You’ve noticed this recent trend.
It’s all the rage nowadays. Like the realization is just reaching every single person.
People get their education from high school to university and then a post-graduate degree, all for the highly coveted corporate job. Then they work very hard to climb the corporate ladder. And after a couple of years, they realize that the career they’ve devoted their life to isn’t what they liked or wanted(and if this is you, never mind, we’re going to remedy this today).
You know you should be headed somewhere in life and want to be sure you’re doing what’s best for you before channelling all your focus to it. Or, you figured you’re just jumping from activity to activity and cause to cause because you’re not sure what you want.
If any of these sounds like you, then this post is for you. Because you’re going to get clear on what your life’s purpose is or at least have an idea of what it should be. We’re also going to set goals that are in line with this purpose you’ve created.
Let’s start with the obvious.
What exactly is your life’s purpose right?
Because to set goals that are in line with your life’s purpose, you need to have a purpose.
Your life’s purpose is your vision.
And a vision is a picture or idea you have in your mind of yourself, your business or anything that is going to happen for you.
You know that picture you have in your head of what your future looks like. You think about it once in a while and you get so excited when you imagine yourself doing exactly what you’ve envisioned. Well, that’s the start of defining your vision.
Don’t jump off yet thinking the woman in the power suit with killer heels is what you want your life to look like because you may think it’s what you want but it isn’t.
How do you get clear on your vision
1. You must know what you want or at least have an idea of what you want.
Take a small notepad and jot all the bits and pieces you’d like your life to mirror. It’s okay if you can’t figure it all now. Keep that handy notepad around and write those thoughts as they come to you over the next week or two. Brainstorm, imagine and dream.
2. Focus on things that make you feel fulfilled and happy
Do you like the idea of something and after trying it once realized it’s not as great as you thought? Don’t hold on to such things because of the idea you had about them before. You’d end up burning out. Think about things that make you happy and provide a sense of fulfilment for you. Streamline your list with this step.
3. Decide what your life values are
Just like a cohesive Instagram feed where you’d be asked to create at least three emotions you’d want your audience to feel when they come to your page, your values follow the same pattern.
Let’s start easy. What three words describe how you want others to see you? Those are values you should begin with and build on as you undergo personal growth.
My first three were faith, resourceful and dependable and I built these over time to include other values I believe will uplift me.
Your values will guide your vision and make you confident in your future only if you pick the right ones. A quality like untruthful will not take you anywhere.
4. Tap into your intuition
Honestly, your gut should be your best friend. Because more often than not, it’s always right. It would guide you during uncertain times and save you from numerous errors if you can hone it and understand what it says.
Here’s a post to help you develop your intuition.
How can you Achieve your Life’s purpose?
If the topic didn’t give you the hint, let’s get to the point.
Setting goals is the simplest way to achieve your life’s purpose. There are other ways, of course, but granted they wouldn’t give you the ease or results setting goals will.
What are Goals then?
Goals are ideas of specific results one wishes or plans to achieve in the future. A combination of strategic goals leads to the success of a vision.
Why do you need to set goals at all?
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the possible tasks that need to be done especially if you’re just starting or getting serious about your life.
By setting goals, you create smaller achievements that contribute to the success of your vision.
Asides achievements, goals help you focus your efforts and preserve the resources (time, money and others) you have.
How do you set goals in line with your Life’s purpose
Recognize your capability
When setting goals for your life, understand your strengths and weaknesses.
Maximize your potentials and capitalize on the things you’re good at. It’s much easier to build a life doing the things you love and are good at. If your vision is to help people who are in need, for example, you’d be better at helping people by writing petitions if you’re very good at writing.
Deciding to travel from country to country if you’re not the type that loves trips is not maximizing your potentials. You need to understand that you’re providing value where you’re most capable irrespective of how it seems compared to another person’s efforts.
Make an actionable plan
To reach your goals, you need a structure to follow to ensure that you cover all important tasks. Something simple. There’s no need to spend forever creating a framework for your goals because nothing is permanent. As you grow, your interests and priorities may change slightly.
A plan that clearly defines the steps you would be taking rather than stating your goal is what’s crucial. For example, I’m going to run two miles each day for the next six weeks is an actionable statement. I’m going to lose weight has no action in it.
For you to set goals that help you achieve your life’s purpose, you need to include actionable statements.
Learn from experiences and setbacks
To set goals that align with your life’s purpose, you should know what to avoid and focus on. This means learning from your personal experiences or that of others. What has worked for you or others in the past? What seems important but is merely just time consuming or not as vital to the achievement of your vision?
If you’ve spent the last few years focusing on a certain path and you want to switch now or pursue something entirely new, it’s time to learn from your previous decisions and actions.
What did you discover about yourself? What were your failures in the past? What could you have done differently?
Take time to provide answers to these three questions and when you do, keep them in view when setting your new goals and creating an actionable plan.
Make your goals SMART
To set goals that have any chance of getting achieved. They need to be SMART. That is, your goals should be:
Specific- Clearly defined, your goals should cover what is getting achieved and how that should happen.
Measurable- the success of your goal should be clearly outlined. You don’t want to keep working and never be able to say “DONE”.
Attainable- Your goal should be possible. Something that can be reached with resources that you have or can get.
Realistic- Almost like attainable. Your goal should be within the scope of reality. Else, it’s just a wish.
Timely- Achievable goals have a time frame in which they can be reached.
These 5 key elements make your vision possible because they help you craft goals you can reach.
Check this post out to learn how to set smart goals.
For the skimmers, here’s a summary of all we’ve discussed.
To set goals in line with your life’s purpose, you need to have an actual purpose. To have a vision for your life, you should have an idea of things that interest and make you happy. You should make your intuition your best friend and focus on things that make you feel fulfilled. Finally, pick three values your life should be guided by for a start and build on these as you grow.
Setting goals is simple. Recognize what you’re best at and focus on it. Make a plan for your goals that states clearly what actions you would be taking. Your failures are not an opportunity to quit. Learn from your setbacks and experiences. Create goals that follow the principles behind SMART.
Do you have an idea what your life purpose is or could be? Remember, nothing is fixed. It’s okay to evolve and have a change of plans. That’s part of growth.
What goals are you setting to make your vision a reality? Share your view in the comments section and let’s support each other.
Mimi is a freelance writer and the face behind Mimistidbits where she helps females create working systems to reach their goals and master their productivity. Check out her FREE Goal Success Toolkit if you’re ready to crush your goals with intentional actions. When she’s not reading, you’d always find her trying to improve her ‘interesting’ dancing skills.