Success Guide -
Lifetime Goals: The Starting Point
Lifetime goals: This section explains how to set personal goals. It
starts with your lifetime goals, and then works through a series of
lower level plans culminating in a daily to-do list.
By setting up this structure of plans you can break
even the biggest life goal down into a number of small tasks that
you need to do each day to reach the lifetime goals.
The first step in setting personal goals is to
consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime, as setting lifetime
goals that gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other
aspects of your decision making process.
To help give you a broad, and balanced coverage
of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some or
all of the following categories:
Artistic: Do you want to achieve any artistic goals?
If so, what is it? Do you want to write a book; paint a masterpiece,
or write a song?
Attitude: Does your own mindset hold you back from making
progress? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets
you for example, do you talk too much? If so, set a goal to improve
your behavior or find a solution to the problem.
Career: What level do you want to reach in your career?
Is it your goal to be the boss or own your own company someday,
or do you want to be the president of someone elses company?
Education: Is there any knowledge you want to acquire
in particular or some area of study that you would like to pursue?
What information and skills will you need to achieve these goals?
Family: Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you
going to be a good parent? How do you want your partner or family
members to see you?
Financial: How much do you want to earn by what age in
your life? What can you do to make that come about?
Physical: Are there any athletic goals you want to achieve,
or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you
going to take to achieve this?
Pleasure: How do you want to enjoy yourself? You should
ensure that some of your life is geared toward making yourself
happy for no reason other than being happy
Service: Do you want to make the world a better place
by your existence? If so, how?
Once you have decided your lifetime goals in these
categories, you have to assign a priority to them if you want to
Then review the lifetime goals and re-prioritize
until you are satisfied that they reflect the shape of the life
that you want to lead.
Also, you should ensure that the goals that you
have set are the goals that you want to achieve, and not what your
parents, spouse, family, or employers want them to be.
Success only happens when you are working for your
own well being because doing it for others will ensure that you
sabotage your own success.
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