Day 6 – Setting Life Goals

Today is Day 6 of Live A Better Life in 30 Days Challenge.

Day 6 is about setting your life goals. What do you want to achieve in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years? What are your goals in life?

Setting goals is planning for your future.

Alan Lakein, a well-known personal time management guru, author of  How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, said the following:

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

“In all planing you make a list and you set priorities.”

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Alan Lakein’s three questions for setting goals are:

  1. What are your lifetime goals?
  2. What are your goals for the next 3 years?
  3. If you knew now you would be struck by lightning six months from today, how would you live until then?

Now how do you set goals?

The short answer is think SMART.

  • S = Specific
  • M = Measurable
  • A = Attainable
  • R = Realistic
  • T = Timely

For some more explanation, please visit Arina’s Goal setting guide website.

I have not created a detailed list of my personal goals for 1, 3 and 5 years. I am just throwing out a few that come easily to my mind. Excuse me that I am not doing it in the SMART way.


  • Finish a project that I started a few months ago but have kept putting off.
  • Continue working on the book club (Commissioner’s Reading Corner) and interview every senior manager at Mn/DOT (I am more than half way through)
  • Get my position reclassified (The request was submitted a few months ago, but it got stuck somewhere)
  • Publish at least one book, a bestseller is the dream (I have a couple of books with my name in them, but I am not the sole author)
  • Publish more articles in magazines/newspapers   


  • Get my mortgage paid off earlier and be debt-free
  • Buy a newer van to replace my current 10 year old van
  • Get a raise


  • Take time to write letters/notes to people (I often think of some people but fail to express it)
  • Get together (in face or virtually) with like-minded people and develop more friendships
  • Keep in touch with old friends more often


  • Be more patient and loving with my kids (I demand a lot from them and get inpatient when they don’t follow my instruction and meet my expectations)
  • Show more love and respect for people in my life and family (I tend to be more critical and less tolerant with people around me)
  • Help my daughter get her poems published (She won the 1st place for her poem collection twice in the row in the last two years at the Minnesota State Fair. I want to get her poems published to encourage her in her writing)


  • Keep volunteering for different committees and events at work (Health & Wellness, Run @ Work Day, Brown Bag Learning) and in my community (Woodbury Days, Writing this Areavoices blog)

Personal growth:

  • Continue working on the 30DLBL challenge even after it’s over (catch up on unfinished tasks, review and revise)
  • Continue read books and articles on personal development
  • Take workshops and classes on topics of interest (writing)


  • Be an early riser, even on weekend (I tend to sleep in on weekends)
  • Do walking, yoga or other activities daily (It’s hard to keep doing these important, but not urgent things. Other urgent tasks tend to grasp my time and attention) 
  • Go from current 90% vegetarian to 100% vegetarian (I mostly gave up on meat, but still like to eat seafood occasionally) 


  • Read Bible daily (again, important, but not urgent things get pushed aside)
  • Learn to meditate

7 Responses

  1. Liz

    Holy cow! I hope you have a day of rest in there. (And I think sleeping in on weekends entirely admirable.)

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  3. A simple and free tool that is available to set goals is http://www.SMARTGoals.Me its a facebook app that allows you to get your friends to be your goal buddy like a gym buddy. Just like in a gym when you have someone watching you, you tend to work out harder. The same concept with someone watching your goals, hopefully you achieve them.

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  5. Qin-

    Good post-

    I however would like to offer two (2) additional points:

    a) Life is not STATIC but ever changing, evolving. Circumstances and events both good bad or indifferent effect our daily lives on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis which can have a profound impact on your goals, values and objectrives in life. However, the reality from my profesional expereience is that “most” people view goal setting & SMART goals as just a one time event; but nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Your goals, objectives and your values can change due to circmstances and events in your life-this is OK. CHANGE happens and forces us to adapt and rethink our priorities for our lives. Make sure your new goals/objectives “today” reflect your goal plan today-not what you penned on paper 6-12 months prior. Review your goals at least every 6 months or so to make sure your goals aling with your current thinking and values in your life.

    b) Lastly, irrespective of one’s spiritual or faith/belief views, everyone beleives in something or someone. Goal setting shoudl reflect one’s faith and belief views. If you can believe it you can achieve it, conversely, if you don’t believe you WILL, more likely than not you WON’T.



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