Oct 182010
 

Knowing what goals you should set for your life is the first step to achieving them – and being happy! Here are four types of life goals, plus a few goal setting tips.

Before the tips, a quip:

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” ~ Sidney Howard.

Goals require sacrifice and self-discipline – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! The harder you work towards your goal, the more satisfaction you’ll feel when you achieve that goal. If you struggle with motivation and self-discipline, read No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline – it’ll keep you on track.

And, here are four types of life goals to work towards…

What Goals Should You Set for Your Life? 4 Types of Life Goals

Don’t make the mistake of setting goals for all aspects of your life at the same time! You’ll get overwhelmed, and won’t achieve any of them. Instead, pick one set of goals to focus on. When you’re progressing in that area, then work on a different set of goals.

One step at a time, my friends!

Financial goals. These are my favorite type of goals, because I love money. The last financial goal my husband and I set (and achieved) was to pay off our home mortgage. Since then, we sold our house and bought a new one, and our current financial goal is to save $20,000 as an emergency fund. Then, our next financial goal is to pay off the new mortgage within five years (which may be unrealistic – but we’re shooting for the stars!).

10 Tips for Achieving Financial Goals – Beyond “Use Cash” will help you get out of credit card debt, save for a wedding, or pay for your kids’ college education.

Relationship goals. If you’re single, do you want to be married? If you can’t get over a breakup, do you want to let go of someone you love? If you’re married, do you want a healthier, stronger relationship? Or maybe you want to get along better with your family members, deal with toxic relatives, or make more friends and improve your social life. These types of life goals are good because they’ll make you happier and healthier. First, though, you have to be specific and realistic about what relationship goals you want to set and achieve.

What are your relationship goals?

Fitness and weight loss goals. Everyone should set life goals that include physical health, fitness, and/or weight loss! Why? Because how you look and feel directly affects your career, relationships, self-confidence, and energy level. If you need to lose weight, it’s time to set that as a goal for your life. Remember that health and fitness goals aren’t just about losing weight — skinny people can be just as unhealthy as overweight people. The best type of life goals revolve around health and wellness, not size and shape.

That said, however, getting and staying fit feels great! If you need to lose a few pounds, read What is More Important When You Want to Lose Weight – Exercise or Diet?

Career or work goals. Why should you set work goals for your life? Not just to move forward in your career or make more money, but to give yourself a sense of pride, mastery, and achievement. These types of goals — work goals — don’t have to be big or all that impressive. They just have to interest you, and motivate you to succeed. For instance, my career goals include earning $60,000 next year as a blogger. It’s not a huge amount of money, but it’s double what I’m earning now – so it’s big for me!

If you’re not sure what work goals to set, read Career Goal Setting Tips – 5 Steps to Achieving Goals at Work.

What do you think of these types of life goals? What goals should you set for your life? I welcome your thoughts below…

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher always asked me that. And I am happy, despite a hard childhood (schizophrenic mom, no dad, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian. Where do you find peace?

I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion...Laurie

  4 Responses to “What Goals Should You Set for Your Life? 4 Types of Life Goals”

  1. Trish, thank you for your comment! I’m not taking it as criticism at all — I love to hear what goals people set for their lives!

    The life goals you mentioned are so meaningful, and have inspired me to write another blog post about the best type of life goals :-)

  2. Hello,
    Please dont take this as a criticism, but your goals seem very superficial…what about some deeper, fundamental goals, which, when in place, make all these goals that you mentioned possible, much more fulfilling?
    What about goals such as getting to know and develop one’s authentic self? What about a goal to get in touch with the divine and have a daily spiritual practice? What about goals such as giving back to humanity, even if in a very small, but meaningful way? After a lifetime of pusuing outward goals—money, things, posessions, achievements and relationships, I can honestly say that the last half of my life has been spent in self-development and it has made everything I do and achieve much more rich and meaningful. Take a look inside—success is an inside job–no house, relationship or career is going to make you happy unless you truly have a solid and grounded relationship with yourself and that which gives you life.

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  4. Laurie,

    I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing. I totally agree with you about goal overwhelm. It can be really motivating to see everything you want to accomplish, but when it starts to loom over you..it stops being fun.

    Isnt that what we’re here for, the fun?

    Anyways, from personal experience, I’ve found it best to draw a circle and put the different areas you mentioned into different parts of it. If one part of the circle is off, the entire shape is ruined.

    It can help clarify the areas in life that need the most attention. Once again, thanks for sharing your content.

    -Chris