Workplace Wellness

by Liggy Webb

Goal setting

Your brain behaves like a goal-seeking mechanism, similar to a precision-guided missile. As missiles fly, they continually make small adjustments and corrections to their trajectories to realign themselves to their target. We work better and feel better when our brain is fully engaged in going after clear targets. When you set goals, you define what you want more efficiently, with more focus, which in turn has been proven to get results. This helps to improve your confidence, contributing to your overall wellbeing status and satisfaction levels.

If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

Seneca

Setting and achieving goals also helps improve your performance at work, at home, in your social life or wherever you choose to use it. Goal setting is a life skill that can enhance wellbeing.

At the end of each busy day, some people may find that although they feel that they have spent the whole day working hard, they have not really accomplished as much as they would like to. Why is that? Most likely, the answer is related to goal setting. You can work hard, be busy, but if you do not set goals you are likely to find you are not getting any meaningful results. This can least to frustration, stress and fatigue, all of which negatively impact wellness.

The key benefits of setting goals

Clarity

Setting goals requires you to develop clarity. This is the first and most important step to creating a life that you love and want.

Focus

You will develop a stronger focus: whatever you focus on, you get more of. If you have clear goals and focus on them, you will get more of what you do want (your goals) and less of what you don’t want.

Efficiency

When you get clear about where you want to go, you set up steps and actions to get there. This increases your efficiency because you are working on what is really important. When you work on what’s important, you will accomplish more than you ever expected.

Dreams

You will get what you really want in life, rather than settling for ‘whatever comes you way’.

Increased self confidence

Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.

Aristotle

As you set and reach goals, you become more confident in your ability to do what you say and get what you want in life. Success breeds more success.

Results

Only three per cent of people have proper written goals although, according to research, these people accomplish 80 per cent more than those who don’t. That’s an astounding difference, isn’t it?

To learn how set your own goals or help your staff set their own goals, see the topic Goal Setting.