How do you set a meaningful life goal?
Here is what to do
Have you ever asked yourself what can you do to set a meaningful goals?
Or you might be wondering what is a meaningful goal anyway?
When I searched on google I couldn’t find the proper answer but here is my definition
The answer will vary from person to person but basically, a meaningful goal is to have a goal that aligns with your intention for where you’re in life.
In short, it’s the types of goals that will add more value and experiences in your life.
So from here, we can understand how to set meaningful goals in life.
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- How do you set a meaningful life goal?
- Step 1: Identify Your Goals
- Step 2: The Reason Why
- What should my goals be?
- What my goals should be?
- Career Goals
- Family Goals
- Health Goals
- How do you make a goal list?
- 1- The old way
- How to Set Meaningful Goals in Life Without Feeling Overwhelmed
Just 2 easy steps.
Step 1: Identify Your Goals
Don’t go with the crowd just because more people set such goals, you need to do the same.
This defeats the purpose of having a meaningful goals.
First find where you’re lacking in life, is it your financial life? Your personal life? Career, ect.
Only after that you can go ahead and start with second step.
Here is an example of a meaningful goal:
I care about my mental health a lot so a meaningful goals for me would be:
- Reading self help books
- Walk in nature
- Do yoga
Again this should be based on what you value the most.
Step 2: The Reason Why
Like anything in life you dont want to do anything for just the sake of it.
For goals this shouldn’t be an expectation.
After you identify your goals, try to ask yourself this question: Why do I want XYZ?
And here is a fun way to get the most out of this question.
After you come up with an answer keep asking yourself why after each answer until you can no longer come up with one, usually the last answer is the real reason behind this goal you choosed.
Here is an example to explain this further:
(I’ll go with my example of mental health choosing meditation)
Why do I want to meditidate?
Because I want to feel more peace? Why?
Because feeling peace is priceless? Why?
Because if I can’t be in peace inside of me, I can’t be in peace with the others.
There! That’s the real reason behind choosing to meditate and it’s to a bond relationship with myself and others.
This is crucial and will help you when you have a setback.
Now let’s talk about the next question, which is
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What should my goals be?
There are different questions to consider when you set goals in life.
What do I value most?
Do you value family, relationships, friends, freedom?
All these things will determine how you list goals for yourself.
What Do I want to accomplish in 5-10 years?
You might don’t have the answer for yourself yet but, you can always change your answer later.
Based on the first 2 questions, ask this?
What my goals should be?
Now answering this question can come up easily but if it doesnt, dont rush it.
Here are 100 life goals ideas to consider:
- Travel twice per year
- Work on self improvement
- Develop my existing skills
- Read 2 books in a month
- learn new skills
- Have a fulfilling relationship
- Go on date once per week
- Share one activity together
- Travel to different countries with partner
- Go to a couple therapist every 6 month
- Up level my work experience
- Work on different skill
- Plan my tasks one week a head
- Determine if I want to work from home or in office
- Improve my relationship with coworkers
- Work on mindset around work enerviorment
- Have a dinner once per week
- Go on road trip o celebrate per year
- Plan on activity with family once a month
- Call regularly for check ups
- Avoid arguments as soon as they arrive
- Reduce meat intake 3 times per week
- Do meal prep once a week
- Go on a restaurant every 2 weeks
- Find a suitable workout
- Plan my workouts in advance
For the rest of the list of 100 life goals ideas check em here.
See what I did there? That’s a SMART goals
Let’s move on to the last question which is what you’re here for.
How do you make a goal list?
This is the step that will guarantee you accomplishing your goals, along with other factors such as focus and self discipline.
Related: How to focus and achieve your goals
So how do you make a goal list?
Now you know what should your goals be, this step is easier.
There are 3 ways to make a goal list for yourself
1- The old way
Divide your goals by categories
- Personal development
Then add your goals under each category where it fits the most.
Examples of a goal list:
- Personal development
- Reading a book once a month
- Traveling twice a year
- Develop new skills
You would list all your goals in the same way for each category.
You don’t need to do for each category if it’s not in your interest.
2- The modern way
A other way to make a goal list is by notion.
If you don’t know what notion is, it’s a platform where you can put everything from scheduling to tracking your financial habits.
I like to use it for goal list.
First you make a table
Then add your category across the table
List your goals under each category
And you’re done.
3- The trending way
I’m sure you’re aware there are about 1M goal setting planners out there claiming to accomplish your goals.
While there is nothing wrong with them, each planner will help you in a different way.
I wrote a post on different types of goal planner for every goal.
But to keep this short here are, what you should be looking for to make a goal list.
1- Planner that related to the goals you want
If your goal is to improve your financial situation then getting a financial planner will help you tremendously as well as a budget planner.
2- Career Planner
Same as a financial planner but it focuses on career goals if that is one of your goals.
Check this one out.
3- Life planner
This what it sounds like, while it may be generic but you’ll be able to set different goals in your life.
Here is one life planner that I use.
It might sound easier the idea to set goals for yourself but the things that come along with it will determine your success.
Now that you know what your goals should be, it’s time to check 20 tips to achieve your goals.
Check out these articles on life goals ideas:
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