I am a firm believer in the importance of setting goals. Some people believe that creating personal goals is boring and stifling, but I find it to be a liberating experience:
- Goals provide a sense of accomplishment. It is truly satisfying to cross a goal — no matter how small — off a written list! At the end of the week, month, or year, you can see just how far you’ve come.
- Goals give you purpose. Have you asked yourself, “What should I be doing right now?” or “Is there something more important or more urgent that I should be doing right now?” Know that what you’re doing is exactly what you truly need or to be doing at that moment.
- Goals reduce your stress. Write down your goals — and the dates by which you want to accomplish them — and you don’t have to worry about keeping it all straight in your head . . . or missing something.
- Shared goals bring people together. Setting goals with your spouse, your kids, and your peers unites you in a common purpose and establishes you as teammates working together.