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The Importance and Benefits of Setting Goals

by Scot Chadwick

The importance of setting goals is obvious: You cannot find success unless you define it first. That’s why anyone can enjoy the benefits of setting a goal and pursuing it—whether you’re a student, employee, business manager, or stay-at-home parent.

The Importance of Defining Your Goal

Goal-setting can play an important role in your life. It gives you the opportunity to assess your life and define the direction in which you want to go. You can then focus your resources on attaining that goal. You become inspired to press forward in good times and bad times and realize happiness in the destination as well as the journey.

Consider the following benefits of goal-setting and see how this would look in your life.

5 Benefits of Setting Goals

1. Assessment

Setting goals allows you to evaluate your life. You can take stock of where you are now and measure that against where you want to be in the future. What do you find fulfilling in your life now? What frustrations and disappointments are you dealing with? Discerning what is important to you helps you define what you can do to improve yourself and your situation.

Take stock of where you are now and measure that against where you want to be in the future.

Assessing your current life also helps you to become aware of how your strengths and weaknesses can better serve you. You can identify any obstacles to your progress and begin a plan to overcome them. Take time to analyze your present life so you can be in a better position to succeed in the days to come.

2. Direction

Clarifying your goals enables you to set a direction for your future. You have a target to aim at and a destination to move towards. Instead of meandering through life you can avoid mediocrity and make real progress toward what is important to you.

Once you know where you are going, it is easier to start. Clearly defined goals—including the specific end result you desire and the reasons why you want it—give you a purpose for living each day. A goal leads you to consider what you must be, do, or have to get what you want. What is essential to your happiness and significance? Identify this and deliberately pursue it.

3. Focus

When you set your priorities, you can focus your attention on the things that align with your goal. You can make decisions more easily by considering how this activity will or will not bring you closer to your goal. What are you willing to let go of so you can concentrate on moving toward your objective? Invest your resources like time, money, and labor in the things you really want.

Strong goals give you a sense of urgency and let you simplify your life.

Strong goals give you a sense of urgency and let you simplify your life. Establish boundaries to protect your time and organize your life around what you earnestly desire. You cannot do everything, but you must do something. Recognize what to do and what not to do by planning your action steps to accomplish your goal.

4. Inspiration

A stated goal fills you with excitement and the anticipation of fulfilling your desire. Because you cultivate what interests you, you can overcome procrastination and persevere through difficulties. Your consistent progress toward your goal builds momentum and fuels your motivation.

Lasting success comes as you build systems of behavior that shape your days and carry you forward. By committing to daily progress you willingly undertake tasks and opportunities that advance you. You are also able to enlist trusted partners to verify and support your successes and setbacks. Your hope of future success moves you to take action today.

5. Happiness

Be thankful for the past, hopeful for the future, and engaged in the present.

When you set and achieve your goals, you increase your happiness and satisfaction in life. The Bible says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). You have pushed forward, stretching and challenging yourself to improve. In the place of stress, anxiety, and depression you have found peace and confidence knowing that you have done your best. Now you have reason to celebrate!

Even during the journey toward success, you can find enjoyment. You can learn as you go and see how your daily actions advance you toward your target. When you measure your progress you can see how you have grown, how far you have come, and what is left to do. Be thankful for the past, hopeful for the future, and engaged in the present.


Prove that you are serious about advancing your life by setting goals. The benefits of goal-setting can be yours when you take the initiative to improve your life in meaningful ways. A successful life does not just happen. Commit to working toward intentional goals and aspire to change your life for the better.

Originally published on July 1, 2019

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