Before we talk any further about goals we need to examine, what success means to most of us, for which we shall need goals. My study shows that success means different things to different people. But true success is a balance of a number of things. A successful person will be happy, healthy, and reasonably prosperous, secured, have peace of mind enjoy good relationships and will have hope for a better future.
If a person is very wealthy and his wealth is accumulated at the price of health, relationships, and peace of mind, he can not be called successful. In fact a person with lesser wealth with all other ingredient of success is definitely more successful.
The reason that I felt it necessary to mention here is because, there are a lot of people who set financial goals and achieve them, but at the end of it looses everything else. The world is full of such lonely, unhappy, sick rich people. Of course you do not want to be one of them.
Therefore, you need to have goals that will cover every ingredient of success. Based on these, the probable types of goals are given below. These are not given in the order of priority or importance, because it is your life and they are your goals.
These are the goals that are related to your physical well being and health. If you need to loose weight, or improve your physical condition and health in some way, you will need to set these goals.
Where do you want to be in your career five years from now, ten years from! In what position you see yourself and what you will do to reach there, what kind of value addition you will do to your skills, both hard and soft, will fall under career goals.
When are you planning your retirement, what kind of house you want to live in, what kind of car you want to drive, where you want to go for vacation, what kind of education do you want to afford for your children? Answer to all these will depend on you financial planning, and achievement of your financial Goal Setting.
Relationships & Family Goals
Relationships and your family are one of the biggest assets that you may have. How will you improve your old friendships, and make new ones? What will you do for your spouse, children, parents, greater family, so as to take these relationships to a greater depth? It is worth it to set goals in this area to have a fulfilled life.
Self Development & Spiritual Goals
A person is like a fruit. As long as you are green you are growing. If you stop growing you ripen and fall to ground. One of the greatest blessings of human life is the lifelong ability to learn. So, keep learning, keep growing internally. Set goals for improving your attitude, self image, faith etc. People those who are spiritually higher enjoy better self image, better relationships, and more financial success as they have stronger faith. Spiritual upliftment is an important purpose of all human life and one should set goals in this area of self development.
As the children of God it is your right to enjoy and have pleasure. Set goals for your enjoyment and how you are going to spend time for yourself. Goals may be set for entertainment, learning new art or for taking up new hobbies.
More often your success will be measured by what you do for the society rather than your personal achievements. As a human being it is your responsibility to give back to society more than what you receive from it. Any goals that you set for this purpose are Social Goals.
If you look at the above goals carefully you will see that all these goals are actually interdependent. For example how well you will do financially depends on your progression in your career. Similarly your career, relationships will depend on the level of your personal and spiritual development as well as your physical well being. The type of pleasure that you will be able to afford and even some of the relationships that you will enjoy will be dependent on your career and financial situations. Of course you will not want to expand your family if you can not afford it financially.
So, while setting a goal, you should take into consideration different aspects of your life. Then only you will be able to enjoy a balanced success. If you set goals that are only materialistic in nature, such as only career goals and financial goals, while neglecting other goals in life, chances are that you will do well in these two areas, but will be stressed out, burned out, and unhappy at that the end of it.
Here, I wish to make myself clear. I am not against accumulation of wealth, but in its favour. Many, people say that too much money is bad, or money is evil. I do not believe in it. Money is a great indices of success, and can bring immense joy. In this material world it can give you power to help others, and do a lot of other things. It is bad or evil when money becomes your god. It is evil, when you run after money, thus sacrificing everything else that will ultimately matter, such as your values, relationships, health and eventually mental peace. It is our attitude towards money that can be good or bad, not money itself.
This was about the types of goals. In the next pages I have tried to give you a clear guideline for setting goals and achieving them.