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Understanding the different types of goals to make can help you achieve balance and success. We will look at all 7 ways in this post.
Everyone understands that goals are important for growth and success, but there are still relatively few people that actually set goals regularly and commit to them.
A lot of that is because they don’t know where to start or how to break down their goals.
Part of the challenge is not understanding the main categories of goals. There are several areas of our lives that have a huge impact on the rest on our day to day life.
It’s important to have suitable goals in each of these areas to have a fulfilling life. And It’s really easy to figure out these goals once you see what needs to be adjusted.
Before we get into the different types of goals let look at an important factor….”Time”
Long-term Goals & Short-Term Goals
- We often make the mistake of only setting short-term goals to get out of the discomfort we’re currently feeling or out of fear. Example: We might need an extra $500 this month or to lose 15 pounds fast. We make a quick goal to get it done. This is not technically bad but it won’t change the way you do life.
- Ideally, short-term goals help to move us toward long-term goals. Pursuing an objective set far into the future gives you drive for change.
- Short-term goals are the steps we need to take to achieve big long term goals.
Let’s now dive into the types of goals we need to develop to see life changes. These are in mixed order, so don’t think one type is more crucial than another.
7 Different Types of Goals
If you have ever dealt with health issues you know this is a BIG deal. Most people that set goals fail to include a health goal of some sort. Even if you are the picture of health it’s good to evaluate your lifestyle and see where you can make some adjustments. Examples below:
- Dietary Changes
- Exercise regimen
- Advice from your doctor
- Weight loss or Weight Gain
- Improve Symptoms
Self-Development & Spiritual Growth Goals
We’re happiest when we’re growing. It’s disappointing to take a hard look at yourself and realize that you haven’t changed significantly in a while. We feel proud of ourselves when we become more developed and capable. There are a variety of ways to do this.
- Take a course or class. This can be at your local college, church, online etc…
- Take up a new hobby. I personally love using Skillshare
- Learn an instrument.
- Learn a language.
- Read More
Fun & Recreation Goals
Down deep, we all admire those people that visit the pyramids of Egypt, try whitewater rafting, or go on a mission trip to Africa.
Taking part in adventurous activities can make life feel fresh and exciting.
Each person has their own idea of what constitutes as fun and recreation. To one person, it might be skydiving, but to another, it might be spending a long weekend with family in a cabin.
It also doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. A simple goal like, “Once a month I will go to the movies with a friend.” Even though that doesn’t sound like grandiose it’s fun! And can be the very thing you need in your life.
Most people spend 40+ hours each week at a job of some sort. It’s a huge part of our waking hours. When you include getting ready for work, driving there and back, and all the time you spend outside of work thinking about work, it’s a lot of hours.
If you don’t have any goals regarding the direction of your career, you’re much less likely to be satisfied with your career growth.
This can look like creating goals within your current job or creating goals for a change in career.
Financial issues are a major source of stress. Let’s be real this is hardly news to most of us. Financial stability opens up opportunities and can also free up a lot of time.
It’s important to have clear goals set for your finances, whether it’s growing your savings or building up your credit.
Physical Environment Goals
This is by far the one people always forget about when they think of setting goals. But let me tell you…if this area of life is hurting it can be miserable.
So, what do I mean by physical environment? It’s the place you live, work, and do you.
Do you like your house? your room? your office? your car?
Do you feel productive in those places or drained?
Is your office so cluttered that you can’t focus on? Or is your work environment hostile?
These are important questions to ask yourself when thinking of goals.
Your love life, family, and friends play a vital role in your life. And it’s very health set goals towards making them healthy and strong.
A lot of times we think relationships should just be natural and go with the flow. But the truth is that relationships need to be nurtured and fed. That can go down the drain if we are not intentional and proactive towards them.
Setting up goals to strengthen your relationships is a fantastic way to enrich your life. At the end of the day what really matters are those who are close to you.
Goal Setting Wheel
I hope these types of goals have helped you to break down how you can write out your long term goals. If it’s still a little unclear or if you are like me and LOVE goal tools. Then check out my FREE goal setting wheel.
Yes…wheel! It’s a super handy way to check all these areas we talked about and find out where is the most important areas to make goals.
I personally fill one of these out every year! You can learn more about it from my post here: THIS YEAR CRUSH YOUR GOALS: TIPS & TRICKS
Brain Tracey also has some great stuff on goals. Check him out as well!
So, how many goals do you have? Do you have the seven main types of goals covered? Consider what’s most important to you and ensure that you have a goal that addresses it.
Most successful people have unbalanced lives because they put too much attention on one area and neglect others. Learn from this by maintaining balance and you’ll experience such awesome results in all the areas of your life.
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