30 Life Goal Examples & How to Make Them Work

Silas & Grace

Girl at desk with computer and journal. In the journal, she's writing down goals.

Setting life goals is kind of intimidating; we feel excited when we make them, and we start thinking about the possibilities.

But then we’re left with the realization that there are quite a few steps we need to take in order to reach those goals. And they’re not always the easiest!

But don’t worry, I’ll help you in making this more simple. So grab a cozy seat, take a deep breath, and let’s look at the different ways you can grow in self-betterment, and actually achieving the things you personally want in life.

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What Are Life Goals and How to Set Them

Life goals are like a compass that helps you navigate through all the confusion and noise.

They’re basically the dreams that help you grow as a person, and ignore the overwhelm. Because when you’re focused, the unimportant things in life just don’t matter.

So how do we go about setting these goals?

If you’re going to set life goals, then first look at what you know would make you a better person, make your life better, and/or just make you happier in general.

Then work on making them specific and measurable, such as launching a business within a year.

Break those goals into smaller, actionable steps, and create a plan with timelines. You need to make sure you’re taking consistent action and staying motivated by regularly reviewing your goals and surrounding yourself with supportive people.

Learn from challenges and other people, adapt your strategies, and celebrate milestones along the way.

And of course, just understand that this is going to be a process, but you can take joy in the process. And when you take joy in it, frustrations and setbacks won’t matter as much; you’ll know how amazing it’s going to once you reach that goal.

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30 Life Goal Examples

1. Write and publish a novel.
2. Launch a thriving online business.
3. Master a musical instrument.
4.Travel to every continent.
5. Become fluent in a new language.
6. Complete a marathon or another physical challenge.
7. Become a mentor in your field.
8. Establish financial independence and retire early.
9. Become a recognized expert in your industry.
10. Volunteer abroad for a meaningful cause.
11. Cultivate a daily meditation or mindfulness practice.
12. Learn a complex skill like coding or graphic design.
13. Write a personal memoir or journal.
14. Create a thriving blog or online platform.
15. Develop a regular exercise routine and achieve your fitness goals.
16. Start your own podcast and add value to people’s days.
17. Conquer a fear or phobia that has held you back so many times.
18. Complete a challenging hiking or backpacking adventure.
19. Become an accomplished public speaker.
20. Build a strong support network of friends who will really uplift and inspire you.
21. Strengthen your family bond through meaningful and regular quality time.
22. Challenge yourself to go a certain amount of time without complaining.
23. Grow deep and meaningful connections with like-minded individuals.
24. Mend a broken relationship and create a space for forgiveness and healing.
25. Become an active listener and improve your communication skills.
26. Cultivate gratitude and express appreciation to loved ones.
27. Create a welcoming home that actually reflects what your own taste, not others.
28. Attend a transformative personal development retreat or workshop.
29. Work on becoming a source of inspiration and support for others in going through a hard time.
30. Learn a new skill that will help you get promoted or land you a better job.

Personal development and setting goals for your life can be an incredible experience. You’re taking control of your life and how it’s going to look.

You’re not just letting life happen to you, and I think that’s incredible! So good job for seeking out a better life for yourself; you really do deserve it. 👏

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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