So now that we’ve covered why goals are important and why you should be setting them, let’s talk about the different types of goals you can set. What happens all too often is that we set one yearly goal, which is great, but then we don’t set any other goals around getting us to that one major goal. We give ourselves the best possible chance to succeed when we have a combination of different goals in place. So let’s talk about the different types of goals as it regards to length of time.
The first are lifetime goals, and these will take anywhere from 5 years to your entire life to achieve. Examples of lifetime goals may include saving $1 million dollars by the time you’re 65, or visiting every country at least once. Lifetime goals will typically be value based goals, but can change as you get older. These goals are about the future life you imagine yourself living.
The next type of goals are long-term goals. These are also referred to as the “work horse” goals, meaning that these are the goals you are working your ass off to achieve. These goals are typically anywhere from 1-5 years, and are the reason that you do the things you do on a daily basis. When you make New Year’s resolutions, you are setting long-term goals. Some examples can be getting a promotion at work, or losing 50 lbs.
The third type of goals are short-term goals, and these are meant to be the bridge between your stepping stone goals (which we will talk about in a minute) and your long-term goals. Let’s use the losing 50 lbs. example from above. If that is my long-term goal, then my short term goal might be to lose 1 lb. every week. Short-term goals are typically a week to a month, and break down a long-term goal into more manageable, smaller goals.
The last type of goals are called stepping stone goals. These are the action steps that allow you to achieve your bigger goals. So using that same example, you want to lose 1 lb. a week, and 50 lbs. over the next year, so you decide to make it a goal that you are going to go to the gym and work out for one hour, 5 days a week. Stepping stone goals allow you to know what you should be doing on a daily basis, giving yourself the best chance to succeed in all the other types of goals. By having all of these goals in place, you make sure that your daily, weekly, and monthly goals are all in alignment with your long-term and lifetime goals.
Now that you are aware of the different length of goals you can set with regards to time, you can now start to apply these goals to the different areas of your life. The different areas we can apply goals to are career, financial, personal development, educational, relationship, and physical health/wellness goals.
Career goals (or business goals if you own your own business) are centered around your work life. These are the most common goals that people set for themselves. They can include promotions, salary increases, or sales goals. Achieving these goals are what people usually put the most value on.
Financial goals involve your money, currently and in the future. They can include saving, getting debt free, or even starting a college fund for a child. These goals tend to create the most stress in our lives as most people’s number one stressor/concern in life is money, or lack of.
Personal Development goals revolve around your growth as a person. This can include reading books, listening to podcasts, journaling, meditation, and a host of other activities all geared towards helping you grow yourself. I would argue that if you focus just on these goals alone, all of the other areas of your life would get better as a result.
Educational goals revolve around your traditional learning. These goals can be things like getting a college degree, taking an online class, or getting your G.E.D. However, these goals can also have to do with your continuing education. For example, maybe you got a degree in business, but you want to take a course to learn more about a certain aspect of business. Completing that course would be an educational goal.
Relationship goals can have to do with your partner, family, or friends. Typically goals in this area have to do with strengthening relationships with the people most important to us. They can also include making new friends, creating new social circles, and even opening ourselves up more to other people. Besides personal development goals, these in my opinion are right up there in importance. Studies show that when we have strong, positive relationships in our lives we are happier overall. And when we are happier, we perform better in every area of our life.
Last but equally important are goals around health/fitness. These can be goals around dieting, exercising, or even around your mental and emotional health. When we feel our best is when we give our best to others and ourselves as well. Getting 8 hours of sleep, going to the gym twice a week, and eating more vegetables would all be goals that would fall under this category.
It is important to have goals in each area of your life, as well as a mix of shorter and longer term goals in each. Realize however, that you can’t give 100% to every single area of your life, it just isn’t possible. So you have to decide what area(s) in life are most important to you at this stage in your life. The answer to that question will always change, which is why it is important to look at your goals everyday, because they are bound to change not just once, but quite often.
Hopefully that has done a good job of giving you a basic understanding of the types of goals you can set in your life. If you have more questions, you can always DM us on our Instagram or LinkedIn pages at livegritgrace!
Tell us in the comments below . . . what are some of your goals for this new year???