Podcast 27 final
[00:00:00] Welcome to The Extraordinary Life Podcast from the creator of the Extraordinary Life Tribe, Crystal Obregon, the self-development podcast propelling you forward toward your goals. Using science backed high performance habits. Reach the next level in your physical and mental health. See new Heights in your relationships.
[00:00:18] Gain clarity on your purpose and live your extraordinary life. Welcome your host writers, speaker and coach crystal over gone. Hi there. This is Crystal of Crystal Obregon Coaching with episode number 27 of the Extraordinary Life Podcast. I've been talking about envisioning your dreams for the past few weeks, and I'm sure you've also been inundated with the topic of setting goals for the new year.
[00:00:52] I'm not usually a big proponent of new year's resolutions or setting goals only once a year. But if [00:01:00] you're not in the habit of setting goals, or if you need to revisit your goals, the new year is a good time to get started today. I'm going to share seven reasons. It's important to set goals.
[00:01:16] First off though. I'd like you to step back and think to your late teens or your early twenties. If you're like many people, you are going to college and you also likely had some sort of four or five-year plan for finishing college and getting started on your young adult life, there's also probably a curriculum plan associated with your major.
[00:01:44] So it was easy to take the next steps and stay focused on your end game. Now I'd like you to come back to the present time and think about what a major commitment that was. [00:02:00] Think about how much focus it took to stick to that plan, whatever else you were doing in your life. I know I was the first in my family to go to college and get my degree.
[00:02:12] So I was hyper-focused even though it took more than four years, I did go off path a couple of times, but I pushed through obstacles to return to my plan because I had one and in my mind it was non-negotiable to finish. As we get older, it's easier for the days, weeks, months, and years to pass without moving forward or without an intentional direction, you may have decided to have a family or not.
[00:02:45] You may have moved from job to job or even started your own business or switched career paths. Completely. My question for you is. These days having been [00:03:00] intentional about moving forward, whatever that looks like for you, it's different for everyone. Have you had short-term goals that lead to the big dreams for your life?
[00:03:13] This is really important to do whether it's career relationship, family health or spiritual goals. So let's get started. The first reason setting goals is important is to give you that direction in life. Although it can be fun to live without direction. In the short term in the long-term human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction goals.
[00:03:42] Give that sense of direction and purpose to life. The second reason to be intentional about goal setting is to make sure you're the one choosing the direction of your life. Not others, not fate, not media, et cetera. It can be really [00:04:00] easy to let others set the direction of your life for you. You can take a job because family or friends point you in that direction.
[00:04:09] And then you just follow the dictates of your bosses. You may move in other directions because popular culture or the media tells you to do so. The simple truth is that if you don't set your own goals, you will find it too easy to follow a path set by others. This can lead to stress and then happiness.
[00:04:33] You have a greater chance of happiness and fulfillment following your own path and pursuing your own goals. The third reason to set goals is that while goals do you give your life direction, they also provide the motivation to get you through difficult times and choices going to college while working full time was stressful and difficult at times for.[00:05:00]
[00:05:00] But in the long run, it was worthwhile to have my degree under my belt and I needed to tap into the motivation to get to that long-term goal. The fourth reason is to make sure you get what you want from life. Even though I didn't exactly use my degree in biology. Being a college graduate was important to who I wanted to become.
[00:05:30] For some people, goals are measured in money or material goods for others. Goals are measured in time or freedom. If you don't have goals, outlined that suit your unique perspective on life. It's really easy to become sidetracked by life. And. The fifth reason to set goals is that they can save time when your, to do list becomes too long in your calendar to [00:06:00] full or hopefully before it does, you can simply compare your goals to the list.
[00:06:07] Which items help you achieve your goals or necessary to your goal, which aren't scratch off the ones that are not important to your goals as unimportant, or if they are something that do you need to get done, get someone else to do them. It doesn't have to be. The sixth reason goes along with the fifth.
[00:06:31] Goals reduce stress because using goals to focus your life and choices makes it easier to make those choices. Should you take that new position at work? How does it match your goals? Should you go on that trip? Has it matched your goals? Finally goals give you a measurable sense of accomplishment. Every goal you achieve, even every step you make towards your [00:07:00] goal.
[00:07:00] I can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep you going. Each success celebrated powers you toward your next level of success. Speaking of success, it's not too late to join my Success Habits Reboot. It starts on Thursday, January 13th and replays are available. The details will be in the show notes.
[00:07:27] So go out and set a few goals. Bye for now. Thank you for listening to the extraordinary life podcast with writer and coach Crystal Obregon. We'd love to connect with you outside of the podcast, too, to find more helpful insights, show notes and more about Crystal.
[00:07:44] Go to Crystal Obregon dot com that's O B R E G O N, where you will also find info for the Design Your Decade workshop. This workshop will help you to stop drifting and start creating. Until next time be extraordinary.[00:08:00]