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Is Goal Setting Really That Important?

Written by Marybeth Welty of Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions

With the new year upon us it is a perfect time to start fresh and to think about what we want to accomplish this year.

We’ve all heard that goal setting is essential to progress in life and to achieve what we want for ourselves. When we set New Year’s resolutions there’s a “joke” that resolutions are more likely to fail than to actually be accomplished.

Why do you think that is?

In this blog I’m going to explain the importance of goal setting and how they can

Is Goal Setting A Waste Of Time?

Have you ever found yourself in a rut and feel like you don't have much direction or motivation at the moment? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I have!

We’ve all been told since elementary school to set a goal, at least one goal for ourselves for the school year. After we are finished with school and out into the "real" world, our goal-setting exercises can easily fall by the wayside.

However, statistically, it is proven that when you set goals and clearly identify them, you are much more likely to achieve them.

In fact, according to this article in Forbes, you are 1.2-1.4 times more likely to achieve

your goals if you have clearly defined them and written them out. To put those numbers into context, you are 20-40% more likely to achieve your goals this way than if you don’t set goals at all, or just keep them in your head!

As Michael Hyatt points out in his book Your Best Year Ever, Doctor Gail Matthews from Dominican University found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and have a clear vision of them.

That’s some pretty good rationale and motivation to define what we want in life and work towards it!

What Gets In The Way?

There are so many things that can get in the way of achieving our goals. Money, time, support, resources, mental blocks - there are so many contributing factors that come into play when we try to set and work towards goals.

What gets in the way for you? I encourage you to be super honest with yourself and analyse the challenges you face in achieving your goals.

Overcome To Achieve

We must overcome our challenges in order to achieve our goals, and no one can achieve our goals for us. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to these things. How can you help yourself when you’ve found yourself struggling to progress on one of your goals?

Marybeth Welty helps women create calm and healthy homes and lives. With over 12 years of experience in organising, interior design, sustainable building, and mindful living, Marybeth is passionate about improving your mental health, your work, your relationships, and supporting the life of your dreams by starting with where you live, your home. You can book a free meeting with her at and connect with her on Instagram at @this_sustainable_lifestyle.

Melanie McConnell is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Mello Spaces. She helps busy professionals and parents get the organized home of their dreams. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram: @mellospaces

Florena Davies is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Organize by Flo. She uses her experience as a wife and mother of 2 to create real life organizational systems and changes for work and home that allow our 2 worlds to co-exist and 'Flo" together. Check out her website at and on instagram @organizebyflo.

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