I hit a major milestone last week. I finished the first draft of my novel, Songcrafter! This was a big goal of mine for this year, and while I still have a lot of work to do to get it ready for publication, I am feeling quite happy.
Setting and achieving goals is important. It can boost your confidence, improve your mood and increase your self-discipline. All of these are vital to good mental health.
Boost Your Confidence
I am riding high right now, having accomplished this major goal. My confidence is not that great at the best of times, but right now I feel as if I can do anything I put my mind to. Tackling a tough goal and overcoming it is one of the best confidence boosters I can imagine. Click To Tweet
Improve Your Mood
We have lots of reasons for low moods, from trouble at work to clinical depression. Something about accomplishing one of your goals seems to trigger that endorphin release that is needed to elevate your mood. Even if you are feeling depressed, it can lift your mood and give you something to smile about.
Self-discipline is vital to a successful life, not just at work but in your everyday life as well. Without a goal, it is easy to drift through your day accomplishing very little. When you have a goal to work towards, it motivates your day, keeps you moving forward and gives you focus. It also helps build the self-discipline you need to succeed in the rest of your life.
Goals vs. Dreams
Goals and dreams are not the same thing. Click To TweetDreams inform your goals, but they are far off and ephemeral. Goals have an action plan. If you don’t have an action plan, you don’t have a goal. By taking a dream and breaking it down into actionable steps, you move forward and achieve it. It is in the achievement that you find the benefits.
What goals do you have? Do you have an action plan to reach them? If you are having trouble turning your dreams into actions, I’d be happy to help you break it down. Everyone should have the chance to feel the thrill of achieving their goals. Leave me a note and let me know what you are working on.
Originally posted 2016-05-13 11:17:24.