Part 1 | Six Reasons Why Having Goals Works

IMG_0224August 24, 2016

Reason #1: Goals Provide Purpose and Direction

If we don’t know where we are going, how will we know when we arrive?

It’s easy to float.  So, sometimes, to get to where we want to be, we first need to decide where we want to go.  And, that is the essence of any goal.  It’s a decision.

In its simplest form, creating a goal produces a purpose that we can name, track, and modify as we make progress.  And, it’s not a be-all/end-all scenario.  A goal is not a train on fixed, immovable rails.

Instead, it’s a starting point, one which gives us a horizon to move toward, a concrete aim to work for, and, in a word: a focal-point.

Add to that, goals give us a still point to return to should we ever feel lost—a good goal reminds us of the purpose as well as the meaning behind our labor and sacrifices.

When we have a goal, we have a destination—that is, a direction in which we can move, for a reason that we’ve identified.  It’s like driving from Miami to Portland.  There are countless different routes to take—each with various virtues and setbacks—but the path that we take does not (in any way) change the destination.

So, we don’t need to plan or control every step along the way when we set a goal—not only is that thought overwhelming, it’s also impossible.  We just need to point ourselves in the direction we’ve identified, for the reasons that we’ve elected, and set out.

Action:  Make a list of 10 things that you want to do before the end of the year.  Ask yourself, “What actions am I taking right now to ensure that these things are accomplished?”  If your answer is, “Nothing.”  That’s okay, try asking yourself, “What is one action that I could take today to move in that direction?” 

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

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