Setting Goals Part1 – Benefits of Setting Goals

In this is three part series on Setting Goals, Setting Goals part1 is focused on the why.

Setting goals part 2 is focused on the How.

 and Setting goals part 3 is focused on Achieving Goals.


I can’t begin to tell you the myriad articles available on setting goals.  We all agree that it is an important part of being successful.

But not many people know how to set goals beyond writing down a list of things to do and crossing them out as we accomplish each one. While this method works for some people, for others, the things on the to-do list don’t necessarily drive them any closer to accomplishing their goals. In order to set  proper goals, you should know the reason why.


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Why Goal setting?

The trouble with not having a goal is that you spend your life running up and down the field and never score.


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Goals should be long-term and short-term.

Long term goals should be what your dreams are. ( And yes dream big. Don’t limit what God can do. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to get there yet)

Short term goals should consist of day-to-day activities that drive you closer to your goals.

For example, Short term goals for kids can be Getting an A in math test, Finishing your project one week before the due date, Volunteering in school or in the community, waking up an hr early to pray, eating healthy, reducing T.V time e.t.c and for adults; learning a new language, losing weight, going back to school, starting a new business, e.t.c

Benefits of Setting Goals

  •  Focus: Setting Goals keeps you focused on your plan.  It makes you more effective and keeps you from wasting your time and energy doing trivial and mundane things.  Setting goals help us stay focused which improves our performance and ultimately gets us closer to achieving the dreams or goals we set for ourselves.
  •  Confidence: People who set goals are generally happier and have an increased level of self-confidence.
  •  Motivation: Setting goals will help you become more successful in school and in life since you will be able to accomplish more things and that increased sense of accomplishment keeps you motivated to do more.
  • Character BuildingThe little steps and effort you make every day help build your character.  God is more interested in our character, than how much money we make at the end of the day. Putting your trust in God and knowing that He will strengthen you and guide you, helps to keep you motivated.
  • Clarity: Goal setting takes planning and you cannot plan if you don’t have clarity. If you don’t decide what you want you’ll end up doing what others want. The more detailed your goal is the better it is to follow and stay with it. People don’t plan to fail. They fail to plan.
  • Organization: Having a plan keeps you organized and efficient and less likely to procrastinate.


    “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else”.

    -Yogi Bera

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It is not enough to write down a list of goals if you don’t have an idea of what you want in life. Some people are afraid to set goals because they don’t believe they can achieve it. It’s okay to have high expectations. When your expectation is poor, you won’t have the motivation to act. Goals are a statement of your faith.


Don’t be afraid of failure. Look at failure as an opportunity to learn what you need to do or not do in order to get where you want to be. In fact, failure is a necessary component of success.

“Without struggle, success had no value”.

-Aaron Lauritsen


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If setting goals is a means to keep us on a focused path to succeed at whatever we set out to do,  then why do some people still find it difficult to set goals and others may start but can’t seem to stay on track and eventually give up?


Two words. Behavior Modification.

That’s right!  At the core of every goal we set, and every plan we make to achieve those goals is behavior modification. Just writing out steps alone is not enough but the behaviors we are willing to change is the key.

Focus on your behaviors, it is what is in your control. It is what you focus on that makes you achieve your goals. Behaviors will get you in a position to achieve your goals.

What can I do to help me get closer to the goals? Focus on the part in your control. Behaviors are the building blocks that get you to your goals

What are your self-limiting thoughts? What thoughts are holding you back? Learn to pay attention to your thoughts. They can make you a prisoner and let opportunities pass you by.

Take over your negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Use visualization and feel as if your dreams and goals have already happened.

If you can get your mind to be certain that something will happen, it will. You must have clarity. Know what kind of person you want to become and model the right behavior to achieve it and you can be that person.


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What is the key to behavior modification?



Discipline is self-control in action.  This does not mean that you have to give up things you love to do. It means you don’t let feelings and impulses dictate your actions. You base your actions on things that are valuable to you (goals) and things that will lead you to your goals.

Self-discipline takes training and time to develop just like building muscle takes training and time to develop. Self-discipline is a learned skill. No one is born with it. Don’t be discouraged and say “I can’t achieve this or that. I’m not that disciplined”. You should realize that it’s all about the effort. At the end of the day its the effort that counts. Do not focus too much on the result or goals, you may get discouraged and quit trying.

Take it one step at a time and focus on the efforts, focus on the behaviors on the little changes you make every day, not on the goals. This is what will keep you from getting discouraged.  And it doesn’t matter if you fall off track. Don’t quit. Get back on track. The more you do an activity, the less willpower you’ll need.


Without Discipline, Nothing works.With Discipline, Everything works—-Napoleon Hill

Discipline weighs ounces, Regret weighs tons—-Jim Rohn

Success is tons of discipline——Al Tomsik

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How do I stay motivated?


Setting Goals and actually following it through actually makes you feel a sense of accomplishment. Thus making you feel happy and motivated.

For every goal you set, know the reasons why.

Those reasons are what will keep you motivated. Whatever it is that you want to do. Don’t set goals just to make money and retire one day. Don’t focus on yourself alone.  Do what will outlast you. Let your goals have an impact on others. Always Focus on what is in your control. Do what you can do and don’t worry about that which is beyond your control. Focus on the behaviors that will lead you to your Goals and Not the Goals in itself.

“A goal  is not always meant to be reached. It often serves as something to aim at”.

-Bruce Lee

The journey towards the goal is what is truly important. It reveals who you really are. It tests, develops, and shapes your character.



In  Setting Goals Part 2, I will be writing about the actual steps to setting  S.M.A.R.T Goals.







9 Responses to “Setting Goals Part1 – Benefits of Setting Goals

  • yomi Newton
    11 months ago

    Getting Goal is a focused determination

  • Adekunle O B
    11 months ago

    Educating and encouraging

  • Very well written. Thanks for the frank write up. It has actually motivated me to make some changes to what I’m doing now.

    • Thanks for the comment Lande. The effort and the journey we make towards our goals play a big role in defining who we are.

  • Rosana Bryant
    11 months ago

    Excellent …

  • Lateefat
    10 months ago

    Great! I luv this. Without motivation u get nowhere. We have to have to motivate ourselves, look outside the bracket and go for it, cos it will not just come to u as it does not walk, we have to. Thanks for sharing, feeling motivated already.

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