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Goals are what take us forward in life; they are the oxygen to our dreams. They are the first steps to every journey we take and are also our last. It’s very important that you realize the significance and importance of goal-setting and apply this knowledge in your life.

Begin with the end in mind. – Stephen Covey

What Is A Goal?

According to Wikipedia the exact definition of a goal is: A desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines. In other words, any planning you do for the future regardless of what it is, is a goal. So the next time you are planning on doing the weekly chores or decide on watching that really cool action movie after work, always keep in mind that these small tasks account as goals and while seemingly insignificant you are goal setting.

5 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important:

1. Goals Give You Focus

Imagine having to shoot an arrow without being given a target. Where would you aim? And say you did aim at some random thing (out of sheer perplexity). Why would you aim there? And what would the purpose be? Get the idea? This is a literal example of what life is like without a goal or target in mind. It’s pointless and a waste of energy and effort.  You can have all the potential in the world but without focus your abilities and talent are useless. Just like how sunlight can’t burn through anything without a magnifying glass focusing it, you can’t achieve anything unless a goal is focusing your effort. Because at the end of the day goals are what give you direction in life. By setting goals for yourself you give yourself a target to shoot for. This sense of direction is what allows your mind to focus on a target and rather than waste energy shooting aimlessly, it allows you to hit your target and reach your goal.

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. -Zig Ziglar

2. Goals Allow You To Measure Progress

By setting goals for yourself you are able to measure your progress because you always have a fixed endpoint or benchmark to compare with. Take this scenario for example David makes a goal to write a book with a minimum of 300 pages. He starts writing every day and works really hard but along the way, he loses track of how many more pages he has written and how much more he needs to write. So rather than panicking David simply counts the number of pages he has already written and he instantly determines his progress and knows how much further he needs to go.

3. Goals Keep You Locked In And Undistracted

By setting goals you give yourself mental boundaries. When you have a certain endpoint in mind you automatically stay away from certain distractions and stay focused towards the goal. This process happens automatically and subtly but according to research does happen. To get a better idea, imagine this. Your best friend is moving to Switzerland and his flight takes off at 9:00 PM. You leave right after work at 8:30 PM to see him off and you know it’s a 20-minute walk to get to the airport. So you make it a goal to reach the airport in 15 minutes by jogging so that you can have more time to say your goodbyes. Would you get distracted by “anything” along the way? Would you stop for a break or a snack? Would you stop by your house before going to the airport? I bet you answered no for each question and at the end of the day, this is what a goal gives you. FOCUS.  No matter who you meet along the way or what you see (assuming nothing is out of the ordinary) your goal allows you to stay locked in. You subconsciously keep away from distractions and your focus remains only on the goal. And by the way, if you didn’t know yet this is how you become successful, you set a goal, you lock it in and then give it your 100%.

One half of knowing what you want, is knowing what you must give up before you get it. – Sidney Howard

4. Goals Help You Overcome Procrastination

When you set a goal for yourself you make yourself accountable to finish the task. This is in complete contrast with when you do things based off a whim and it doesn’t matter whether you complete them or not. Goals tend to stick in your mind and if not completed they give you a “Shoot! I was supposed to do _____ today!” reminder. These reminders in the back of your head help you to overcome procrastination and laziness. (*But keep in mind that long-term goals actually promote procrastination. Most people aren’t good with deadliness 3 months away. So whenever you’re given a long term goal, break it down into several short-term goals so you can complete a chunk of the larger long term goal every week or even every day.)

5. Goals Give You Motivation

The root of all the motivation or inspiration you have ever felt in your entire life are goals. Goal setting provides you the foundation for your drive. By making a goal you give yourself a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about. It gives you something to focus on and put 100% of your effort into and this focus is what develops motivation. Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.

Osman Hameed

Osman Hameed is an Entrepreneur, Investor & Founder of Being in the self-help industry for over 10+ years, Osman has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with the Code of Living community. Follow him on Instagram + All major social media platforms via @osmanxhameed.

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[49] Comments
  • Rajesh Nair
    9:36 PM, 13 June 2022

    Good article & would try to implement in my personal/professional life.

  • john
    8:47 AM, 13 April 2022

    i need some head from a baddie

  • jimmy bob joe
    12:07 PM, 4 March 2022

    1. Goals give you focus.
    2. Goals Allow You To Measure Progress.
    3. Goals Keep You Locked In And Undistracted.
    4. Goals Help You Overcome Procrastination.
    5. Goals Give You Motivation.

  • Ur mom
    10:00 AM, 12 January 2022

    Ur mom why am I reading this

    • Ur M0M
      11:22 AM, 13 January 2022

      My son is very good at goals and… 😯😮‍💨😶‍🌫️😯🤬😪🙄🤬😮🙄😬😶😡😬😡🤥😑🤬🤥😑🤥😑🤬🤬🤬🤬😈🤬😈🤬😈💩🤬💩💩💩😩😩🥵🥵🥵🥰🥰😘😘😍😘😘😍😍😍

      • Olivia
        8:57 AM, 14 January 2022

        Ur mom is watching

      • Alexis
        1:43 PM, 2 February 2022


    • Olivia
      8:58 AM, 14 January 2022

      Ur mom is watching

  • Victoria Battagliese
    12:31 PM, 3 December 2021

    My goal will be to try and get all A’s this marking period.

  • Hashan
    6:58 PM, 18 November 2021

    Great article, first time visitor to your website.


    • Osman Hameed
      12:15 PM, 4 March 2022

      Very Great go suck yourself

  • Brendan Green
    9:54 AM, 20 October 2021

    My goal is to be a professional unicyclist, I already know how to! I might want to be a street performer too.

      9:56 AM, 20 October 2021

      O yes that good for you Brendan i hope you had a good life

      From UNKNOWN

  • Tawny
    9:56 PM, 3 October 2021

    Very inspirational!

  • Carano Jace
    2:41 PM, 30 September 2021

    Thank you very much. This was very helpful

  • Jobic Mwagure
    1:11 AM, 12 August 2021

    This is wonderful hance the knowledge given is help full

  • Kalema muhammed
    12:13 AM, 27 July 2021

    Wow wow this was so great for me learnt alot and wish could learn more here.

  • Liam Nelsom
    1:11 AM, 30 April 2021

    This was a really awesome point: The root of all the motivation or inspiration you have ever felt in your entire life are goals.

  • Jake
    1:06 AM, 30 April 2021

    Very interesting tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Saulat Haider
    6:54 PM, 29 January 2021

    I like your thoughts on goal setting. Very practical and extremely useful knowledge for everyone who wants to focus their energy and attention plus it is to the point the way you explained.

    • Osman Hameed
      5:51 PM, 3 February 2021

      Thanks, Saulat for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  • PJ
    6:51 PM, 27 January 2021

    When placing a quote, you should include a one or two sentence bio of the person being quoted. for ex.
    One half of knowing what you want, is knowing what you must give up before you get it. – Sidney Howard

    • Osman Hameed
      5:51 PM, 3 February 2021

      Good idea PJ — will consider it for future posts! 🙂

  • Malachi
    2:26 PM, 13 January 2021

    For all the gamers (including me) goals are like video game achievements. You devise a plan to get them.

    -Malachi 2021

    • I play ark
      11:57 AM, 19 January 2021


  • Addison
    12:46 PM, 11 January 2021

    My goal is having great grades and become a doctor and help the homeless even tho I don’t have much but all I like to help

    • Osman Hameed
      5:52 PM, 3 February 2021

      You can do it, Addison! Best of luck!!

  • no name
    2:46 PM, 4 January 2021


    • Blake M.
      2:48 PM, 4 January 2021

      i love my mom

      • Angel Vela
        2:50 PM, 4 January 2021

        I don’t like my mom she hates me and never gives me any Christmas gifts that brat

      • Osman Hameed
        5:53 PM, 3 February 2021

        Very wholesome! Love your reaction to the negativity 🙂

      9:53 AM, 20 October 2021


  • Klais
    1:52 PM, 22 November 2020

    Without it, there is just no way now, if it is normal not to set goals, there will be no motivation to do anything. I know this already on my own. I always wanted to work as fast as possible and so I did. At the university I was initially hindered by very frequent written works. That is why I am very glad that I was able to send them to a special company which I chose from this list at and I think that it will be the same in the future. Because if someone has the same problems, read here, it will be useful. Good luck and success!

  • Kei’andre M.
    5:25 PM, 10 November 2020

    1. Goals give u focus.
    2. Goals Allow You To Measure Progress.
    3. Goals Keep You Locked In And Undistracted.
    4. Goals Help You Overcome Procrastination.
    5. Goals Give You Motivation.

  • Kei’andre M.
    8:43 PM, 9 November 2020

    A goal is when u are making a goal to achieve.

  • Kei’andre M
    6:46 PM, 23 October 2020

    Setting goals is when u are having a goal that u want to pass.

  • Jada
    8:29 AM, 23 October 2020

    Goals give you a path of what you want to achieve, goals also motivate you to work towards success.

  • Kei’andre
    2:20 PM, 21 October 2020

    It was great

  • Ethan
    9:53 AM, 19 October 2020

    I thought it was great

  • lala
    12:11 PM, 21 September 2020

    Goals teach you what to aim at so u can know what to accomplish next so after finishing one goal you can move to the next .

  • Marvan N
    9:54 AM, 13 August 2020

    Helped me find my path

    • Sheequa
      1:41 PM, 3 November 2020

      What was your path

    • Osman B.
      5:38 PM, 10 November 2020

      I’m really glad to hear Marvan! Would love to hear your story 🙂

    • Osman Hameed
      10:04 PM, 25 December 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Marvan! Don’t forget to like and share! 🙂

  • Syed Maroof Shah
    2:07 PM, 6 August 2020

    Appreciated, knowledgeable article.

  • Rajkishore Mohakud
    3:52 AM, 17 March 2020

    This page inspire many people . But Always my fav ” There is no victory without a battle “

  • Phoenix
    2:09 AM, 12 January 2020

    Very Convincing?

    • Tessa
      10:05 AM, 16 January 2020


    • Osman Hameed
      10:21 PM, 25 December 2020

      I hope so 😀

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