Deepen your understanding of the Importance of Goal Setting

-   James Stevenson, Accredited Wellbeing Coach and Positive Psychologist -

Coming to an kind of personal inner realisation of somethings importance can be hugely beneficial... can create huge power!

The importance of goal setting, I believe, is huge. I hope as you read, you feel a fresh sense of the significance of continually setting your own goals in life. 

Making a strong decision  that you'll achieve something important to you, and choosing when you'll do it, then coming up with a load of ways to get there... this is a really important life-skill to get good at... 

It can improve your health, maximise your learning, and fuel your personal development: many of the ingredients for a fulfilled life. It's a skill that when used consistently over time can support achievement in all areas of life.  

C.S.Lewis quote about dreaming a new dreamWhat fantastic dream will we dream today?

The non-goal-setter

In order to shed further light on the importance of goal setting lets look at the opposite which can often seem attractive as it's seen as low pressure, less constricted and controlled.

Let's imagine I didn't set goals for a while. I just take each day as it comes. In terms of my direction for the year.

Daisaku Ikeda quote about never-ending challengeNo matter how painful or difficult, a day is ours for the taking

I have some vague ideas. I think I should be healthier, and try to find a girlfriend. I guess I should try and find a better job.

This is all fine really. The majority of people live this way and often quite happily. Plodding along the same way year after year. The thing that is missing however is drive, challenge. 

Without a sense of powerful drive and exciting new challenge it is impossible to fulfil our potential.

Without taking our dreams seriously they remain as just that, vague dreams that always remain out of our reach.

So where do you think this non-goal-setter guy is going? Think he's going to find him dream job? Think he's going to become healthier than he has ever been? Maybe he will.

But the chances of this are low. It's more likely although knowing where he wants to go very little will change. I can say this because I've seen it so many times. Without a concrete determination being made, real change rarely happens. 

If however goals are set then the key missing ingredient will be created. Motivation to actually do it. This is why it's so important to set your own personal targets.

Which self are you operating with?

Daisaku Ikeda quote about the strong selfBoth surely exist. Which side dominates? Life can be so painful. How can we allow the strong side to dominate?

I have both "goal-setting challenging James" and "the other James" in me. Both exist in me as potentials.

One is a function of my weaker self, and the other my stronger self. I think that each person has a weaker and a stronger self and can operate as one and the other many times in the course of a single day. 

Don't get me wrong. People can be successful without goal setting. Some people are born into good circumstances. They are born surrounded by influence. They are born into money.

Perhaps, without any special efforts they can have all their desires realised at the click of a finger. But there is no fulfilment in this. How much did they really grow? Would they ever truly understand the struggles of everyday people and be able to empathise?  

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James Stevenson is the owner of and a qualified and accredited wellbeing and philosophy coach.

He works with clients in an patient, understanding and creative way to help them apply great philosophical ideas and psychological scientific findings so they can flourish in a way that leads to them also contributing to a better world.

The development of a strong sense of mattering and agency, alongside deep understanding of inner and outer obstacles give clients a powerful coaching experience. More about James here

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