If you don’t set your own goals, other people will set them for you.
When you have no clear idea of where you want to get to, it’s too easy for others to make decisions for you. Don’t let other people hijack your life and direct it according to their preconceptions.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know you’ve arrived? How will you know where to focus your time, efforts and resources?
With only finite amounts of time, energy, money and so on, it would be a shame to waste any of it. If you’ve chosen the right goals and planned carefully how to reach them, there’s far less risk of going down blind alleys or covering old ground again.
And, if you keep your eye constantly fixed on the end point, how can you be sure you don’t miss important moments en route?
There’s got to be pleasure in the journey – after all we’re talking about your life here and, if everything on the way to your goal is just a hard and joyless slog, it’ll be a miracle if you make it.
There have to be shorter-term goals to mark your progress and to give you the opportunity to reward yourself as you achieve them.
By the way, don’t forget the other people in your life. How will your goals affect them? What are the benefits for them? How many of your goals can you share?
Tip: Sadly, we ourselves are often the easiest people to cheat on so, if it’s only your goal, don’t keep it to yourself. Find someone you trust to be supportive, tell them what you’re aiming for and ask them to check how you’re getting on every so often.