Importance of Goals: The Ingredient for Being Better at Work

The importance of goals is one of those most well known secret amongst those who are successful at work. They know they need a direction. They know what will help them achieve what they want and they pursue it relentlessly. Unfortunately, many fail to act upon this not so secret formula. Are you one of them?

1. Make Your Goals Related
When I talk about the importance of goals at being better at work, I am not necessarily talking about work goals or career goals. I mean it in a broader sense, which includes personal goals. I see them to be inter-related. You cannot have your personal goals and work goals unrelated as each helps you achieve the other. If you want to be better at work, set goals for your work, but more importantly set goals for your personal life too.

2. Gives You A Direction
The importance of goals is that it gives you direction. You know where you need to go, an end point at the very least for the end of the year, or your evaluation as the case maybe. With goals, you know what you need to do and will figure out a way to achieve them. That way you won’t feel lost at work and even if no one is supervising you, you know what needs to be done.

3. Let’s You Know Why You Are Working
If you have personal goals that are related to your work goals, it allows you to check back and know why you are working. Let’s face it; the majority of people out there do not particularly like their work, given a choice they would rather quit. But if you craft your goals in such a way that it relates to your personal goals, your work no matter how bad it is at the moment has a purpose!

4. Keeps You Motivated
When your work has a purpose no matter how small, whether to just to pay the bills, you will stay motivated. You won’t feel lost and you will be a better worker. Achieving a work related goal allows you to ask for a promotion or a pay raise. It provides a springboard for you to move on higher internally or even with another company.

5. Review Your Goals
Take a look at your goals. If you do not have any personal goals, start thinking about them. How would you like to improve yourself this year? What can you do better? These are easy ways to start setting personal goals. Even what you would like to buy at the end of the year is a good start, short of having no goals at all!

6. Set Goals Anytime
You can set goals anytime. There is no need to wait until the start of the year. Anytime is a good time. Let me use a simple example, you can set a goal of finishing two self-improvement books in a month. Or spend at least 30 minutes a day reading. These goals need not wait until the start of the year or whatever deadline you give yourself.

The importance of goals is that it allows you to have direction. When direction is coupled with action, you become a better worker. That is the secret ingredient in being better at work.

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