5 Best Practices for setting Life Goals and getting the most out of life
Life Goals: Get the most out of life and start working on your life goals. If you are not focused right now, or if you are stuck, or if you don’t have a sense of direction in your life, then this article is for you! Crafting life goals, working on your life goals and managing your life goals, maybe the best thing you could do to become more successful in achieving your goals and in having a fulfilled life.
So, what are you waiting for?
Please read on and start crafting your life goals today and furthermore: never stop working on them for the rest of your life.
That’s how important life goals can be for you!
So, please read on:
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What are Life Goals?
Life goals represent the purposes you have in your life as well as the various goals you have. So, life goals are a broad range of goals, missions, and purposes you have in your life.
They might be very specific or more generic.
Life goals might be easy to accomplish or take years of hard work to accomplish.
Life goals maybe in the near future or the far future.
But although you might have a great variety of life goals, there is a unique driving force behind them. Life goals are the things you find very important to accomplish thus reflecting your core values. Life goals are also the things you want to be remembered by when you are gone. Life goals are the things that you dream about when thinking of winning the lottery.
Some people write all their life goals down on one big list, often referred to as “the bucket list.” Others have their life goals somewhere in the back of their mind. In the latter case, the goals are probably less specific because they are not formulated on paper.
Why do you need Life Goals?
Consciously thinking about your life goals will give you a sense of direction in your life. It will give your life more meaning and purpose. Furthermore, thinking about your life goals will give you a broader perspective on your life. It will enable you to connect the dots.
Having life goals will give you focus and enable you to stay focused.
Life goals give you more clarity on what you value and want the most. This will make you more determined in the choices you make every day. Moreover, life goals will open up a sense of resourcefulness, so that you will be more receptive to opportunities, like new ideas, innovative thinking, tools, support systems, and so on.
Stephen Covey has written a book about Principle centered leadership. He speaks about finding your “True North.” If you have a True North in your life, then you have an internal compass you can always use in every situation.
Developing, maintaining and working on your life goals is the best way to develop your True North.
So, whenever you get stuck in life, don’t know what to do or feel lost, you will have your True North in the form of your life goals to guide you through that period of uncertainty.
So, if you want more control over your life, now is the time to set your goals in life. It will channel all your energy towards your True North. It will make you more responsible, more in control and more powerful. And when setting life goals, don’t limit yourself. With regards to life goals, there is no limit. So, follow your wildest dreams and go even beyond that. Become the best possible version of yourself!
But Life Goals are not for me!
Life goals are for everyone!
Anyone can set life goals even when you are a teenager or already retired. It doesn’t matter where you are now in life. It does matter where you want to go.
To set your goals in life adequately, the only thing you have to do is to make sure that your goals are clear. If you have a fuzzy goal, then it is like walking into a fog.
I assume that you want to walk into a bright and shiny future, so set clear goals. This means that you have to be very specific: what will you see, what will you hear, what will you feel, what will you taste, what will you smell and what will you say to yourself when you have achieved a goal?
If you can answer these questions than your goal is clearly defined.
Furthermore, your goals need to have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is just a dream. So, for every life goal you set, make sure to put a deadline on it. This will also encourage you to work on your life goals frequently.
Your goals need to be measurable because how would you otherwise know that you have accomplished them?
Finally, it is also a good practice to organize your goals in life in a list so that you can keep track of them, plan your actions accordingly and review them frequently. If goals are long-term, then you probably might split them into milestones, so that you have the feeling of progress towards your goals along the way.
Best practices for setting Life Goals
There is a process which increases the chance for you to actually achieve your life goals. This process consists of the following steps:
- Step 1: Choose a life area for which you want to set life goals for
- Step 2: Brainstorm about your life goals in the chosen life area
- Step 3: Develop your 11-star life goals in the chosen area
- Step 4: Make your goals in life SMART
- Step 5: Write your life goals down on your bucket list
Repeat this process (steps 1 to 5) for all your life areas to make your bucket list with life goals complete.
I will now describe in detail what you the best practices are for each of the 5 steps:
Realizing your Life Goals quicker
Now that you have your bucket list with life goals for each of the main areas in your life, it is time to realize them.
This does not mean that you forget your bucket list and never will come back to it. No, instead you need to make sure that this bucket list is always somewhere in the back of your head. So, review your list regularly, for example, once per week.
Furthermore, it is wise to break down the large goals on your list in more bite-sized goals.
For example, if one of the things on your bucket list is to write a book, you can break that down in a task of writing at least a 100 words every day. Or 500, or 1000. This is dependent on the time you can plan every day for this activity. Now, you have a task oriented goal which is motivating you and for which you track your progress. And all these little tasks will finally end up in you realizing one of your life goals.
When reviewing your bucket list regularly, new ideas might come to your mind. Write them down! And make sure that they apply the SMART principles.
Your bucket list with life goals is not static. It should evolve with your evolution in life.
Bring Focus to your life using your Life Goals
Now, you have a bucket list with all your life goals.
This is great!
Because now you can start bringing focus to your life.
Review all your life goals and prioritize them. Which of all of these goals are important in the upcoming year? Mark them with a star. These should be the goals you give more attention when you review your list of life goals every week.
Furthermore, you need to make some action plan for these goals. Break them down and work on them at least once every week.
You can draw a progress bar next to your starred goals to visualize how far you are. This will give you inspiration and motivation to come into action and work on your goals.
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Conclusion about life goals
So, having a list of life goals and work on them continuously can bring focus to your life. So, why wait any longer?
Having a set of life goals with give your life more Focus and Meaning.
Give your life more meaning and purpose and above all more focus and start crafting your life goals and working on them!
Over to you
Please leave a comment below by telling us if yo already have a bucket list with life goals or not? And if so, what your experience is with working on your life goals. Does it excites you?
Thank you already in advance for sharing your thoughts and insights!