Your Life Goals
Life goals are literally your life objectives.
They tell you something about how you want to be in life, what you want to achieve, give direction to your life and define what “getting the most out of life” (milestones) means to you.
Defining these goals is important because they explain your behavior, stimulate your happiness and encourage you to use your strengths. They also give you the opportunity to measure your progress.
Those who are ambitious in life never just do anything. Every day we consciously and unconsciously set goals for ourselves, even if it’s just for small things. At the end of the day, you can determine whether it was a good day or a bad day and this has to do with whether or not you met the goals you set for yourself beforehand. People who want to get the most out of their career and their life, don’t just work with these “micro-goals”, but have set life goals for the bigger picture. Everything they do, they do to fulfill these goals.
Two clear reasons to set goals
Whatever your motivation is for setting life goals, you can classify them into two categories: positive reasons and negative reasons. Positive reasons are very powerful. Scientific research has shown that people who set life goals and pursue them ambitiously are happier and more successful. Negative reasons are just as powerful: you don’t want to live in the delusion of the day, you don’t want to be unmotivated, experience imbalance in your life or have financial problems. There are countless negative reasons that contribute to why you do want to fulfill your goals.
How to commit to life goals
To commit to your life’s goals, make the following agreements with yourself:
- You are serious about setting and reaching your goals.
- You promise yourself that you will consistently use the skills learned to help you set and achieve the wonderful success you deserve.
- You agree to be honest with yourself and positive in your outlook.
- You will be true to your values and design your goals around your roles.
- You will set a new goal whenever one is reached.
- You will not blame your upbringing, education, other people, or circumstances when goal setting becomes difficult.
If necessary, you will seek out a coach or mentor to help if you get stuck.
- You will do your best to keep a positive and optimistic outlook, even in the face of adverse events.
- You are willing to gain and maintain the habit of using the simple learned skills to reach your goals of happiness and fulfillment.
- You recognize that to reach your goals, you must grow personally, so you commit to consistently seek to increase your knowledge by reading, listening, and watching motivational and educational material and to taking courses that will give you a positive attitude and a leading edge in learning and applying that knowledge to increase your personal power and the results you get.
- You will keep a list of all these activities and evaluate their usefulness regularly.
- You are excited about the difference this will make as you direct, organize and manage your life toward success.
A few people have remarked that the method described on this website seems like a lot of hassle. Yes, it does take a little thought and care to create a clear and achievable goal.
But if your goal isn’t worth this amount of thought, is it worthwhile going after in the first place?
Doing it this way takes a bit longer and requires more preparation, but it makes reaching your goal a lot easier since the process will focus your mind and motivate you to achieve it.
Having a clear and carefully defined goal significantly increases the odds that you will achieve your goal. This way of defining your outcome changes it from being a pipe dream to being a target.