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Take Charge: Identifying Your Goals

Getting going on your goals.

The first step in setting good goals is to spend some time figuring out what your goals are.

Some questions that you can ask yourself to get started include:

  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • What do you want your life to look like in 5 years? 15 years? 30 years?

Seven primary areas for life goals.

The following is a list of different aspects of life in which we commonly have goals, as well as some examples of specific goals for each area:

    • Romantic - goals for the type of partner you would like to find (if you are not in a relationship), or your goals for the future of your relationship, or even specific changes you would like to make in your relationship.
    • School and Career - goals for the type of degree you'd like to earn and your time frame for doing so, or your level of achievement in school, or the type of work you would like to be doing in 5 years.
    • Family and Children - goals for how many children you'd like to have and when in your life you want to have them, or the type of relationship you'd like to develop with your parents.
    • Health and Wellness - goals to eat more healthfully, or get enough sleep, or successfully cope with an event in your life that has had a significant impact on your emotional well-being.  
    • Financial - goals for saving up enough money to purchase a home, or being able to pay for college without increasing your debt load.
    • Personal Growth - goals for learning a new skill, or spiritual development, or working on a characteristic about yourself that you would like to improve.
    • Friendships - goals for the type of friendships you'd like to cultivate or minimize in your life, or expanding the number of friends you have in your life who are truly supportive of you and your goals.
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      Use our My Goals Activity to identify your goals and create an action plan for accomplishing them!


      Goals can be short-term or long-term.   

      Some of the goals that you identify for yourself may be relatively short-term, meaning that they can be accomplished within a relatively short period of time. Other goals may be more long-term, requiring years of effort, or even continual work throughout your life, to achieve.

      Good goals are specific and obtainable.

      This means that they are easy to identify and possible to achieve. But they should also be challenging, so that you feel a significant sense of accomplishment when they are achieved.

      Ready...  Set... Goal. 

      Now that you've read about the types of goals other people may have, complete the My Goals Activity.  It will help you identify and develop a plan to accomplish your own goals.

      What is the hardest part of developing a good personal goal for yourself?


      Doing the work to actually achieve it!

      You can also go Beyond the WiRE to take the "My Life Goals Quiz at .  The quiz will give you feedback on the types of major life goals that are more or less important to you.  Hint: you can skip all of the questions on your background, they are not needed to complete the quiz and get feedback.

      Identifying your goals is a first step-- how can you achieve them?

      Move on to learn more about accomplishing the goals you choose -- plan to achieve what you desire!

      Move On!