- They give you a reason to keep getting up in the morning. Think forward momentum! Sometimes, you’re having the kind of day where you’d rather stay in bed, but if you’re chasing a goal, you have something to work towards.
- They’re essential for self-improvement. You want to be a more disciplined or accomplished person? Start with goals.
- They show you how strong you are. When you reach them, you feel awesome. You feel like you can handle anything life throws out you (and sometimes it throws a lot – think about how people running for political office must feel when mistruths are being published about them, or when your friend or family member is sick or dying, or when you lose your job or have a fight with a friend).
Why to Set a Goal
This July, I got it in my head that I wanted to add swimming to my exercise routine. For background, I hadn’t really been swimming since high school, and even then, my definition of swimming was being in a pool or body of water and not drowning. Kind of embarrassing for a girl who grew up in a beach town. Because of some issues with my leg, running and jumping are currently not options, and I wanted some cardio. Swimming seemed like the best choice. So, I decided that by the end of the year, I would to be able to swim a mile. Today, three and a half months ahead of schedule, I did it.I’ve always been a goal-oriented person. I think goals are essential because: