Not another timely goal setting blog…
1) Studies have shown that setting personal goals over business goals produces better results.
2) Being more specific in your goal setting not only focuses you, it usually means these goals are more meaningful to you as they require more attention to detail than a generalist goal.
3) Setting a goal usually means you’re aiming to achieve something in order to solve an issue in your life. E.g. save $10 000 in 2020 so you can put down that money as part of a house deposit so you’re not homeless / renting forever. By creating certainty, by thinking through uncertain things in your mind, you literally reduce your primary stress hormone called CORTISOL. So by thinking problems through and physically writing things down, you can reduce your own stress, anxiety and negative emotions.
4) Achieving a goal activates your positive emotional system called your ‘incentive-reward system’ which runs on dopamine (“feel good” hormone). As a consequence of activating this system, your negative emotional system (stress, anxiety, etc) is weakened and turned down.
Moral of the story: write down your personal goals for 2020. Be specific and make sure they’re meaningful.