Why long-term goals are important

Hallo my friend,

how are you? Today I want you to tell something about long-term goals. I already wrote an article about how to set yourself the perfect goal. In this article, I will show you what a long-term goal is and why it is important that you have at least one. Are you ready? Then let’s start.

Long-term goals

At first, I want to show you my definition of a long-term goal. The time frame can go from 10 years to over 20 years. This goal can be anything. From career and wealth to relationships and family. I’m sure you already may have plans for some things. Maybe you want to know if you want to have a family or kids or whether you want to drive a Ferrari.

The important thing is that you need to be sure about your goal and believe in it. There are plenty of young people who don’t have an idea whether they want to have a family or not and this is okay. But once you have a goal you can start working on it.

Having such a goal can be real mind shifting. All the next steps you do will be just further steps towards your goal. This effects career questions as well as relationship questions. And you will find answers faster because your inner compass knows where you want to go.

The inner compass

To show you why a compass is important I want to tell you a short story. Imagine you have a plane crash on an island and by wonder, you and some other people survive this accident. All you know is that there is a small village somewhere in the south and luckily the compass of the plane survived.

So you and the group decide to start walking towards the south direction. After three days of walking, you reach the village and you’ll be rescued. So what should you take from this story?

Do you think that you would have kept walking for three days without a compass? I’m sure after the first day you would have stopped and maybe walked in the wrong direction.

If you know, where you want to go you can reach your destination step by step. Because you have a compass pointing in the right direction.

Eating an elephant

Know, that you know why it is important why to have a long-term goal I want to tell you how to reach your goal. I once heard the following sentence from a friend and I really like it

How to reach a goal? Ask yourself how do you eat an elephant?

When he asked me this question I was confused. I said: “I don’t know”. His answer really surprised me: “You’re thinking to difficult. If you want to eat an elephant you eat it step by step until there is no piece left.”

And that is exactly the same when you want to achieve your goal. You have to start and work piece by piece until you reached your goal. Maybe it is hard to see all the necessary steps in order to reach your goal. You need to find some milestones in between you can reach more easily. Once you reached a milestone you can have a look at your compass and search for the next step.

So step by step you will work towards your goal until your dream becomes your reality.


I hope I was able to motivate you to set yourself some long-term goals. Write them down and look at them every day, this will help you to focus on the right tasks.

What are your long-term goals? What do you want to achieve in the next 10 years? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

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