Goal-setting is a critical step in changing your life. If you want to transform your life, it’s important to understand what you are trying to achieve and the reason why you’re trying to make changes.
Your goal has to be relevant to your values and the things that matter most to you. Otherwise, you can achieve the results that you want, but you’ll still feel empty. Your motivation to achieve your goal will be greater if it relates to your purpose.
What’s the difference between a goal and a purpose?
A goal is something that you want to accomplish. It has a beginning and an end. Once you accomplish your goal, you’re done.
A purpose is a variation of a goal; it is something that’s ongoing. Your most important purpose can provide meaning to your life.
Here are some examples…
If you want to lose weight, your goal might be to fit into a cute outfit or a bikini. Your purpose might be to live a healthy life. Your purpose can be even more powerful if you connect it with something that matters most to you; for example, you want to lose weight to live a healthy life that will allow you to live longer to see your children grow up.
If you want to make more money, your goal might be to enjoy the good things in life. Your purpose might be to have a better life and a better future for your loved ones. An even higher purpose is to be able to make a difference in the lives of others in your community.
If you want to change your life, it crucial to have a clear goal and a defined purpose. Otherwise, you’ll end up getting distracted or frustrated when you get too busy – and you’re more likely to give up on what you’re trying to accomplish.
When you have a defined purpose, you’re more emotionally attached to achieving success.
Busy people usually have more tasks and roadblocks to achieving their goals. If you’re often busy, you have to set a more powerful, more emotionally-charged goal. So that, even when you have a lot of time-pressures down the line, you can still stick to your goals and achieve success.