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In this article, you will learn about why are goals important for self care. In today’s society, we live in a world that puts such an emphasis on a hustle mentality. This mentality can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, and burnout, and negatively affect our mental health. 

Often when we look at the big picture of life, we can become overwhelmed with how much work needs to get done to reach certain milestones.

For me, when I would look at everything that needed to be done and everything I wanted to accomplish, I would get overwhelmed and sometimes defeated before I even started.

Things started to change once I decided to sit down and learn about why are goals important. I started writing out the goals for the different areas of my life.

To me, this was a form of self care as I decided that my mental health was important to me and I didn’t want to live in a constant state of anxiety any longer.

Why are Goals Important?

I noticed that as I started to set goals for the different areas of my life I became more peaceful and calm. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with the big picture, I was able to focus on the steps one at a time.

In using this process I started seeing progress because the small goals allowed me to move forward with victory.

A goal is the objective of our work, the end point of what you are trying to get to. Your goals can be both long-term and short-term, big goals or small goals.

It is recommended to put a completion date on a goal as an aim, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t complete it by that date. Life happens, but we have to decide to keep moving forward even if we didn’t hit the mark the first time. 

I have had to readjust goals at times because I didn’t take certain factors into account. Instead of giving up, I re-examined the goal and made the adjustments that I needed.

I had to choose to keep going and not let a little setback stop my progress. Progress, no matter how fast or how slow, is still progress.

notebook to use as you learn why goals are important

Goal Setting Steps

When I decided to start setting goals for my life, I decided to focus on all the different areas. These areas include spiritual, relationships, financial, physical health, mental health, education, household, and business.

I chose all of these different areas because I felt they were all necessary for the life I desired. You should choose the areas that are important to you. 

As you are deciding what areas are important to you, I recommend reading this article about writing the vision for your life. That can help give you direction for what you are planning so that your goals lead to your vision and not just random directions.

Using a notebook, I recommend writing the big-picture goal under each area that you are focusing on. This is not the goal that you will write on your goal sheet, but the end goal as you put action into all of the little goals.

goal sheet example - why are goals important

For example, my husband and I have a big-picture financial goal. What I would write on my goal sheet is a small, achievable goal to get me in the direction of our big goal.

This might be writing a budget for the first time, or saving a certain amount of money. Those are steps toward achieving the BIG goal. 

Using the example of the financial goal, I will show you how I take the next steps. Say my husband and I want to have $1,000,000 in savings.

This is not something that is most likely achievable in a day or a month. Maybe our first small goal would be to have $1000 in savings. I would write that goal on my sheet.

The next thing I want to write is my “why”. Why is this goal important to me? What is the purpose of this goal?

You need to have a clear reason for why you are working towards this goal, otherwise, you may start viewing it as a waste of time and stop working towards it.

After that, I find a scripture for the goal I am working towards. As a child of God, I want to make sure that what I am working towards has a foundation that is built on the Word of God. If it doesn’t grow my relationship with God, it’s not worth doing.

For my goal, one scripture I would include is Proverbs 21:20 (AMP), “There is precious treasure and oil in the house of the wise [who prepare for the future], But a short-sighted and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.”

Next, I write out the actionable steps toward this goal. I may include writing a monthly budget (if I’m not already doing that). I might write a specific amount from each paycheck that goes into savings.

I might have to look at what could be trimmed from my extra spending that can be reallocated to savings. I could also search for things around the house I can sell.

After that, I include the resources that I need to complete my goal. For saving money I might need a savings account, a written budget, envelopes to store extra cash to go into savings, etc.

The last thing I include is a completion date of when I would like to achieve my goal. When deciding on a date, make sure it is an attainable and realistic date.

If I said I wanted to lose 50 pounds in 1 month, that would be completely unrealistic and unhealthy. Setting a goal date like that would cause frustration and most likely cause me to give up.

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22 Comments

  1. I really love how you pointed out how the simple act of outlining our goals can allow us to see the individual steps we need to take toward something big. This automatically seems to make that big thing less intimidating! I’m such a fan of goal-setting and tracking! It’s one thing to set them, but for me the key is putting all my small action steps on the calendar so I know exactly what to do each day to move closer to the goal. Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you! I would get overwhelmed with the big picture and just not do anything so I had to figure out a way to make progress with my goals.

  2. I am one of those overwhelmed anxious people who is slowly trying not to be. I love how precise and easy to follow the forms you use are. It’s interesting how the simplest of things can change the outlook and outcome sometimes.

  3. Great post! I had never thought of setting goals as a form of self care. You gave me a lot of think about. Thank you!

  4. Love that you included an example in this post. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize how to use a template, but your visual example really helps.

  5. I am not good at setting goals, but always strive to be better at it. I love how you pointed out that if you don’t quite reach the goal, you should look at it and readjust instead of quitting! Such good tips on something we all could get a lot of help on…thanks!

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