How to Live the Life You Want
Do you work hard but never seem to achieve the things you want? Setting goals can help because it forces you to think about your ideal future, and can serve as the necessary motivation to turn that vision into reality.
The first step to setting goals is to literally write down the "big picture" of what you want to achieve in the next 5-10 years. Then, break that goal down into the small steps that you must hit daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Those steps become your plan to achieve each of your ultimate goals.
Goals are set on a number of levels:
Career – How do you want to make a living? Or, what level do you want to reach in your current job?
Education – What education is necessary to work in your field? What else do you want to learn?
Financial – Do you want to own a home? How will you support yourself in retirement?
Family – Do you want to be married? Are you prepared to become a parent?
Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back?
Physical – Are there specific health goals you want to achieve? Losing weight? Quitting smoking?
Excerpted from an article on MindTools.com.