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Why Set Goals?

Because it's nearly impossible to hit a target if you don't know what it is.

Since a picture is worth a 1000 words:

Why Set Goals

Focusing on what you want is one of the most important things you can do, and setting goals obviously gets you clear on what it is you want.

The Wikipedia page on goal setting offers that goals improve performance in three ways:

  1. Goals narrow attention and direct efforts to goal-relevant activities

  2. Goals can lead to more effort...one may work more intensely than one would otherwise in order to reach the goal

  3. Goals influence persistence....One becomes more prone to work through setbacks or to work harder if pursuing a goal.

If that's not enough, an often quoted study by Damon Burton showed that with goal setting, you can:

  • Achieve more
  • Improve performance
  • Increase your motivation to achieve
  • Increase your pride and satisfaction in your performance
  • Improve your self-confidence

So in summary, Why Set Goals?

Goals keep you focused on what you want, help you achieve more, narrow your attention, lead to more effort, and can lead to improved pride and self confidence.

Convinced? Great....

Now that we know why to set goals, let's focus on how to set goals.

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