Goals Reduce Stress

goals reduce stressGoals are important as they foster personal development, they increase self-confidence, and they help to keep you focused and on track but did you also know that goals reduce stress in life?

It might seem like the opposite would be truer – that having goals would create more self-induced pressure to perform and achieve, and thus create more stress. However, that is not the case as goals reduce stress by actually giving the mind something solid and concrete to focus on instead of having your mind wallowing around within the unknown and we all know that the unknown is always a huge source of stress.

When you focus on a goal, you are less inclined to be caught up in the trivial matters of life. You know… all of the other stuff that at best can be distracting but is often times stressful as well. Goals reduce stress because they force you to keep your eyes on what matters (such as achieving your goal) as opposed to all the other stuff that doesn’t matter.

Regardless of if your goals are small or are large, your goals are what give you direction in life. The bigger the goal and the longer term the goal is the better defined your life-plan will be which eliminates many “what-ifs” in the process.

The bigger the goal you set for yourself, the more focused, motivated and challenged you will be. Life is not as boring or as stressful if you focus on a large goal, especially if you have taken the time to figure out a goal that is exciting to you and it is something that you are passionate about and believe in.

Not knowing what you want and aimlessly floating your way though life towards “whatever” can be massively stressful, especially if you have no clue what “whatever” may be. However, when you know what you want, have set goals, and you know what you are working towards all of that stress of “other stuff” disappears.

Goals reduce stress and when you set your goals you are not only relieving the stress of the present by making those goals happen but in the end you will be living the life of your dreams, following your passions and your purpose.

Talk about a win-win!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 25 November 2003

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