“People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them and that setting a goal will make life feel more meaningful”, says Business Astrologer cum Astro Strategist™ Hirav Shah. “These targets help connect people to something larger than themselves and lead to a sense of fulfillment when a goal is accomplished.”

Hirav Shah says, “Aimless life is a miserable life. Don’t the old proverbs talk all about having an aim in life and how one needs to work toward reaching the goal? Setting a goal not just gives a clear idea of the destination one needs to work towards, but also gives a sense of purpose in life.”

How often do you set goals? How often do you revisit your list? We all know that setting goals are important, but we often don’t realize how important they are as we continue to move through life.

Goal setting does not have to be boring. There are many benefits and advantages to having a set of goals to work towards.

Setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus, and helps you sustain that momentum in life.

Goals also help align your focus and promote a sense of self-mastery. In the end, you can’t manage what you don’t measure and you can’t improve upon something that you don’t properly manage. Setting goals can help you do all of that and more.

Hirav Shah says that when you set your goal based on these three important rules, you can feel confident that you will be able to achieve your goal.

1. SMART Goals

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Any goal that you set should fulfill all the above criteria. When the goal is specific and measurable, you have a clear idea of your path. Secondly, it is important that the goal is achievable and relevant to your current career or life. Finally, you need to set a time limit to reach your goal, or you will never get to it. A personal development coach can help you set goals that meet all five criteria.

2. Motivating goals

If you are not happy about your goals, then you will find it difficult to work toward it. You should set goals that motivate you to work toward it. When you set goals, you need to be clear on why the goal is important for you. You should also be clear about what you will achieve when you reach your goals. All these things will motivate you to work toward achieving your goals.

3. Write down your goals and plan the steps

It is normal for anyone to work seriously towards the goal in the beginning. But, after a period of time, the momentum reduces, and one may feel lazy to work for the goal. Make it a point to write down your goals. Also, you need to make a workable action plan to reach your goal. The action plan should also be SMART. This way, you will have a clear idea of the steps you need to take and the results that you will achieve.

Goal setting is an interesting enterprise. Everyone sets goals with alacrity and then puts them on the back burner as other events in life take priority. So, it is important that you constantly stay motivated to follow your life and career goals.

Setting goals can help us move forward in life. Goals give us a roadmap to follow. Goals are a great way to hold ourselves accountable, even if we fail. Setting goals and working to achieve them helps us define what we truly want in life.

Setting goals also helps us prioritize things. If we choose to simply wander through life, without a goal or a plan, that’s certainly our choice. However, setting goals can help us live the life we truly want to live.

Hirav Shah concludes by saying, “Having said that, we don’t have to live every single moment of our lives planned out because we all need those days when we have nothing to accomplish.

However, those who have clearly defined goals might just enjoy their downtime even more than those who don’t set goals.”