Is it important to set goals? Is it a smart thing to do? Well these questions are a matter of opinion, but I would say that setting goals is a very smart thing to do, and very important too.
If you don’t have goals, you might end up just wandering aimlessly. With goals you have a constant reminder of where to focus so that you can achieve your goals.
Many people make a mistake, though, when it comes to goals. They set their goals way too high.
For example, if you set the following goal, what are you going to do to achieve it?
I want to be a millionaire.
Is that a realistic goal? Not really. I mean, I am not saying that it can’t be achieved. In fact, it is not hard to achieve at all these days. Truth is in this age, a million dollars is not a huge amount of money. But, if you do want to become a millionaire, you need to set some smaller goals first, because you cannot become a millionaire overnight, or even by the end of the year. At least most of us cannot. Instead you need to start out making more money than you are now. You need to earn enough money that you can start setting some money aside. Maybe you will invest that money, either in something like a stock, or perhaps use that nest egg to start your own business. Starting from such an investment will allow your money to keep growing. Once you achieve that goal of earning extra money, it’s time to move on to another small goal that will propel you on the way toward your ultimate goal of becoming a millionaire.
What are the problems with setting such a lofty goal from the beginning? Well, I can think of at least a couple of problems with that:
- Setting a huge goal may become a burden. It may discourage you since you cannot meet your goal in a short time frame.
- You may set such a large goal and not be able to figure out how to do it. If you set smaller goals you can more easily get it done and work your way toward your larger objective.
- Because achieving your large goal may take so long, you may lose focus and eventually just consider it impossible.
One way you might work is to figure out what you ultimate goal is, and then set smaller goals that would be like steps toward your big goal. Setting a goal that will not be completed, though, for 10 years or even 5 years is somewhat unrealistic, though, because you will lose interest and abandon the goal before you reach it.
Goal setting is a good thing. It’s a smart thing to do. Just remember to also be smart about the way you approach goal setting.