why setting goals is important, Why Setting Goals Is Important

Why Setting Goals Is Important

Who actually writes down goals? Well, the best answer is, successful people. Did you know that 96% of all the wealth created in the world is created by 1% of the population? These are the people that are extremely successful in building businesses and making money. By comparison, I recently heard that only 1% of people actually write down their goals. One could deduct that the 1% who are writing down their goals are also the 1% creating 96% of the wealth. For example, in my post last week on becoming an expert, I listed some habits of successful people. One of those habits is that successful people are goal-oriented. This is a great reason why setting goals is important. Taking this all in, I think it’s time we started writing some goals.

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What Are Goals

What are goals? Simply put, goals are just things that you want. Decide on some things that you want and write them down. Now you have some goals. For example, you might want more money, a bigger house, or fame. Maybe you want a better relationship or actually be in a relationship. Whatever you want, write it down.

They must have an end date. By setting an end date, you will stay on track to accomplish them. It helps you do a little bit every day to keep moving forward. You will also be able to track your progress towards reaching your goal. For example, by December 31, 2020, I have earned $1,500,000 profit in my businesses. I can now see how close or far I am to accomplishing it. This allows me to look at my plan and see if it’s working.

why setting goals is important, Why Setting Goals Is Important


One method of staying on track with your goals is called, “The Seinfeld Method.” In this method, you get a large yearly calendar and hang it on a prominent wall. Establish your goal and your plan. Every day that you do something in your plan and work toward your goal, put a big red “X” on that date. The purpose is to establish a chain and never break the chain.

Another method is to put two jars on your desk. One jar is filled with marbles, paperclips, etc., and the other is empty. Every time you do something towards accomplishing your goal, move the object to the empty jar. This is a great method for accomplishing them. For example, A lot of salespeople use this method when they have a goal of making X amount of sales calls a day.

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The Person You Become

What I like most about setting goals and working towards obtaining them, is what I become from the process. Who will you become by focusing on your goals? What kind of person would you be after working on your plan? Like me, you will change. By focusing on them you will begin to get a direction in your life. It will give you a purpose and you will find you are better because of it. This to me is the most important aspect of goal setting, what you become, and another reason why setting goals is important.

Have you written your goals down and carry them with you? Do you have them written on the bathroom mirror?  Have you figured out why setting goals is important? Leave a comment below and let me know if you have any tips. Subscribe to my email list by clicking on the button above and receive my checklist to keep you moving forward in attaining your goals.

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14 thoughts on “Why Setting Goals Is Important

  1. 💜 This is brilliant; it’s perfect for tracking measurable metrics and deadlines like Financial Goals yet I Wonder if it may be adapted to suit Non-Financial Goals where Deadlines are largely irrelevant like Getting Published, Selling Artwork, Entering Local, Regional or National Politics and so on


    1. Thank you for your insightful comments. Yes it can be adapted to fix the individual situation. Your goal would be to get published by a certain date. The date will help avoid procrastination and keep you focused.

      1. 💜 Fully Understood yet it does pose an interesting conundrum; a Commercial Goal, Financial, benefits from the SMART approach which, of course, includes setting a deadline date to “keep you focussed” on measurable metrics…it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that a Creative Goal, Non-Financial, is an entirely different beast given that there are few, if any, measurable metrics; a writer receives many rejections which is quite stressful and if they add a timebound deadline date the stress increases and Creative Output Suffers Badly…unlike Business there is no “procrastination” with Creativity, it turns up when it turns up then The Creative becomes “focused” to the extent of shutting out everyone and everything else until ready to reveal the work; so, perhaps, rather than setting a deadline date which may result in feelings of failure if missed, setting a Goal of Keep On Submitting, Your Publisher Is Out There or Approach Art Galleries Until You Find A Suitable Match or Seek Out a Patron or Apply for Grants or Engage An Agent or Approach Production Studios and so on


    2. I agree that it’s about seeing practical goals. As an aspiring author, the goals I set myself are about getting *my* work done. I want to be a published author so people can read my stories, but whether a publisher chooses to publish my books is out of my control – even if the stories are superbly written (whether that’s true or not is for future readers to say).

      Creativity does show up sometimes, but it’s about consistency with writing, painting, drawing, producing that show, or whatever we’re creating. We can’t wait for motivation to strike, and only work hard then. We must commit to creating every day (even if we think some of it is terrible) and submitting through the disappointments of rejection. I’m not yet at the submission stage with my writing,

    3. But having a solid plan helps me consistently write, and edit, so the limited time I have is put to good use.

      In short: control the controllables. Work hard, work consistently, and keep on keeping on in the face of disappointment.

      Peace and encouragement to create, friend!

  2. oooh Scott I like this “The Seinfeld Method.” In this method, you get a large yearly calendar and hang it on a prominent wall” And the marble, paper clip method.. whatever works.
    Great article! Now if I could get something else done besides work and writing I’d be good say I looking at the dirty dishes etc. xo❤️

  3. Re-evaluating our plans and our work ethic is important. There are days I know I could have done more editing but I made I *choice* to do something else. Why is the question I need to ask, and change my plan to help me make a different decision in the future.

    Thank you once again for the encouragement. 👌

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