Goal setting is the key element to success for professionals in every industry. The act of setting goals has an undeniable power that propels you forward in your vision for your life, or in this case your brand. In regard to its importance in gaining success, setting goals has been compared to breathing, but what makes it so elemental? Below I give you five reasons goal setting is essential to success in life and in building your brand.
- Goals enhance your focus
Goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable timeframes in which to accomplish it. Without clear and defined goals, all your actions are unprioritized and unfocused, and your energies are depleted on tasks that mean little to your end game. Setting goals will help you shuffle through the clutter and identify the tasks that will yield the results you desire.
- Goals help track your progress
Think of goals like stepping stones, each one helping you progress to your desired destination. At any point on the journey, you are able to glance back from your current position, observing how far you have come, how in the midst of a coursing river (life) you were able to reach the stone you’re on. Goal setting creates an outline that you can use to measure your progress. The more specific the goal, the better you can gauge the actions you take. Tracking your progress will not only motivate you as you check goals off your list, it will also hold you accountable.
- Goals help fight procrastination
Having goals, especially written ones, are a constant reminder to yourself that you are in control. So when the desire arises to neglect a progressive action, you have no choice but to accept responsibility for it. Being stripped of excuses puts the pressure on you to achieve what you set out to do; after all, you set the goal for yourself, so that meant somewhere inside you felt like you could accomplish it.
- Goals provide motivation
When you set a goal for yourself, you are backing that goal with your belief and your desire. The power of those two things, belief and desire, has caused empires to fall. If you can harness the power of those two motivators, you can use them as fuel to propel you and your brand to the place you desire to be.
- Setting goals leads to success
Goals act as an outline of your desires for yourself and your brand. Having a precise idea of your goals will allow you to lay out the steps necessary to achieve what you have set out to do. Every goal accomplished is a step toward your destination, and with every step, you gain more momentum and energy, accelerating you to the next one. Goal setting is the starting phase on the road to success. Meticulous detail and careful thought should go into your goal setting process for optimum success. Setting goals puts you in control of where your brand goes. Backed by the power of belief and desire, you can use your outline to push you forward to your ultimate destination.