“What are your life goals?” is one of those questions that can put people in an uncomfortable position pretty quickly. Most answer this question by laughing it off and responding with something like “eating pizza with no pants on while watching Netflix – that’s what I really want.”
The thing is, nobody wants to take the time to write down their life goals. People live busy lives, and when they do have the time, they’d rather kick it in front of the TV or lay on the couch playing with their phones.
From personal experience – take the time, it makes a world of difference.What exactly are life goals? Simply put, they’re the things you would like to accomplish in your life. Life goals are the big things to work for and accomplish such as getting married and having a family, starting your own business, becoming a big-time executive, or traveling the globe. Life goals are essentially everything you want to do in life before passing on. They’re the stuff people remember you by when you are no longer around.
Why are goals so important? Setting goals gives you purpose, and they help you to guide your life. Think of life goals as your North Star. They’ll guide you where you want to go, but it’s still on you to choose the path to get there.
Now that you’ve got a better understanding of what life goals are, let’s talk about how to set and start working towards them.
Setting life goals in 30 minutes or less
Most people already have a decent idea of what they truly want in life, they just haven’t taken the time to write it down. If that’s you, great. If you have no clue what you want, that’s okay too, I’ll walk you through it.
Even if you’ve already gone through a similar exercise as I’m about to describe, try not to brush off the following activity just yet. Maybe it’s been a while and some of your goals have changed. Maybe there’s a few more things you really want that eluded you before. It may be worth it to go through and rework your plan a bit.
Let’s dive in.
1. Brainstorming your life goals
Find a quiet place to sit and work on this section for 5-10 minutes. If you find yourself hitting a roadblock, try getting up and going for a walk, or perhaps taking a shower. Some of my most inspirational thinking has come from my time spent in the shower.
Think about everything in your life that is really important to you.
Think about the couple of things you’ve really been pondering lately or your biggest struggle in life.
There are plenty of areas of your life you can set life goals in: careers, family, friends, other relationships, schooling, spirituality, traveling, fun, charity, money, health, and many more. These are just some to get your brain churning.
Write down anything and everything that comes to mind – all of the things you’d like to accomplish.