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Part 3: Developing Your List

December 20, 2010

****This is an 8 part series about goals setting, developing goals, and how to achieve them that I will post every Monday in December and most of January. Click here to read part 1 or part 2.

Now you know why creating goals are important and you know what areas you may or may not want to work on but what goals should you set? The short answer is to make goals that will make you happy. The longer answer is that there is no right or wrong goals to set. It is a very personal thing that depends on the person who is making them. Whatever your goals are don’t put them off. Don’t wait for the stars to align, a sign to appear, or when you have more time and money. Let’s face it you will be waiting a long time.

Let’s start with the basics and get some ideas.

First, what are you trying to create a goal for? Is it personal, a bucket list, things you want to get done this week, or all of the above?  As you are thinking about this start to make a list and answer these following questions:

  1. Where do I want to be in 5/10/15 years?
  2. What would I change about myself if I could (physical, habits, mental, etc…)
  3. What strengths do I have?
  4. What makes me happy?
  5. What weaknesses do I want to improve?
  6. What new skills do I want to learn?
  7. What have I done in the past that made me proud or happy?
  8. Where do I see myself in my career in 5 years?
  9. What changes or goals would I like to reach at work?
  10. If I had all the time in the world what would I do?
  11. If I had an endless supply of money what would I do?
  12. What do I want to be remembered for?
  13. What do I enjoy doing with my family?
  14. What would my life look like in a perfect world?
  15. What things do I worry about?
  16. Where would I like to travel?
  17. If I could remove all of my fears or face just one what would I do?
  18. How much time to do allow yourself a week?

Did this start to give you any ideas for goals? As you are thinking don’t worry about specifics right now. We will go more into that next week. Right now we are focusing on your goals, hopes, and dreams. So don’t worry about that goal that seems out of your reach right now. Write it down.

Now let’s go a little further in-depth by grouping together goals. Use some of the ones that you like from what you wrote down from some of the questions above as a jumping point into more possible goals. Try using some of these categories to help.


  1. Are there any aliments that I want work to eliminate or keep under control?
  2. Getting to a healthy weight or being physically fit?
  3. Any fitness routines you want to do? Yoga, dance class, Zumba, Join a gym, Walk everyday, do WiiFit, etc…
  4. Be without pain? Go to a chiropractor, dentist or get acupuncture…
  5. Sleep 8 hours a night?
  6. Drink less?
  7. Start or join a group that encourages each other to work out?
  8. Eat healthier, eat local, go veggie, take more vitamins?


  1. Any strengths that you want to do something with?
  2. Any weakness you want to work on?
  3. Work on handling problems?
  4. Work on being happier?
  5. Anything in your past you want to make amends with or let go of?
  6. Are you content? Do you second guess your self? Want to improve confidence?
  7. What would make you a better person?


  1. Do you want to be more active in your religious community?
  2. Do you have beliefs?
  3. How aligned are your goals and wants to your spiritual beliefs?
  4. Do you want to pray more? Meditate more? Listen more?
  5. What could you do to make your religious community better? Give back more? Donate money, time, take a role of leadership?
  6. Do you want to explore other religions? Visit a temple/mosque/church? Talk to someone of another religion?
  7. What is the meaning of life?


  1. How are your finances?
  2. What do you want to buy? A car, a house, Gucci sunglasses?
  3. Do you want a savings account or to set up a savings for a vacation?
  4. Anything you want to eliminate? Credit cards, debit?
  5. Want to keep track of your money better? Record all transactions? Balance your check book?


  1. What would make you happy at work?
  2. Where do yo want to be in 5 years?
  3. Maybe go back to school or take classes?
  4. How about goals at work? Increase sales? Maintain a higher retention rate? Get onto a special project?
  5. What do you need to succeed?

Hobbies/ Creativity:

  1. Would you like to learn something new? Photography, hiking, baking?
  2. How about starting or joining a group?
  3. What do you do in your free time?
  4. Did you do something that you enjoyed but stopped? Why?
  5. Do you enjoy reading, writing, gardening, traveling, exploring, etc? Why not think of some goals around those activities?


  1. Is there a cause you believe in?
  2. Looking around your community is there any changes you would like to make? Pick up trash, rebuild a playground, teach at a community center?
  3. Could you volunteer at a school, shelter, or at a senior citizens center?
  4. Ever thought about changing a law? Start a petition? Get a proposition put up for the election?
  5. How could you get to know your neighbors better?


  1. Do you want more or some that share a common hobby?
  2. Have you told them what they mean to you?
  3. Do you want to get out more with them?


  1. How’s your love life going?
  2. What do you want to change?
  3. Maybe rekindle a romance?
  4. Set up date nights?
  5. Find someone?

These are just some ideas to get you going. Don’t limit yourself.

Do you have some ideas? It’s okay if you are still thinking. Write them down over the week. However I would love to hear what you came up with!

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