Lifetime Goals - Creating your vision

Do you ever feel like you are running in circles, just drifting along, or spending the only life you have on things that simply don't matter? You’re tried to do change but things always have a habit of slipping back to the way they were before?

Well the good news is you aren’t alone; there is a huge body of research showing there is a clear correlation between overall success and the ability to set crystal-clear goals, but despite this only 5% of the population set and any kind of goals.

When you set specific goals, you target future accomplishments with precision and clarity. The first step in getting anything you want is to specify exactly what that "anything" is.

Clarity and precision are critical because fuzzy, poorly defined goals give you nothing specific to aim at. And small, individual goals fail to have the power to ignite your passion, or to inspire others to follow your vision. On the other hand, you are most productive when you're attacking a huge vision, aiming at specific, mission-based goals with the diligence and follow-through they deserve.

We start this process with your Lifetime Goals, and work down to the things you can do today to start moving towards them.

1. Start by searching your heart and mind for the personal attributes, qualities or emotions like love, contribution, integrity or freedom that mean the most to you. These are the core values that will bring you the greatest satisfaction in return for a life well lived.
2. Now, write a succinct, personal mission statement that promises who you'll be and what you'll do to live these values all the time.
3. Next, create an ideal vision for each of your major interests and for each of the roles you play in life. A vision is a highly-compelling, mental image of an ideal outcome. By examining these visions closely, you can identify concrete objectives and specific goals to help you realize them.

This is the big picture of how you want your life to be, your vision, your mission for your life.

To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, here are some of the roles you may play or important areas you might want to consider:

• Artistic: Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? If so, what?
• Attitude: Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? If so, set a goal to improve your behaviour or find a solution to the problem.
• Career: What job do you really want to be doing? What level do you want to reach in your career?
• Education: Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to achieve other goals?
• Family: Do you want to get married? Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent?
• Financial: How much do you want to earn and by what stage?
• 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 for you!
• Public Service: Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?

Spend some time brainstorming and exploring these, and then select one goal in each category that is important to you and best reflects what you want to do. Then consider trimming again so that you have a small number of really significant goals on which you can focus.

As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want (if you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants, however make sure you also remain true to yourself!)

Once you’ve decided on your lifetime goals spend some time creating a really clear picture in your mind of these goals, imagine what it will feel like to achieved them, the more senses, details, and the more real you can make this vision the more power it will have and the easier it will be for you to turn it into reality. Then move on to our next article: Turning your vision into an achievable plan


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