In the next few weeks, I’ll be covering goals: how to create them, why they’re important, and how they make us better individuals. Today, I want to provide an introduction to this massive topic.
Why are goals important?
Goals are desired results that we aim to achieve. Whether long or short, objectives help us determine where we should divert our energy and resources. Without purpose, it is natural to live an aimless and unfulfilled life.
Additionally, not all goals need deadlines, but deadlines can help us utilize our finite time better.
Lastly, through the creation of aims, we can better understand ourselves and what we value. For example, if someone’s goal for the day is to relax, then we can safely conclude that this person values comfort – at least for that day.
What will these series of blogs cover?
- How to determine and create life purposes as well as a legacy
- What it takes to set yearly, monthly, or weekly aims that guide daily actions while supporting life goals
- How to look at everyday activities to maximize time
- How to review your goals and overall success
- What’s involved in setting realistic and achievable aims that push you
- How willpower and emotional control play a significant role in your achievement rate
- Why you should avoid negative, toxic people and ideas when attempting to accomplish your purposes.
By creating, maintaining, and achieving one’s objectives, we can create the future that we want as well as the blueprint by which we can live our lives.
Lastly, I want to touch upon why we usually fail our goals and how a lack of willpower as well as weak emotional control will undermine our success.
A few quick words on goals
Goals have to be individual-focused and driven
Nothing will undermine your success more than setting aims that cannot be accomplished. As I’ve argued before, aspirations such as “solve world hunger” or “achieve world peace” are unobtainable and pointless because they rely primarily on the actions of others.
It’s always preferable to have aspirations that are driven by what we can do as individuals. A desire to earn more money is individual-driven. Whether we do more at our corporate job or open a side business, we are the primary actors in accomplishing this end.
All action should support our life purpose. However, some activities are more “practical” than others. Going to work may not feed directly into our overall vision for our lives, but the money we earn can be saved or invested in something that pushes us toward accomplishing our life’s purpose.
Personally, I understand that my day-to-day job is crucial, but I don’t let it dominate my life. I never do anything work-related outside of the office, and I spend my personal time being with my family, writing, and practicing how to draw.
I utilize the money I earn from work to buy materials and the comforts I need to pursue my life purposes.
Setting clear objectives is a crucial activity that gives us the blueprint for our lives. By understanding where we are going and why we want to go there, we can maximize our actions and fulfill our purpose.
Also, in an effort to write better content, I want to create more “series” that cover entire topics. Through better material, I hope to provide more information on how to become an individual.
- Do you set practical goals? Are you able to accomplish them? Why or why not?
- What is one thing, more than anything else, that you want to do? What’s stopping you from accomplishing this goal?
Please remember that it’s important to do the actionables. You’re not on this earth to simply read but to do. To become an individual, you must act more than you consume.
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