The Power Of Goal Setting

The Power Of Goal Setting

Leadership | Posted by - April 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

When we don’t reach a goal we have set, we often blame it on a lack of resources, such as time, support and technology. Yet what is really to blame? A lack of resourcefulness. Resources are helpful and necessary, but it is your own emotion that will drive you forward and shape your future. Your emotions will give you the motivation to find the support you need, no matter what your goal.

People often describe feeling as though they need to “get motivated.” This is a common misperception, after all, how can you force motivation, especially if you are not excited about your goals?

You don’t need motivation, you need your own reason for moving forward. If you can’t feel motivated to reach a goal, then it is not the right goal for you. If you truly want to achieve something, you will. You just need a why.

Keeping in touch with your why will always motivate you, even when your goals seem impossible. Explore where you are right now, and envision where you want to be. You won’t reach your goal if you can’t imagine what it will be like when you get there.

When setting a goal, think big! Think outside of the box. Don’t sensor yourself, and give all of your ideas a chance.

Reaching Your Goals:

  • Set goals that both excite you and scare you. Remember, nothing easy will be worth having.
  • Goals are not accomplished in one day: Set targets and smaller goals along the way. Establish checkpoints so you can stay on track.
  • Dreaming about and envisioning your goals are important tasks: these dreams make you excited, and keep your emotional strength up. Dreaming will evoke emotion, which gives you the motivation to reach your goal.

Always remember that your biography is not your destiny. If you live in the past, it will become your future. However, your future is a choice. Your decisions shape your destiny. Focus on your goal and give it meaning. This meaning produces emotion, which in turn, creates action. You will always move forward if you focus on your goal, and allow your emotion to fuel your decisions.

Any goal that doesn’t get you excited, emotional and a little bit frightened might not be the right choice. Your vision should motivate, empower and inspire you.

Tags: leadership, GOAST, something, destiny, emotion, employers, environment canada, goals, motivation, reputation, strengths

Sophie Boyko
Sales Strategist Sophie Boyko teaches small business owners and entrepreneurs how to grow a profitable business.  Sophie has helped hundreds of North America’s entrepreneurs with the skills and growth strategies they need to communicate with influence, make an impact, inspire action and build revenue. Connect with her at
Ashley Smith
August 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

Great post!

It seems common sense, but definitely something worth reminding ourselves of sometimes... 

My two favourite points:

  1. Blame lack of resourcefulness, not lack of resources.

  2. Having to push yourself to be motivated is a contradiction. Get excited and do what you love.

Simple, yet very important.

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