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Why You Need to Set Goals

What’s up everyone? This is Demetrius, and I’m back with another message. I find that am inspired to write when I’m going about my day and start to tap into my thoughts. I remember taking a college course a couple of years ago that compared having goals to taking a vacation and knowing exactly where you want to go and how you are going to get there. The alternative to this is of course hopping in your car and burning up your gas and hoping for the best. I’m sure you can tell I’m going to be talking about the importance of setting goals today.

Most people spend their whole lives basically on a hamster wheel. They don’t know what they want out of life so they chase after whatever looks cool at the moment. Or they find a short burst of motivation to better their lives but stop working towards it when they are no longer having fun doing so. This person may also wonder if the payoff in the future is worth all of the time he or she is investing in the present tense.

There are many distractions that we can place the blame on. First, we can blame the shows we watch on television. Yes we have “reality” television where the lowest quality people (Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, Housewives of…) get all of the recognition, but there are also shows where being extremely obese and overweight is glorified. I’m not taking shots at people who have legitimate medical conditions that prevents them from losing weight, but I have no sympathy for people who are undisciplined.

We can also look at how we spend our time. I have sources here and here that suggest that the average adult spends between 2 to 3 hours on social media per day. These sources only include platforms such as YouTube, FaceBook, and Instagram. It doesn’t even account for those of us who spend time in front of the television. It should go without saying that this time could be better spent on activities that actually bring value to our lives such as working out, reading a book, or learning a new skill.

I could keep going with this, but the point I want to drive home is that we have more control over our lives than we would like to think. Some people try to deny this because it’s easier to blame others and our circumstances than it is to blame ourselves. Blaming ourselves is painful because we all like to believe that we are high achievers and winning at life. To say contrary is to directly attack our ego, and some people can’t handle that. A better way to view the situation is to understand that we are not where we want to be (whether financially, physically, relationships, etc.) due to us not knowing what we want. This is a freeing mindset to have and allows you to take steps toward becoming who you want to be. I will have a post up later this week about how to set a goal. It will be fitness-oriented, but you can apply the information to achieving any goal because it is the same process. Let me know what you think in the comments. I’m out.

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