Goal setting is an important task if you want to create the future that you want. Mindfulness is important to your future even while you’re focusing on the present. Mindfulness in the present is what can steer you toward the future that’s meant for you to have.

When you practice mindfulness, what it can do is guide your future by steering your thoughts and emotions toward a course of events that lead you. Through mindfulness, your goals will be where you want to go but will be set in reality and not based on perception.

Mindfulness fights back about perception and this is important because our perceptions don’t tell the truth. You might perceive that you’re a failure based on having made mistakes, but that perception is not reality.

If you didn’t make mistakes, you wouldn’t be human. When you use mindfulness, it can lead you past thoughts and beliefs that can prevent you from having the future that you want.

Often, when we start thinking about the future, we label it with negative thoughts. Things like “Oh, I’d never get that job” or “I don’t have the skills to move forward” and when we do that, we limit ourselves.

It can become cause and effect. Because you think that way, you might not even try. Plus, that negative self talk tears us down and erodes self esteem. Mindfulness shows you how to use the present to steer gently toward the future but does in a way that affirms who you are and what you want.

You can focus on the present by creating goals that be beneficial to your success. These are goals that you give yourself that are within your realm of your ability to accomplish them.

For example, if your goal is to open a restaurant, you would need to know what was involved in running one. You would need to specifically know what steps you’d have to take to make that a reality.

Taking the overall picture and looking at it with a focus on the present can help you. Mindfulness lets you see what goals you have to reach today in order to reach the future you want.

When you practice mindfulness with goal setting, you’ll be kinder to yourself when you hit a bump in the road. Anything that you want out of life that’s worth having will be filled with roadblocks.

It’s just the way that life is. Mindfulness can help you not to berate and blame yourself when your goals don’t go according to plan. Mindfulness can teach you how to keep the slate clean.

If something went wrong yesterday, the present moment is a brand new start. You won’t bring yesterday’s problems into today. You’ll be able to quiet your mind and keep on heading toward your goals.