Most of us know that we want more in life. Some of us want a better quality of life financially, some of us want to be healthier and feel better about ourselves, some want to gain more knowledge and perhaps learn new skills. Many of us have dreams and wishes for the future, which is great.
The problem sometimes with dreams and wishes is that we promise to ourselves that ‘someday I’ will get started an exercise program to start looking and feeling better and become a healthier person, ‘someday I’ will start reading more books or enroll in a course that will improve me personally and perhaps professionally. ‘Someday I’ will start paying off my debts and clear my credit card. Or ‘someday I’ will find a career or a hobby that I will feel passionate about. The problem with ‘someday I’ is that we can almost trick ourselves into believing that sometime in the future we will set concrete goals and take the necessary actions to get what we want. The last time I checked there was seven days in a week and ‘someday’ is not one of them. The time to set your goals and take action is now, you owe it to yourself.
I have been writing my goals down on paper for almost 30 years with different levels of success. I have found that the best way to achieve goals was to turn a goal list into a more manageable to-do list with deadlines. Here is my checklist that has helped me to set my greatest ever goals and achieve them.
1. Set Goals For You.
When you are setting your goals, they should be yours and yours alone, not your partners, not a friends, not goals that you feel pressurized socially to have. Don’t allow other people to determine your goals and your future. This is your journey, your adventure, and therefore your goals should be what ‘You’ really want to achieve.
2. Your Goals Should Be Important To You.
If you set goals that excite you and inspire you to take action everyday to get one step closer to achieving them it is a lot easier. When setting your goals, ask yourself ‘why is achieving this goal important to me?’ Jim Rohn said “When your why gets stronger, the how gets easier.”
3. Your Goals Should be Flexible.
The journey to achieve you goals and your dreams change as you do. Not every journey will be simple and straightforward, therefore we must be willing to adapt and change course when necessary. Be flexible but always have your end goal in sight.
4. Your Goals Should Excite You.
You should set goals for yourself that excite you everyday, but also goals that stretch you and force you out of your comfort zone. Plan each day in advance and don’t leave your future success to chance. Have the kind of goals and daily habits that will keep you on course for an awesome life.
5. Your Goals Should Be Enjoyable.
Every new book that you read, every workout that you do, or every debt that you payoff should be enjoyable and fill you with a great sense of accomplishment. If you enjoy what you are doing it, you will feel excited to keep up your positive life changing habits.
6. Your Goals Should Be Realistic.
Set goals that will stretch you, but be realistic. I will never be an Olympic athlete, a University lecturer or a Wall Street stockbroker, but I can still drastically improve my fitness, massively expand my knowledge and clear my debts if I put my mind to it and take action. Have goals that you know that you will achieve with hard work and more belief in yourself.
7. Share Your Goals With Others.
Sharing your exciting goals is a great way to make yourself more accountable to yourself. You will be amazed the power of sharing goals and working with others can have to push each other and help to achieve your goals. Be sure to share your goals with like minded positive people who will inspire you and push you.
Why not start today and create an exciting list of goals, and make the next 12 months your best year ever!
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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