Wednesday 12 February 2020

3 Great Reasons to Define Your Dreams and Goals

There are certain times when almost all of us set conscious goals for ourselves. When we start applying for jobs, for example. Or, when it’s time to come up with New Year’s resolutions.

For the most part, though, the majority of us tend to make it through our everyday lives without really defining our goals or dreams in any clear or detailed way. In the short term, this can seem to reduce stress, since we have less to worry about. In the long term, though, it can present a bunch of different problems.

Here are some great reasons to define your goals and dreams.

Because if you don’t know where you want to get to, you’ll likely just wander aimlessly

Every so often you hear comments from people romanticising the idea of “going with the flow.” What doesn’t get brought up as much as it should, though, is that “going with the flow” is another way of saying “following the path of least resistance.”

The path of least resistance, it turns out, rarely goes anywhere great, and often doesn’t go anywhere much at all.

Defining your goals and dreams gives you a point to work towards. It allows you to undertake the process of carving out your own destiny, instead of just letting things happen to you. In other words, it gives you a destination on the map so that you don’t have to just wander aimlessly.

Because life is a lot more exciting and motivating if you are pursuing things that matter to you

Everyone, ultimately, wants their life to be meaningful, exciting, and motivating. They want, in other words, to feel like jumping out of bed each morning.

But what actually makes people want to jump out of bed in the morning? Usually it will be a sense of anticipation for something positive or desirable that the day promises to hold.

Life is always a lot more exciting and motivating if you are pursuing and looking forward to things that matter to you. When you define your dreams and goals, you create that kind of positive meaning in your life that can dramatically increase your enthusiasm as a whole.

Because you’ll never know what you could have, unless you “ask”

Most of us have some murky, undefined idea of the kinds of things we’d really love to have in life, but if we keep those dreams half-formed, we will likely never know if we actually could have had them or not.

Often in life, defining goals and dreams, and “asking” for what you want can take you a long way and can leave you feeling happily surprised.

A dream home may seem unobtainable, for example. But after speaking to some residential architects about your specific ideas, you may find that there is actually a path for you to get the home of your dreams after all.

One thing is for sure in any case; you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

*This is a collaborative post*


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