The importance of setting goals in life

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The last post, Meaningless Goals, was about wasting time and energy chasing absurd and pointless targets. So it was only logical, or at-least this is what I thought, to talk about the importance of setting goals in life in this post.

So what exactly are goals?

Goals are the oxygen of our dreams, they give direction and meaning to life. Compelling us to lead a disciplined life and transforming our personality and outlook in a positive way.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

Here are my 5 reasons why setting goals is important in life:

  1. Achieving potential : Setting a goal means setting a target to strive towards. To accomplish this one needs to stretch beyond the normal. This helps the person look beyond the familiar routine and grow in life. Always remember, familiarity is the nemesis of growth.
  2. Creating focus : We all have potential to do something good in life. It is up to us to realize our potential and focus our abilities and talent in the right direction. Just like how sunlight can’t burn through anything without a magnifying glass focusing it, a person cannot achieve anything without focus.
  3. Taking control of your life : At some point of time we need to grow up and take control of our life. Meaning, not only should we hold ourselves responsible for our success but also for our failures. So instead of waiting for things to happen we need take charge and make things happen.
  4. Creating accountability : Having goals makes a person accountable, because rather than just talking a person is compelled to act. This self accountability makes the individual responsible for his/her successes or failures.
  5. Motivation : Setting goals helps a person connect with his/her innermost desires. Motivating and giving the person something to strive for. This motivation helps overcome the negative desires that cloud the mind, reconnects with the innermost desires and redirects the focus on accomplishing the goals.

Goals are simply tools that help funnel energy in the right direction. They help a person reach his/her potential and do something good, for oneself and for the community at large.

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Mahatma Gandhi, and 10 famous quotes

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Background
Mohandas  Karamchand Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. He is known for: leadership of Indian independence movement, philosophy of Satyagraha, Ahimsa or nonviolence, pacifism, among many other things.

His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

He is also called Bapu (father) and Gandhiji in India, and is unofficially called the Father of the Nation.

Gandhiji was assassinated at 5:17 pm on 30 January 1948 on his way to a prayer meeting.

It was owing to his efforts and philosophy that more than 16% of the world population was freed from the oppression of British imperialism, an act somehow considered unworthy for a Nobel peace prize – although he was nominated 7 times.

Quotes

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  1. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

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2. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

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3. An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

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4. Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.

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5. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

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6. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

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7. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

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8. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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9. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

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10. A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.

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