A lot of our blog posts from 2019 have been about goal setting and how important it is to set goals for yourself and stay focused on them. But I want to talk about another aspect of goal setting – sharing your goals with other people. It might not seem like this aspect is really that important, but it can help you stay on track and keep you accountable while you’re striving for what you want.
Sharing your goals can be a little scary and intimidating though. What if you get behind? What if things don’t go as planned? What if you don’t reach your goal? We don’t want people to see all of the mistakes or misfortunes that happen while we’re working towards our goal. We’re afraid that people will judge us or be disappointed in us if things don’t go as planned – so if we don’t tell anybody what our goals are, they won’t know when we get behind.
On the flip side, if we don’t tell anybody what our goals are, we’re not getting the support and encouragement that comes from others who want to see you succeed. Mistakes and setbacks happen, but if you have other people rooting for you, it can really help to keep you motivated to get to where you want to be.
I have a friend from college who is an incredible athlete and an overall great human being. His name is Shawn and he is fearless when it comes to sharing his goals with other people. He sets goals in all parts of his life, from training for the NFL to reading at least one book a month. He posts about his goals and his progress on Snapchat for everyone who follows him to see.
Shawn sets a few important goal setting examples for us: 1.) While sharing his goals with other people, he’s not afraid of judgement, he thrives off of the encouragement and positive energy he gets from the people who follow his goal progression. 2.) Setting goals is important in every aspect in life. Like I mentioned above, he sets goals for physical progress as well as personal growth. We can set goals for literally everything! We’ve talked about how just setting goals for a specific thing can help us get to where we want to be, but I don’t think we always realize that goals can be set anywhere and for anything. 3.) Your goal progression can inspire other people. Sometimes I get jealous of Shawn’s boldness because I’m nervous to post about my goals or tell anyone about them for the reasons listed above. But I am also very encouraged by his posts and it makes me want to tell people about my goals and what I have planned.
Sometimes we think that setting goals aren’t necessary for a certain situation, but the truth is, if we want to get somewhere or something that we don’t already have, setting a goal is relevant. Maybe it’s earning a certain grade in a class, getting ready on time to leave for work in the morning, paying for a new car, playing your sport in college or professionally, getting a research paper done on time – goals can be set for anything! And they will help you get to where you want to be.
A couple of months ago my boss, Dr. Linda, asked each of our team members to write a blog post about our goals for the year. If I’m being honest, I got really anxious about it and I didn’t really want to do it because I was scared of what other people would think if I got behind or failed. However, since I wrote the blog about my goals, I’ve had people (that I didn’t even expect) cheering me on and supporting me in my progress.
Keeping your goals to yourself might be right in your comfort zone, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but just outside of your comfort zone is a whole world of support and encouragement that can help build you up and get you to where you want to be.
Instead of thinking about the people who might judge you, think about all of the people who are rooting for you and want to see you succeed. Telling other people about your goals creates a support system that you wouldn’t have otherwise. You don’t have to put them out there for everyone to see, but telling a few people can make a huge difference in your progression. Dare to share.
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