Last week, due to several requests, I wrote a post about basic goal setting. Thank you for all your very positive comments about it. However, I know many creative people don’t set goals or don’t like setting goals. So, although I said I wasn’t going to do this sort of post, I thought I’d just add a wee one with five reasons goal setting can help us.
- Ever had all day to do something, but phaffed around not doing it until the last minute. When we don’t tell our brains exactly want they want to do, they find it harder to sit down and get on with something. Setting ourselves a start time/date can work wonders to beat procrastination.
- By breaking our goals down into smaller steps, the tasks we lack the confidence to do feel less intimidating and we’re more likely to do them. In doing so, we not only achieve our goals, but become more confident.
- In the same vein, some tasks just feel too big for us ever to accomplish. Breaking big projects down into manageable steps can make them feel far more achievable.
- If we set a goal then keep avoiding it this can be a good way to recognise we don’t really want to achieve it or have confidence issues relating to it.
- Goals setting can help us spot problems and pitfalls before we hit them, so that we can take action to avoid them or so they don’t occur in the first place.
Whilst I believe goal setting can be incredibly useful and important to our achievements, I also believe there are times when it’s better not to set goals. So to keep the balance, I’ll be posting about that next week. Meantime I’d love to know if you’re a devoted goal setter, a goal setting dabbler or someone who resolutely doesn’t set goals. And if you resolutely don’t set goals, why not?