Every successful person we know sets goals. But what's the secret behind of the power of goal setting they know but you don't know? This article reveals the 4 benefits that you may not have ever imagined.
Have you ever heard of any successful people, super achievers or elite performers who don't set goals at all?
Honestly I have not.
Goal setting is an important aspect in both your professional and personal lives. Without having goals to strive for, we won't be able to measure our success or achievements. We won't be able to spot our weaknesses and improve ourselves. We won't be able to target our strengths and fully unleash our potential.
While setting goals is crucial to getting what you want in life, what other amazing benefits do this simple act bring you that make all the successful people love?
#1 Control and Certainty
By regularly setting goals and achieving them you are taking control of your life.
This is an empowering mindset, attitude and behavior to have because you are acknowledging that life doesn't 'just happen to you'. There is a lot that is within your control when it comes to creating the ideal life you want and working towards the direction that's right for you.
#2 Optimism and Positivity
Apart from being certain about the future you're heading, setting goals and taking action to achieve them will influence you to have a more positive and optimistic outlook.
This vibe of positivity will help you build stronger mental resilience, which is essential to help you keep going when things become tough or when you got hit by challenges.
Instead of feeling down, depressed or defeated by the hardships, your resilience, optimism and mental toughness will ensure that you see the temporary setback as it is and pick yourself up using your personal power to find a creative way to overcome it.
Through goal setting you will have created a long-term plan for your life. In your mind, you've created a vision of what you want and worked out a way to get there.
This sense of purpose gives you a feeling of hope that you can achieve what you want. These are all positive emotions which have powerful effects on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Stress levels will be reduced, as will the likelihood of depression emerging. While you are working towards achieving your goals, you will increase your levels of focus and your ability to use it at will to help you get the results you want.
#4 Getting Into Flow State
The regular setting of meaningful goals ensures that you maximize opportunities to utilize the power of flow.
This miraculous flow state occurs when:
- you have a meaningful goal;
- position yourself away from external distractions;
- have all the necessary resources at hand;
- have matched the task to your abilities so that it contains enough challenge to keep you motivated and engaged but not too little so that you become bored; and
- immerse yourself in the task completely.
Getting into the flow state not only helps you achieve goals, but it also drastically elevates your productivity, relieves stress and increases happiness. The benefits of the flow state have been recorded by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the Hungarian positive psychologist who wrote the famous book <Flow: The Psychology of Happiness>.
By having goals, you are increasing your chances of success. You are also taking positive steps to creating the life or business that you want.
While it seems to take a lot of effort setting goals at the beginning, the benefits you experience will far outweigh any time spent creating, monitoring and meeting them. If you desire to become a more productive, optimistic and proactive, then you should definitely follow what other successful people do - setting goals.
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