5 Benefits of Setting Goals
by Duncan Brodie
If you have a goal it gives you focus something to aim for, a target or dream to work to.
Achieving or making progress towards a goal can be hugely motivating. Imagine for example you want to improve your fitness. When you start you can only exercise on the treadmill for a short period of time at a relatively slow speed. Pretty quickly you can comfortably run for 15 minutes at a reasonable speed. It's a great feeling when you reach and then pass a previous best.
If you set yourself a goal you are more likely to succeed. Once you set an idea in your mind that you are going to do something, there is likely to be a much greater chance of success. Why? The reason is that you will go the extra mile to achieve it.
If you start setting and achieving goals your confidence will rise. I use myself as an example. I left school at 16 with basic qualifications. I started an Accountancy Diploma at night school. Each time I passed a set of exams it gave me the confidence to tackle the next level. Eventually I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.
Every time we set a goal we grow as a person. The reason for this is that we are probably going to have to develop or learn about something to achieve it. Setting up my web-site is a good example. I would describe myself as IT competent. Despite this I purchased a website builder, had a go, got some feedback and asked for help when stuck. The learning and growth from doing what might appear as a simple task was huge.
So what are your goals? Have fun considering and exploring this question and setting your goals.
Duncan Brodie is a Leadership Development Coach and Management Trainer at Goals and Achievements http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk He specialises in helping accountants and professionals to make the transition from technical expert to manager and leader.