Setting Personal Goals For Life
Wendy Mason is a Career Coach and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career
I am not convinced that setting detailed personal goals for the whole of your life actually works. We change so much throughout our life experience. But I do think having some ideas about what we want to achieve overall is a good idea – so long as they are subject to regular review.
The first step in setting personal goals is to think about what you would like to achieve in the foreseeable future based an overall perspective of your life.
You need to include all the important areas in your life. Here are some examples;
- Career What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve over say the next one, three and five years?
- Financial How much do you want to earn and by what stage? How does this relate to your career goals?
- Learning What knowledge would you like to acquire for work and outside. What skills and knowledge do you need to achieve your career goals?
- Family Do you want to find a partner and have a family? Is there some work you need to do to improve your relationship or family life?
- Creativity How do you want to express yourself, in work and out? How do you spend your non-work time? Do you want to write a book or be an artist?
- Confidence Do you have the confidence to attain your goals and if not what work are you prepared to develop it?
- Social skills and communication Do you get on well with people and can you talk to them?
- Physical and mental well being Are you eating well, exercising and relaxing? Are your spiritual needs being met? Is there work you need to do here?
- Enjoyment When was the last time you laughed out loud or simply felt the warmth of pleasure in the smile of a child?
- Giving back How would you like to contribute to the well-being of your fellow man or woman and the world in general?
Wendy Mason is a Career Coach and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.