More often than not, setting a goal helps us achieve our target within a reasonable time frame. We can say that our day, week, month, year and maybe even our life is made up of setting and achieving goals. Having goals helps us stay motivated and committed towards what we want to achieve but it also a form of encouragement to stay focused when we are not feeling at our best. Without goals we might feel that all our hard work is not resulting in anything fruitful and that might lead us to feel lost at times.
Goal setting is used in many areas of our life and training is definitely one of them. Some people set goals on physical looks, others on certain numbers they want to achieve in specific lifts, some for an event they want to finish such as an ironman or tough mudder and many on improving their way of living. The point is that goal setting usually makes the process easier, more enjoyable and satisfactory.
A great way of setting goals is using S.M.A.R.T. goals system which implements structure and evaluation for your short term or long term goals.
In summary, goals make us more efficient, hardworking beings as well as aware of what we want to achieve in the next week or the next year. Goals helps us choose the right path and make better decisions to get to our end point in the best way possible. Do make sure then, that you make challenging but realistic short term and long term goals in all aspects of your life!