100 Life Goals Examples & How to Set Them
Your dreams take many forms, and often they’re goals that you want to achieve. These goals can become life goals, which are often ways to reach success you’ve always dreamed of. It’s not always easy balancing life goals with other things you want to accomplish, but with enough effort and focus, you can make it happen.
Let’s dive into what life goals are, examples and how you can achieve them.
What Are Life Goals?
Life goals are all the things you want to accomplish in your life. Often your life goals are very meaningful to you and can make a lasting impact on your life. They can be large and challenging goals, or they can be smaller and more personal. It all depends on what you want to achieve.
Why Are Life Goals Important?
Setting life goals can help shape your future. By working hard to accomplish them, they can really help you to find the long-term happiness and success you’ve been seeking. Life goals are important because they can also help you:
- Improve your focus
- Master certain skills
- Overcome procrastination
- Gain a more positive mindset
100 Life Goals Ideas
Life goals come in all shapes and sizes. While your life goals will be personal to you, there are several common life goals many people share. To help you think of your own, here are 100 life goal ideas to consider:
- Become an inspiration to others
- Master a difficult skill
- Become a thought leader in your industry
- Get promoted to an executive role at your company
- Learn about how to become a millionaire
- Go on a trip around the world
- Travel to your dream country
- Double your personal income
- Publish a novel
- Take a motorcycle trip
- Volunteer at a hospital when it’s safe to do so
- Run in a marathon
- Get six-pack abs
- Achieve zero debt
- Invest in the stock market
- Drive or buy your dream car
- See one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- Plan for your retirement
- Graduate from college
- Learn to fluently speak a foreign language
- Meditate daily
- Donate to a charity annually
- Have a long-term relationship
- Climb a mountain
- Learn how to surf
- Master a musical instrument
- Learn how to rock climb
- Live in a foreign country
- Drink enough water everyday
- Give up junk food for a year
- Paint a picture
- Craft something using pottery skills
- Master ballroom dancing
- Compose a song
- Maintain your ideal body weight
- Get paid doing what you’re passionate about
- Find your life partner
- Learn how to prepare healthy meals
- Learn how to lift weights and build muscle
- Regularly call your parents
- Create multiple income sources
- Keep a life journal
- Go deep sea fishing
- Buy your first house
- Build your dream house
- Go skydiving
- Go hang gliding
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Snorkel in the ocean
- Climb on a glacier
- Go whitewater rafting
- See your favorite football team play at their stadium when it’s safe to do so
- Go to the Olympics
- Get a hole-in-one while golfing
- Golf 18 holes under par
- Assemble a collection of your favorite books or artwork
- Run a six-minute mile
- Declutter your home
- Appear on a podcast
- Read two books every month
- Leave a financial inheritance
- Trace your ancestry and visit their country of origin
- Try a vegan diet for a month
- See your favorite musician in concert as often as you can
- Create a new family tradition
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance
- Start an online business
- Celebrate your relationship anniversaries
- Meet an athlete or celebrity you admire
- Practice gratitude everyday
- Start a small business
- See the ball drop in person on New Year’s Eve when it’s safe to do so
- Adopt and care for your dream pet
- Give up drinking soda
- Witness the Northern Lights
- (Safety) Watch a volcano erupt
- Go to Mardi Gras
- Develop a good credit score
- Learn self-defense
- See your doctor and dentist regularly
- Always say “yes” to trying new, positive things
- Learn yoga
- Expand your vocabulary
- Participate in a recreational sports league
- Grow a thriving garden
- Go on a electronics-free camping trip
- Write a movie script or TV episode
- Learn how to sing
- Make your own website
- Become a venture capitalist
- Sponsor a child in need
- Go on a cross-country road trip
- Pay off your student loans sooner than later
- Learn how to code
- Improve your drawing skills
- Give up TV for a week
- Spend a full day at the spa
- Go on a solo vacation
- Throw friends a surprise party
- Learn how to knit or sew
How to Set Your Life Goals
Your life goals are personal to you. By no means do you need to have 100! Instead choose as many as you want to accomplish. Here’s an easy way to set your life goals so you can start working towards achieving them:
- Decide which goal you want to achieve. Don’t be afraid to set multiple life goals at once.
- Write your life goals down. This way you’ll be more likely to remember each one.
- Tell someone about your goals. They may be able to help you complete them!
- Outline steps to complete your life goals. Be sure to map out what needs to be done to consider each goal reached as best you can.
- If you have big and ambitious goals, consider breaking them down into smaller goals to achieve first.
Create SMART Life Goals
Another great way to set your life goals and make a clear path to achieving them is SMART goal setting. SMART is a methodology where you map out a clear path to achieving your goals by using this acronym:
S – Specific: What you want to accomplish, when you want to achieve it and why it’s important.
M – Measurable: How you can measure progress to successfully complete your goal?
A – Achievable: What skills you need to complete your goal and how you can learn these skills?
R – Relevant:The reason why you are setting this goal now and if it aligns with other goals.
T – Time-Sensitive: Your deadline and how realistically you can complete your goal.
By using this acronym, you can ask yourself questions about your goal and how you can reach it. Write out these questions using a worksheet like this and you’ll have a strong blueprint for meeting your life goals head-on. Learn more about SMART goals and how they can help you achieve your dreams.
Work Toward Your Life Goals Today
Now that you have some ideas for life goals and the know-how to set them, it’s time to get started. With enough motivation, focus and hard work, you can make your life-long goals a reality.
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