they give you a road map. You can’t arrive at a specific destination if you don’t know where you are going. When you know where you are going you will stop driving around in circles and head straight for your destination.

2. Goals create enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes from within and when you have a goal, you have a purpose. Every day when you awaken you are excited to get up because you know where you are going and you are getting closer to reaching your dreams!

3. Goals make you happy. Your mind is alive because it has something encouraging to focus on. Goals help eliminate negative thoughts and discontentment.

4. Goals help you overcome obstacles. Obstacles are what you see when you take your sites off your goals, so if you don’t have goals, you’re forced to focus on obstacles.

5. Goals give you discipline. Goals make you mind yourself. Instead of just going through your everyday actions, now you will be asking yourself “Is this action taking me closer to or farther away from my goals?”

6. Goals give you confidence. When you have clearly defined and written goals, you move toward those goals with unshakeable confidence. You don’t let anything get in your way.

If goals are such a great thing then why don’t more people set them? The only reasons that seem reasonable are that people don’t know how and/or they just don’t understand the importance of setting goals.

How do you set goals?

You write them down using these key factors:

1. Your goals must be written in a present, positive state as if you have already achieved your goal.

2. Your goal must be measurable, attainable and tangible.

3. You must have a deadline, a timeframe, in place for when you will reach that goal.

4. You must list the obstacles and the solutions to overcome the obstacles you may encounter.

5. You must reward yourself when you reach predetermined milestones or when you reach your goal.

It is imperative that your goals incorporate these factors in order to be effective.

Be sure you set goals in every area of your life. A balanced life is a good life. The areas in which to set goals for are:

1. Physical and health
2. Financial
3. Family and relationship
4. Spiritual
5. Educational and mental

Get serious about doing something for yourself. Writing down your goals and having a purpose to achieve your goals will benefit not only you, but your family and others around you.

Statistics show that having a mentor or a coach will greatly increase your chance for success, so when you are serious about goal achievement, find a program or a mentor to guide you.

Author's Bio: 

Shanna Beaman is happily married and a mother of two who has a balanced life between work and family. She strongly believes in setting goals and in following dreams. She has encouraged others to follow their dreams by motivating and inspiring them. She is the creator of the Goals Mentor program and her passion is to see others succeed.