We have different goals in different areas of our lives. In the main, each of us has 6 distinct areas that drive us in our lives. All of our goals are guided by our values, and when we achieve the right balance for ourselves, we can define a clear mission we want to achieve in our lifetime.
It is a little like having a rocket ship for life. The different areas of our lives are the rockets, and the long, medium and short-term goals provide the fuel that drives that area of our life forward. Our guidance system is our personal values. If we have a clear personal mission, we can achieve a purposeful balance – leveraging different goals and energies at appropriate times to move us towards achieving our mission.
There are six goal areas:
- Work – career, job, employment or business
- Personal Development
- Relationships (other than family)
In each area, we have long-term, medium term and short-term goals.
What long, medium and short mean for each person may be very different though we do suggest these terms are used in the same context across each area.For example short-term is typically the next 3 to 6 months, medium term, between 6 months and 2 years, long-term more than 2 years.
- It is up to you to define the time frames (which is likely to reflect your current age as well).
- Write down when you will achieve each particular goal. By the way, this particular process goes into personal development under short terms goals.
When you have a few goals noted in each area, ask yourself repeatedly this question: “For what purpose?”
Your ‘purpose' suggests personal values.
Combining your goals (usually your longest long-term goals) may be your personal mission – a greater purpose if you like.
Use the template below to help you begin this process. Let the thoughts come to you and keep returning to this to add, alter, adjust or even start over. If this is the first time you have taken time out to reflect on your long-term goals and personal mission, it may take a while to fine tune.