At some point between age 19 and 22, I realized life is short. Children see with new eyes, giving the illusion that they have all the time in the world. That’s why they’re so present, joyful, and easily entertained. As adults, we see the world through experienced eyes that see less novelty and variation, giving us the illusion that time is accelerating. We must continually renew that child-like perspective and evolve, rather than passively allowing for stagnation and life to pass us by. Our existence is no coincidence, and we owe it to ourselves and everyone we love to live our best life.
An important tip
Setting goals is as much about psychology / mental engineering as it is about actually manifesting what you want. Goals must be sustainable and specific enough to act on. I found that “Meditate every day” was vague and unattainable, but a simple switch to “Meditate every day for 30 days at least once this year” made the goal timely and within reach—I started pursuing it immediately instead of putting it off.
Over several years and iterations, I have found life areas (mental, physical, lifestyle, personal, social, career, and financial) that I consistently work towards. Based on that, I created a template of categories and types of goals to get you started.
I will show you an effective way to manifest your goals through five steps:
Design your ideal life
Create a vision board
Five-year (mid-length) goals
Ten-year (lifelong) goals
Let’s get right down to it.
Step 1: Design your ideal life
Purpose: Set a beacon to strive for. One of the most powerful ways to actualize your goals is to envision your ideal life. Consider what you love to do and what fuels your energy. What's the difference between how you're living today and how you want to be living? How can you bridge that gap today?
Step 2: Vision Board
Purpose: Visually represent your goals to manifest the lifestyle and attract the result. optional, but highly recommended. See how to make one here.
Step 3: One-Year Goals
Start today, and you will be amazed at how much you can achieve in a year.
Mental / Creative
New skills to learn:
Hobbies to invest more time in:
Exercise (strength, cardio):
Lifestyle / Expanding Consciousness
Relationship with technology:
Adventure / travel:
Outdoor activity / connecting with nature:
Events / experiences:
Personal / Lifestyle Projects
Improving living space / surroundings:
Conscious consumer goals:
Projects to start or build:
Social / Relationship
Interpersonal skills to work on:
People to seek mentorship from:
Career / Business Development
Positional goals (career mapping):
Step 4: Five-Year (Mid-Length) Goals
Purpose: Plan your next move. Some goals may take more than a year to come to fruition, especially if you're transitioning between life stages (e.g. school to work, career to family). See them on the horizon. These goals are less defined; we adapt to change.
Your ideal day:
Your ideal week:
Location of work:
Companies / organizations to work for:
Stream(s) of income:
Rough idea of when to start a family:
Step 5: Ten-Year (Lifelong) Goals
Purpose: Bigger dreams and aspirations become a lifestyle. See how your one- and five-year goals connect to your life picture.
Language(s) to learn:
Goals for your parents / family:
Marriage / relationship goals:
Frequency of travel:
I recommend copying/pasting these areas into a Word document or electronic notebook, such as OneNote.
Here’s to the upward spiral.