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90 Examples of Personal Goals

 , October 28, 2018 updated on June 27, 2023
Personal goals are things that you want to do with your life. There are three types of personal goals. The first is an end-goal that is something you want to eventually achieve. The second is an objective that is a specific action you can take to achieve end-goals. The third is an intention for how you will live in each moment. The following are examples of personal goals that include all three types.
Live abroad.
Travel somewhere.
Change your career.
Pursue education.
Get a promotion at work.
Earn a large bonus or commission.
Physical fitness goals such as running a marathon.
Make friends.
Sustain friendships and keep in touch.
Save money.
Buy a home.
Reduce spending
Learn a language.
Immerse yourself in a culture.
Go to concerts and events.
Organize events such as parties.
Pursue a hobby.
Master a talent.
Learn a musical instrument.
Compose or perform music.
Participate in a festival or cultural event.
Volunteer in your community.
Discover spiritual pursuits such as meditation.
Learn to cook new dishes and cuisines.
Prioritize family meals and quality time.
Establish yourself in a profession.
Start a business.
Do more with less time at work.
Network and build relationships.
Gain public speaking experience.
Create art.
Craft something.
Start a diy project.
Acquire or improve a skill.
Complete a home renovation project.
Take less risks.
Take more calculated risks.
Shake up your routine.
Discontinue a bad habit.
Start a family.
Join a sports team.
Reflect on each day.
Become more disciplined.
Live a cultured life.
Improve your lifestyle.
Pursue epic experience.
Develop a character trait such as confidence.
Take up a martial art.
Pursue professional accomplishment.
Earn respect in your profession.
Pursue wealth.
Earn awards and recognition.
Pursue fame and social status.
Adopt a pet.
Start a garden.
Pursue self-sufficiency and simple living.
Develop thinking skills such as creative thinking.
Improve your performance in a sport.
Solve a problem.
Make a decision.
Generally make better decisions.
Retain a sense of playfulness and adventure.
Do good.
Be the bigger person in arguments and conflict.
Be kind even when it’s difficult.
Pursue your sense of style.
Pursue your sense of humor.
Be honest and candid without being hurtful.
Be yourself even if it means not fitting in.
Stop trying to impress others.
Live with authentic purpose.
Stop living in the past.
Stop thinking in negative ways.
Write a journal.
Read more.
Change something at work.
Change something in your community.
Practice forgiveness, gratitude and humility.
Try to see others in a positive light.
Take time for important leisure such as listening to music.
Spend time in nature.
Live each season in a different way.
Pay attention to each moment.
Live with a sense of humor.
Recover quickly from failure and disappointment.
Forge grit and determination in yourself.
Be more friendly and open to people.
Try to be less quick to judge others.
Try to enjoy the journey including things that you perceive as being problems.
Focus on what you can control and don’t sweat anything that’s beyond your control.

Actionable Goals

Perhaps the most useful type of personal goal is a goal that is immediately actionable. The following are illustrative examples of actionable goals.

Productivity

Get more sleep to improve focus and concentration during the day to get more done.

Time Management

Work without any distractions in periods of at least an hour of length.

Communication

Improve my pitches to clients using storytelling and visual communication techniques to increase my win-rate to 60%.

Networking

Attend at least 3 investment banking conferences to connect with old and new faces in the industry to grow and maintain my professional network.

Decision Making

Read at least 5 architecture and 5 medicine related books this summer to build a knowledge of these professional areas before deciding on university applications in the fall.

Practice

Improve my calculus scores by getting a tutor and doing a large number of increasingly difficult practice problems.

Training

Complete information security training to improve my knowledge of core security concepts.

Professional Skills

Learn how to apply reference class forecasting to improve the quality of project estimates.

Language

Drill Italian vocabulary on my morning and evening commute to improve my listening and reading comprehension scores.

Technical Skills

Self-learn basic linux administration by installing linux at home and configuring it to maximize my productivity.

Responsibilities

Manage a few small projects to gain project management skills and experience.

Management

Communicate more effectively to set expectations for performance with team members. Where expectations aren't met communicate this clearly in a constructive way.

Visibility

Prepare for meetings to develop useful contributions. Speak up more in meetings to pitch ideas and support the ideas of others.

Work Quality

Improve the quality of my deliverables by carefully reviewing and editing each document before sending it out.

Customer Service

Deliver superior customer experience by being sympathetic to customers who are emotional or perhaps even angry to be a calming force that solves their problems and makes them feel better.

Leadership

Take the initiative to solve process problems by coordinating improvements across departments.

Public Speaking

Give at least 3 presentations this quarter and record these sessions. Review these recordings and participant feedback to improve with each successive talk.

Knowledge of Results

Engage local trucking companies to ask them to switch to environmentally friendly technologies and practices. Regularly follow up and track the results achieved.

Knowledge of Performance

Ask my instructors and peers to critique my performances from video.

Problem Solving

Work to discover and resolve the root cause of customer problems as opposed to addressing the symptoms or suggesting only temporary fixes.

Diligence

Follow up with customers a week after their purchase to see if they have any questions or concerns.

Change

Push brave ideas for change to lead in my profession as opposed to blindly following the crowd.

Reputation

Show restraint, civility and good taste when posting in social media to avoid damaging my reputation.

Personal Resilience

Learn to care less about what people are thinking and saying. Instead focus on my performance and behavior and let opinions form as they will.

Financial

Invest more conservatively and less actively to stop losing money to fees and emotional trades.

Self Direction

Push for assignments at work that will help me to develop. Push against high risk, repetitive and pointless action items that are a waste of my efforts.

Self-Awareness

Spend quiet time alone at least once a week. Avoid obsessing over problems and opportunities during this time and let my thoughts flow in new directions.

Attention to Detail

Begin tracking where my monthly spending goes to identify waste.

Creativity

Stop developing assumptions and constraints too early to allow for more farfetched ideas to surface and be validated.

Experiments

Experiment with asymmetric designs to try to achieve visual balance without symmetry.

Family & Friendship

Be more humble amongst friends and family and try to build up others before myself.

Physical Fitness

Do something physical such as going to the gym or talking a walk every day.

Health

Lose weight by eating slightly smaller portions and avoiding junk food altogether.

Culture

Participate in a festival this summer to be more engaged in the local culture.

Community

Join a sailing club this Spring to meet more people outside work and gain broader links to the community.

Quality of Life

Move closer to work to reduce my commuting time.

Notes

Actionable goals are changes that you can implement now or soon. End-goals are desired results. Generally speaking, end-goals such as "get into a good university" are easy to identify and seldom change. As such, goal planning is mostly focused on actionable goals such as "study without distraction in one hour periods" that represent meaningful steps towards end-goals.
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