Setting Goals in Life Through the Lens of a Day

Do you know that most people never set goals in life?  Yep. Most people spend more time each day planning and dreaming about what they want to eat or do or chatting on social media than they do planning out their day, let alone their life. So if you’re here because you’re diving deeper into the life goals topic, then kudos to you!

Setting goals in life and working on them daily, is the only way to live the life you want to live.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you know that most people never set goals in life?  Yep. Most people spend more time each day planning and dreaming about what they want to eat or do or chatting on social media than they do planning out their day, let alone their life. So if you're here because you're diving deeper into the life goals topic, then kudos to you! #goals #life #creative #quotes

The Harvard Goals Study Myth

There’s an unproven urban legend citing a 1979 Harvard MBA study on goal setting that says that 83% of graduate students do not do goal setting. This oft-cited study is as yet apparently unfound and mimics an identical one supposedly published by Yale in 1953, also as yet undiscovered in the online world. It seems this might be a made-up story by a motivational guru.1)https://www.wanderlustworker.com/the-harvard-mba-business-school-study-on-goal-setting/

However, suffice it to say that goal setting is effective, judging by the experience of anyone who sets goals and works diligently toward their achievement.

“Clear goals increase persistence and self­ efficacy, making individuals less susceptible to the undermining effects of anxiety, disappointment, and frustration.”
~D.H. Schunk, 1990, Educational Psychologist.2)http://hilt.harvard.edu/files/hilt/files/settinggoals.pdf

 

Do You Know Your Goals in Life?

So if you don’t yet know your goals in life, no worries! Most people don’t. But… now that you’re thinking of it… now that you’re looking into it, now you can begin to unfurl this rosebud one petal at a time. And… the good news is that the process of setting goals is literally only a pen and paper away. Or only a screen away if you prefer digital documentation.

There’s a concept of starting at the end and work your way backward, from goal achieved to the present day. In order to build your field of dreams, you must not only plan it, but work on it daily. A 1,000-foot journey begins with a single step, but to embark on a journey means that you need to know where you want to go.

If you don’t know where you want to end up, you can start with the next place you want to go and head in that direction.

Writing down your dreams if the first step in the journey to making them real.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

So if you don't know yet know your goals in life, no worries! Most people don't. But... now that you're thinking of it... now that you're looking into it, now you can begin to unravel this rosebud one petal at a time. And... the good news is that the process of setting goals is literally only a pen and paper away. Or only a screen away if you prefer digital documentation. #goals #life #creative #quotes

How to Identify Your Goals in Life

When it comes to identifying life goals, some people find it helpful to consider their deathbed scenario. I think of mine like this:

I’m around 108 years old, in bed in my dream home, surrounded by family. We’re laughing and reminiscing over cherished memories. Family members share what I mean to their life, and I share the same for them.

I’m not afraid to die. I’m looking forward to the next great adventure beyond this life as I reflect on all the things I’ve accomplished over a rich and full life. I’m looking forward to the next great adventure beyond this life, and feel a great sense of gratitude for family and friends and life’s many blessings.

 

What Will You Want to Be Able to Say?

The process for setting goals in life is similar, whether it’s life goals or this year’s goals. It’s just a matter of changing the wording to reflect the timing and the destination.

Here are some orienting questions to help you focus on your life goals:

  • When you’re at the end of this life, what will you want to be able to say about your life?
  • At the end of 10 years, what will you want to be able to say about your decade?
  • At the end of 5 years, what will you be doing, where and with whom?
  • At the end of this year, what will you want to have accomplished?
  • At the end of this quarter, what will you want to have accomplished?
  • At the end of this month, what will you want to have accomplished?
  • At the end of this week, what will you want to have accomplished?
  • At the end of today, what will you want to have accomplished?

Each life is comprised of each day. The day is the way to achieve your goals in life.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Do you know that most people never set goals in life?  Yep. Most people spend more time each day planning and dreaming about what they want to eat or do or chatting on social media than they do planning out their day, let alone their life. So if you're here because you're diving deeper into the life goals topic, then kudos to you! #goals #life #creative #quotes

We use our 90 Day Goals Journals, but before that I just used a Google doc, and it worked fine. You can see our journals here, or read more about how to set goals in this article and videos here.

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Hello! I’m LeAura, an autodidactic former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!

I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So co-hosting the iCreateDaily podcast along with my daughter, Devani, is one of my favorite things to do.

I’ve trained and certified in mediation, strategic intervention, marriage and family coaching as well as a fitness trainer, and participated in many courses and workshops over the years.

Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.

My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.



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