There are all types of goals; financial, physical, personal, spiritual, professional and perhaps you have a few more of your own you’d like to add. If we look at each “goal area” specifically, it’s going to take some time, but it’s worth the effort. Understand my ideas (from doing searches) are not exhaustive! Be creative as you look at each area for your own needs.
Our world is tumbling in so many directions, it’s hard to even conceive the idea that someone is really advancing financially. Still, it is possible. I did a search for some really good financial goals and found this site: http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/good-financial-goals The author had some really good ideas including getting out of debt, plan for early retirement, and having a solid contingency fund if case something goes awry in your life. Now that said, while the ideas are solid, getting there can be problematic. So you have to know where to begin! Living on less than you earn is really important as is getting rid of any hobby or “addiction” that will suck the life out of any income you hope to save!
Physical goals can also be daunting when you consider most of our eating habits or diets. But there are things we can do that will help! First decide just what you want to accomplish, as specific as possible. Be realistic and reasonable. It’s the only way you’ll be successful. Then choose how you want to reach that goal. Once you’ve decided if you’ll be walking, joining a fitness club, or buddying up with someone else, stick to it! And thirdly, keep records of how you’re doing and if you’re not seeing change, make a greater change (albeit small) to your eating habits or your exercise plan.1
Personal goals are those goals you that will help you be a better person and make you happy! It might include setting time to visit with friends, doing things you enjoy (kite flying, fishing, sewing, etc.), educational (this could be it’s own goal area), book reading, gardening, or a hundred other things! But it helps to have some kind of plan you can actually see and measure as the year goes by!
Spiritual goals can be as personal as “personal goals” depending on what you want to see in your spiritual life and where you are as a believer—or non-believer. I encourage you to choose a topic you’d like to study and search to find spiritual material to answer your questions. Find a church group to talk with and share thoughts, questions and ideas. Read devotional books that feed your soul with all that is good. This will bring unparalleled peace you can find no where else! 2
Professionally, ask yourself if you are where you wanted to be. Are you moving forward? If not, search for ways you can improve your situation. Do some networking, update your skills (this may require more education!), and remember to allow time to just be you! 3
Goals are important and helps move us forward! Onward to 2016!