Here is one thing most people love the sound and idea of but struggle to make a reality. Goals! We all know that goals do get us somewhere.
Well, if followed through. Goal setting has become a popular theme for the first two months of each year. However, the energy eventually dies down as the year progresses.
Then the question is, is what we normally do at the beginning of each year goal setting or just excitement and, simply writing down wishes? And yes, there is a difference between wishes and goals.
Change is inevitable. Growth is Intentional. – Glenda Cloud
A wish is a desire or hope for something to happen whereas a goal is defined as the ‘object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result’. Or, maybe it is goal setting and the only problem is that we are not being intentional about it.
We need to be intentional in our goal setting. Being intentional in goal setting means going beyond setting targets.
Instead of starting from what we admired from other people, it starts with self-searching and establishing who we are now, and who we want to be in the future.
What is its significance? We may ask. Well, here is why we need to be intentional when we set our goals.
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Goals as We Know Them
Goals are aims that are meant to connect two points of our lives; where we are in the present and where we want to be in the future.
Therefore, to make sure that our path to who we want to be is clearly pronounced, our goals must be set with the intention to direct our steps towards the route that will help us reach our destination.
In other words, our goals must be drawn from our purpose and not the other way round. Without being intentional in our goal setting, we would go back and forth and sideways.
“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.” John C Maxwell
Pressure from Family
We have families that are doing well in life and it is a blessing to have them support us in everything we do. However, sometimes family including spouses can be so controlling to a point that we lose our individuality and as a result, we give up some of our dreams or temporarily put them aside.
We need to learn to be in control of our lives. No one knows better the desires hidden deep inside our hearts than we do.
Also, the family may not always be there to take care of things and fix our lives for us which may force us to only learn to figure out the reality of life at later stages of our lives or when we are left with no other choice but to get up and act.
In order to maintain our individuality, we need to be honest about who we really are and set goals that best suit our personalities.
By doing so, it allows us to live life to the fullest and reduces the chances of having regrets about the time lost while living in the shadow of other people.
Pressure from Social Spaces
The world has become more like a global village. Everything happening all over the world and in our communities is easily accessible.
We can’t lie about this, our social media has the most beautiful things we can see and the most inspiring stories in the world. The content is captivating. But we shouldn't ignore the fact that some if not all the posts we see are just captured moments and not the entire truth about life.
Being intentional in the goals we set reminds us of who we are and protects us from social pressures. Setting goals based on other people’s ‘achievements’ or ideas may confuse and depress us.
We may not have a connection with the goals besides that it might get us money fast or help us fit in.
When you are intentional in the goals you set, you are content with your part and you are not easily enticed by other people's lifestyles, which may not even be real.“If you’re going to grow, you have to be intentional.” Curt Kampmeier Click To Tweet
Finding the Meaning of Life and Appreciating the Journey
Earlier I mentioned how intentional goal setting gives life a direction. Knowing what we are living for and what we are aiming at gives us determination and persistence.
These help us connect to our life journey and find fulfillment in each and every achievement. Intentional goal setting allows us to experience life for what it is, and we face challenges head-on.
There is no better teacher than that. In the end, the journey is traveled with a clear conscience. An intentional life is a sure ticket to learning to appreciate life and experience genuine happiness.“Intentional living is about living your best story.” – John C. Maxwell Click To Tweet
Motivation and Strength to Do your Daily Activities
When your goals are intentional, you have a good reason to wake up and do something with your life.
You know what you are working for, if it’s a relationship, you know why you are in it and don't struggle to prioritize your goals.
You cannot afford to waste time or give less. When your goal setting is not intentional, it gets easy to put them on hold and focus on other things.
When your job or relationship has a strong link with who you want to be in the future, you feel compelled to commit and give it your all. It is your future after all.
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