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The Importance of Goal Setting

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We are still in shock that it’s already 2015, what happened to 2014? As we all tie up the last strings from 2014 and completely commit ourselves to this new year, it’s a good time to sit down and look at the year past. And to keep at those goals we set on January 1st.

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New Year’s resolutions are always good hearted but in all honesty how many of us really stick to them? Because the real problem with New Year’s resolutions is not that they are unfeasible, I don’t feel that “I will exercise more regularly.” , “I will eat more veggies.” or “I will be more open.” are terribly unreasonable goals.

The real issue is the lack of specific. What is “exercise”? Walking to the fridge and back? And what are you going to be more open to? It gives you far too much room to pardon yourself and not check off those goals. And then write them off as a failure half way through the year.

When I was in my early 20’s I never really believed in setting goals because life was good and I just let it all happen. But it didn’t last as I started to feel that my life was out of control. It is something that is hard to describe, I started to feel dissatisfied with my life. I guess that it’s because I started to realize that I wasn’t clear where my future lay or where I was headed.

I feel that this was partly due to not setting goals. I would say that I would go to the gym 4 times a week and never go. Aim to drink less and finish a bottle of wine a week later. I thought that if I didn’t set goals I wouldn’t set up myself for failure.

Now that I am older and wiser, I know that even the smallest goals in 5 different areas will be more than helpful to getting you to where you want to be and improve not only your life but also the lives of those around you.

These areas are:

1. Family

The question to ask here is, how can I be there more for my family not just with time or money but emotionally as well.
More and more people are working longer hours just to survive and it’s hard to not get so caught up in the rat race that we forget about those who are most important to us? Find a method and write it out in as much detail as you can and stick to it!

2. Career

Sometimes we can put this at the bottom of the list because we don’t place enough value on our career because we think we won’t succeed. Once you believe a truth like that it will become reality. Everyone can succeed if they work hard and smart. Ask yourself, what can I do every day that will move me closer to my idea career. Think big, don’t limit yourself with low standards! Hard work will anywhere, but this is a double edged sword and you should also know when to not take on too much, or when to take a breather. Knowing your limits is the best goal out there.

3. Finances.

When it comes to my finances I am a serial avoider and I know that this is wrong. Having your finances in order will keep so much worry out of your head. The questions to ask here in order to create a goal and identify what you really want is, Do you want to save money, or save up for something special? Do you want to save more or earn more? Or do you want to pay off your debts? Write down the plan and work every day to get to that goal. Financial goals won’t happen overnight.

4. Physical

Yes here is comes, the work out every day goal. This one is pretty obvious with the benefits of having a healthy body. Everyone has their own way of exercising the hard part is to find one that will inspire you to continue. Start small and slowly build onto it, even if it’s a 10min walk every night.

5. Intellectual

This one’s a no brainer…. Challenge your mind by reading. And I don’t mean buzzfeed or People articles. Reading is an important exercise that will improve your focus not to mention a great way to learn. One of my goals every year is to read more books and learn something new. It could be as simple as reading a few pages of a national geographic or even as far as learning a new language.

Setting small goals in each of these areas will give you a good all round way to improve your life and get one step closer to the life you have always wanted.

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