Dec 17, 2011 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

With the New Year rapidly approaching, most of us will take some time to reflect on the changes we want to make, and resolve to follow through on those changes. I believe setting goals for the coming year is always a good thing. We all have hopes for a better and happier future and should take the time to see what needs to be done to achieve this.

Goals can help you visualize what you want to accomplish, as well as carry them out. They can also force you to set priorities, which will, in turn, help limit those things that are distracting you, as well as define real life actions and separate them from wishful thinking.

Some people, however, will offer excuses for not setting goals; they might feel threatened by change and resist goal setting because it may be uncomfortable to try something new and different. Many don’t set goals because they are afraid they will be criticized for not reaching them.

These people usually have a passive approach towards life; just meandering, on a day-to-day basis. Years will pass, yet their lives will not alter.

The other evening, Darren Hardy said something very interesting relating to goals. He referred to it as his “Three Step Plan.” He suggest that everyone pick their top three goals, choose the behavior which will help achieve them, and finally, track yourself on your behavior.

I was really impressed with this simple equation to achieve what we want in this life: Set goals, do what is necessary to reach them, and, most importantly, follow up to make sure you are doing what needs to be done to attain your objectives.

This will also enable you to be aware of your weaknesses so you can begin to improve on them, building them into strengths. They can guide you when making important decisions and help improve your self-image, as well as motivate you to succeed.

If you don’t set goals in life, you might spend your life running around and not achieving anything for yourself. You might be doing a lot, but they aren’t what you want to be doing. You seem to be busy fulfilling everyone else’s goals.

How can you manifest what you want if you don’t set concrete goals? If your goals are not clearly spelled out, how can you hope to achieve your dreams and visions?

Setting goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It will crystallize and articulate the desire floating in your mind and will ensure that you are channeling your time, your energy and your efforts into what really matters. Setting goals will help ensure you get the best out of life.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Les Brown