Have you ever bothered to find out why Planning and goal-setting are a major focus of many public speakers? It is because of the role it plays in one’s success. Making plans and setting goals contribute to success tremendously, and the importance of doing so cannot be overlooked. On today’s blog post, our focus will be on the necessity of planning and goal-setting.
Here is why it is important to plan/set goals:
- Goals give you direction.
Goals will help you know what step to take at each point in time. You will know what precedes/proceeds each activity you are performing. If you find people taking just any exam announced anywhere, it is because they have no specific goal towards which they are working. When you have specific goals, you won’t just do things because the majority is doing it, but because you are aware of its relevance. In addition, goals will help you know what is worth holding and what you should let go at certain points in time, so as to give a chance to bigger opportunities.
When one has goals towards which he or she is working, it is difficult for him/her to give up. This is because even when such a person fails, he/she will know what step to take and which target to keep getting at. There’s usually more hope for those who plan than for those who don’t. Equally, when you have a particular goal that you really want to achieve, you feel moved to keep working hard, even when the going gets tough, mindful of the fact that the current sacrifice is for a future success.
- Planning simplifies your life.
If you spend time making relevant plans now, you will have less stress in future. So to save yourself from many worries tomorrow, plan today. You will always find life easy-going and simpler if you plan early on how to face any potential challenges. There may still be hitches on the way, but because you planned ahead of time and you aren’t taken by surprise, you will be able to maintain your stamina. In life, if you acquire the needed pistol enough, you won’t have to bother when you get to a pack of wolves hiding in the bush along your journey. But if you get there without a thought of what could be ahead of you, even just the fear and regret that you have could render you powerless and cause you to collapse. Planning renders life simple!
- Goals coordinate one’s life.
It’s the goals you plan to achieve that will put together every bit of your life. In the game of Archery, what you need is just your eyes to see, and your hands to shoot. That seems to be all. But the truth is that, when it’s time to throw the arrows, even your feet, mouth and entire body are stationed in a focused position, to be able to hit the target. That is what goals do too. Goals coordinate one’s life and focus all his energy on a single activity for maximum performance. When you have goals, they direct you to what to do and what not to do, as well as when and how to do it. For instance, if you had the goal to become a Motivational Speaker, that rings a bell in your head that you ought to watch your physical appearance, character, habits and what you read or talk about. At that point in time, all your time and efforts are directed and focused towards that goal, making your success certain.
What will move you most often and make you feel encouraged in times of failure is not the words others use to empathise with you, but that deep desire to achieve something. Goals are like a spark, that keeps appearing time and again, even if the fire is quenched. A goal is like magma burning from inside. And whenever there is hot magma, there is bound to be an earthquake emitting lava in the due course of time. With well-defined goals you are passionate about achieving, you will always feel encouraged even if others are not there to give you words of encouragement.
- Goals define your walk with God.
Achieving your plans has a lot to do with your relationship with God. A wise man in the Bible called Solomon once said, “We may make our plans, but God has the last word.” (Proverbs 16:1). When you know what you want to achieve, you will equally realize how relevant God’s help is for you to be able to succeed. So, always draw your plans and pray about them, committing them to God at all times. Don’t do things that will annoy the Lord. Some projects in life need miracles, which could only come by God’s grace. And this grace surpasses all merit, connections and money payable, so it is better to trust in God that on your own might or merit. Moreover, when you plan and set goals, it shows God how serious you are, and he will more readily come to your aid. Just plan, and God will help you.