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What Is the Importance of Goal Setting?

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When you live your life blindly, you lack visual understanding. So, if you cannot recognize where you're going, do not complain when others perceive you the same way. If you cannot articulate what you want for yourself, much less other people, you will end up with nothing. When you have clearly defined goals, you have a recipe to reach your destination. Goals are important because they provide a sense of connection between you and what you want to accomplish. Goals embody your passion, direction and the expectations you have for yourself. In addition, goals allow you to visually see the purpose behind all of the hard work, discipline, and, at times, frustration.

Significance

You need goals to become a better person, a better student, a better business etc. However, to accomplish the goal, you have to first be able to conceive it. You will not be able to give birth to any idea, if you do not first conceive it in your mind. After you have a clear picture, you need to ensure you understand how you will complete the goal, and then you can create the plan. (See Resources).

Types

It is great to be ambitious when you are creating goals for your life; however, be sure that your goals are attainable. You will never be able to reach your purpose if you set yourself up for failure. However, if you keep a little reality on top of your optimism, you also will keep your goals within your reach.

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Effects

Once you have set your goals, ensure that the accomplishment has some sort of emotional influence over you. The reason being, if reaching your goals takes hard work, you need the outcome to be attractive. For instance: owning your home, going into business for yourself or something as simple as getting out of credit card debt. The end needs to be worth the blood, sweat and tears.

Function

Setting goals for your business is important. In business, goals are often referred to as objectives, but both terms mean the same thing and require the same effort. In business, not only do you need to see the vision for your company, but your team needs a clear perception. You cannot expect for your employees to give an undivided 100 percent to the work if they do not know what they are striving to accomplish. Your employees will find it hard to make sense of the madness without knowing the method, so be sure your team knows where your company is headed before they figure it out on their own. (See References)

Warning

You can allow yourself to be your greatest asset or your worst liability; the choice is yours. Without a goal, the only thing you should expect is to be less motivated, less productive and less than your true self, but a goal will set your life in motion. (See Resources)

About the Author

LaShon Fryer began freelance writing in 2006 while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Temple University. Her articles have been published on the Web sites: Spend On Life, Powerful Voices for Kids and The Media Education Lab. Currently, Fryer is pursuing her Masters Degree in Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media at her Alma Mater.

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