If You Want to Achieve Your Goals, Knowing the Why is Essential

Why should we set goals?

Jack Krier
4 min readAug 17, 2022


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In today’s world, many people perceive goals as an indispensable part of personal growth.

I will set ambitious goals, plan how to achieve them, and then work toward reaching them.

In general, there is nothing wrong with that. However, goals only work in conjunction with a purpose.

As such, the mental side of achieving goals is critical.

In other words, to improve your life in the long run, you need to know the why of your goals.

Everybody wants money, a top-notch job, a loving partner, and exciting leisure activities. But why?

Over the last three years, I’ve achieved almost all of the goals that I set.

I managed to make a living online, travel the world full-time, and have more memorable experiences than I could ever have imagined.

I would never complain, but there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years:

You can achieve as many goals as you like, but without knowing why you are pursuing something, you won’t feel satisfied.

In this context, three precise questions helped me understand why I was setting particular goals and whether it was worth it.

Here are these three questions.

Why do you set goals in general?

The first essential question to ask yourself is why you are setting goals at all.

In our current self-improvement craze, many people believe they have to set goals just to be an integrated member of society.

In other words, you have to write down ambitious targets because “it’s what people do.”

My coworker has a fancy goal-setting sheet in their office. I should get one too.

Peer pressure is a primary factor, but it shouldn’t push you into personal growth projects. Because goal setting only works if you’re convinced about your journey.

For example, goal setting can be a self-discipline booster. People struggle with…



Jack Krier

Writer. Photographer. Nomad. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth | All of my links: https://linktr.ee/jackroaming