Why Your Goals Need to be Larger than Your Life
The most common question we have to answer while growing up would be ‘’what's your aim in life’’ or ‘’what are your plans for the future? As astonishing as it might sound most of us never get to those childhood dreams even though they are what we always strive to be. The importance of setting a goal is mostly confined to a box. Sometimes it's about getting a specific job or landing on a business of our dreams. But what’s next? Where do we go from here? This is when the midlife crisis begins as we get closer to our goals and try wondering about the next step forward. We feel lost. So, it is really necessary to have goals that are beyond our life span, something that will constantly help us flourish throughout our lives.
However, setting goals does not have to be repetitive. The advantages and benefits of having a set of goals to strive towards are numerous. Setting goals helps to stimulate new habits, helps direct your concentration, and helps you maintain life's momentum. It also helps you to align your attention and foster a sense of self-mastery. You can't really control something that you don't evaluate in the end, and you can't improve it either. Setting goals will help you achieve that and more.
Goals enable you to focus your attention. Having precise goals makes it less exhausting to accomplish everything you want to achieve. Firstly, if you have no goal, you might feel a little discouraged and frustrated that the energy you devote mindlessly is taking you nowhere. Imagine a baby bird. The baby bird wishes to fly, but he's not sure of it. In other words, there isn't a goal for the baby bird. So it realizes it has wings but doesn't concentrate on flying. Rather, it flaps its wings aimlessly, only to get nowhere, frustrated and fatigued. If the baby bird had a goal, "Yes, I want to fly," it would be able to think and function more clearly to flap its wings more efficiently and realize that it needs to run while flapping to get the lift it needs to fly.
Goals serve as reference points. You have no reference point without goals to monitor your progress. To see your progress, you need reference points to be motivated as you get closer to your goal, while finding a new path as you see your progress is not going anywhere (in the case of the baby bird, not knowing it needed to approach the goal differently by running as well as flapping).
On the other side, you'd have nothing to work for, because at the end of the road, there's nothing waiting for you. We all have an internal drive that is very goal-oriented, even our most basic emotions and desires are subject to having a goal. What matters to both of us is that we're not going to create a drive to get us there without a goal. Every year we see this on New Year's Eve when everybody says they're going to work out, go to the gym, or finally get a new job. And while it is a target in itself, it is a very frail and flimsy goal to have, which is why it is dropped by most individuals within the first month.
Overall, for you to do something with your life, setting goals is important. Which is the only thing you need to do to live a life worth meaning. Goals help save you time, energy, keep you motivated, and open-minded to improve your approach to a problem that you want to solve because a goal is nothing more than a problem if you think about it and the solution is your actions. You are able to give a better answer by concentrating more on the problem you are given.