Life goals are actionable plans for an individual's future. These are ideally process goals that describe what you will do as opposed to end-goals that describe what you will achieve. It is fine for life goals to be overly ambitious as long as they serve to get you moving in a positive direction, they can be helpful even if you never fully achieve them. Life goals can be rewritten on a regular basis and are only useful where they change your behavior. The following are illustrative examples of a life goal.
ExerciseBicycle to work when it's not raining too hard.
DietStop consuming sugary foods and beverages.
HealthPrioritize sleep by going to bed before 12 each night.
ExperiencesGo to a few concerts.
LifestyleTake salsa dancing lessons and meet new people.
FriendshipKeep in touch with old friends.
FamilyVisit parents at least once a month.
ProfessionalDeliver more value than anyone on the team each week to eventually become an obvious candidate for advancement.
CareerBuild relationships with the sales team and pitch myself as a salesperson. End-goal: transfer to sales team, increase annual income by at least 2x.
ReliabilityArrive to work 10 minutes early each day to avoid being late.
ResponsibilityTake over more household choirs.
ParentingHelp kids to improve their language skills by reading with them and encouraging them to write.
Spending & SavingOnly make purchases on ecommerce on the first few days of the month and set a budget before I buy.
Income & RevenueAggressively join new projects to end up with overtime pay and a good bonus.
ConsumerismPurchase a new computer that is much faster and more stable.
FashionMake an effort to dress better.
AppearanceTry wearing a beard in November.
TravelVisit Europe this year.
SportsGet out surfing this summer almost every weekend.
AdventureGo sailing this year to explore new places.
AltruismVolunteer at a local after-school program to help out.
ReadingRead at least one book each week.
EducationStart studying for final exams the week after midterms so that I'm not swamped at the end like last year.
LearningLearn to code in a new programming language this month.
LanguageWatch French movies and television every day to improve my comprehension.
CreativityProduce a major painting each month this year.
BusinessImprove our menu with new items that become popular. End goal: rating improvement to 4/5, revenue increase of 20% a month.
SocialParticipate in more events and lunches at work to get to know more people.
EventsConnect with more local people who are into sailing by attending annual sailing events and competitions in the area.
TransportationSwitch to an electric car to reduce my contributions to local air pollution.
ProductivityImprove my toolset and work habits to finish designs in hours instead of days.
Time ManagementStop checking the news while I'm working as it's distracting and inefficient.
Breaking HabitsStop snacking when I'm not even hungry.
Establishing HabitsCook a real dinner each night as opposed to microwaved convenience items.
Time BoxingStrictly no more than an hour of video games a night.
Work-EthicTake the time to thoroughly prepare for all meetings.
MusicTake the time to find new music I enjoy each week.
Risk Taking Take more creative risks with our next music video.
Risk ManagementImprove the emergency equipment on the boat and start wearing a life jacket when we go out.
OrganizationReview all my financial transactions each month to better understand my spending patterns.
Home ImprovementBuild a home office in the garden to improve my working conditions with more light and nature.
IntrospectionThink about my behavior at the end of each day to identify things I could have done better.
Self-DisciplineDevelop the ability to study for more than an hour at a time without any distraction or loss of concentration.
KindnessTry to show more interest when my older neighbors engage me in conversation.
LikabilityTry to see the positives in everyone, even if I find them difficult or unappealing.
TalentsFind opportunities to take photos each day to develop as a photographer.
Public SpeakingOvercome my fear of public speaking by giving more presentations and finding more opportunities to speak.
ReputationImprove my reputation by disengaging from endless trivial debate in social media and focusing on my real life.
FameCollaborate with more up-and-coming artists to produce more music that gets noticed.
PersonalityTry to be more patient with people.
ThinkingTry not to make assumptions about people based on their appearance.
Personal ResilienceEngage more in office politics to increase my resilience to stress.
GratitudeTry to think of some things that I am grateful for at the end of each day.
ConfidenceLearn to stop comparing myself to others so much.
HumorTry to see the humor in misfortune to avoid negative emotions such as anger.
PlayTake more time to play with my kids each day.
FreedomSave money and take a gap-year two years from now.
Quality of LifeMove to an apartment with better air quality further from a highway, port or industrial site.
People & PlanetPush my local representative for laws and policies that will reduce pollution in a meaningful way.
NotesRemaining silent about life goals may increase the chance that you will actually achieve them as communicating goals can be a form of virtue signaling that boosts your ego but decreases motivation to actually achieve the goal.
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