GoalsOnTrack Blog

A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

The 3 Best Ways to Find Joy in Everything You Do

By Lidiya K

Daily life doesn’t need to be boring, your work shouldn’t be dreadful, life is not meant to be lived in the future where ‘the next big thing’ or your holiday (escape from reality) is.

It’s the little things that matter.

It’s every single action you take in the day, every small talk, every song you hear and picture you see, every cup of coffee you drink and free minute you have, that is the essence of life.

And your job is to find great pleasure in such activities. Read more

A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the Biggest Reason People Don’t Achieve Their Goals

By Chris Weller

Shooting for the moon is a worthwhile goal if you’re NASA.

But as Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy explains in a recent Big Think video, the average person will probably find more success (and happiness) if they shoot for just down the block — at least at first. Read more

A Marathon Runner’s Advice on How to Set Goals

By Nev Schulman

I’ve always been a very competitive person. When I set the goal to run the marathon, I set the goal to run it in three hours. So, to some extent, I was disappointed when I realized I wasn’t going to finish in time. I know that if I had been willing to commit more during training, I could have achieved my goal, but I also didn’t want to kill myself to do it. So I let the first marathon be about balance: I can run a 3:30 marathon comfortably. I learned to set realistic goals.

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Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Secrets To Business Success

By Ben Popper

Benjamin Franklin, unlike many of our founding fathers, didn’t come from an aristocratic family. In fact his journey from teenage runaway to wealthy printer is the epitome of bootstrapping a business.

As John Paul Rollert points out over at the Harvard Business Review, Franklin took a very structured approach to to success.

While he was still in his early 20s and just beginning to run his own print shop, Franklin laid out 13 “virtues” he felt would guide him as an entrepreneur. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know to Achieve Your Goals Faster

By Allison Sutter

I’d never “officially” set a goal until I was 40 years-old.

What?! you exclaim. Allison … shame on you. Everyone knows that in order to get from where you are to where you want to be, you first have to know where you want to go. It’s called a goal. I can’t believe you didn’t know that. Duh. Read more

Setting Goals the Right Way

by Mary Morrissey

Setting Goals the Right Way Boosts Your Success Rate

Most people set goals they believe they can attain rather than goals they actually want. This phenomenon is so pervasive that it influences almost every part of our lives. We choose a life partner, a career and even the nourishment we put into our bodies based on what we think is “good enough” for us. This leads to lives that are limited and unfulfilling as we plod along with the same old dull routine day after day. Read more

Think about Your Life Goals

By Leo Babauta

There’s never a good time to sit down and think about what you want to accomplish in life. We have busy lives, and even when we’re not busy, we might just feel more like vegging in front of the TV or checking our feeds than thinking about the rest of our lives. Read more

How to journal your life goals: Keeping track of your bucket list

By Shoshana Jackson

Everyone should have life goals. Whether you have 10, 100 or 1,000, it’s important to write them out. However, writing your goals down won’t give you the focus and clarity you need to achieve them.

There’s a problem many people experience with life goals. They never accomplish many of them. While people feel the need to plan for short and long-term goals, most don’t make a plan for their life goals. After all, some of these goals may not happen for years and may change over time. Read more

Popular Life Goals

Need life goal ideas? Check out this popular list of life time goals people want to accomplish.

Adventure

  • Break a world record
  • Experience weightlessness
  • Extreme skydiving
  • Feed the sharks
  • Go scuba diving
  • Ride a camel
  • Ride an elephant
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Skydive
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Go white water rafting
  • Be a contestant on The Amazing Race
  • Be a contestant on Survivor

Career

  • Become a manager
  • Become an executive
  • Own my own business
  • Make the Fortune 500 list with my company

Community

  • Start a non-profit organization
  • Donate blood

Creativity

  • Create a website
  • Fill a journal with inspiring quotes, lyrics, images, and…
  • Write and publish a book

Drama

  • Write a screenplay
  • Perfom in a play
  • Direct a dramatic production

Entertainment

  • See the Top 100 films of all time
  • See AOL’s list of Movies to See Before You Die
  • Go to the Oscars
  • Go to the Emmys
  • Go to the Country Music Associate Awards show

Family

  • Have a healthy baby
  • Watch my child graduate from high school
  • Watch my child graduate from college
  • Host a family reunion and trip to Disney

Finances

  • Pay off all debt
  • Save $100,000
  • Save $500,000
  • Become a millionaire

Friends / Friendships

  • Host a reunion with my high school friends

Fun

  • Be a contestant on a gameshow
  • Ride in a limo

Health

  • Improve my blood pressure so that I no longer need medication
  • Improve my cholesterol so that I no longer need medication
  • Lose 20 pounds
  • Lose 50 pounds
  • Lose 100 pounds
  • Make my goal weight
  • Quit drinking alcohol
  • Quit smoking

Hobbies

  • Sell my craft on EBay
  • Build my daughter a hope chest

Home

  • Buy a house
  • Build a log cabin in the mountains
  • Build a media room for the family to enjoy

Learning / Education

  • Learn to belly dance
  • Learn CPR
  • Learn to drive a stick shift engine
  • Learn to knit
  • Learn to play golf
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn to play the violin
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Learn to snow ski
  • Learn to snowboard
  • Learn to speak another language
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to water ski
  • Complete my college degree
  • Complete my PhD
  • Teach a college class

Literature

  • Read the top 100 novels of all time
  • Write a book and publish it

Love / Love Life

  • Find my true love
  • Get married
  • Go on a blind date
  • Join an online dating service

Marriage

  • Celebrate my 25th anniversary
  • Celebrate my 50th anniversary

Music

  • Play an instrument in a band
  • Form a band
  • Donate instruments for the school band for those who cannot afford them
  • 10 albums to hear before you die

Personal

  • Get a tattoo
  • Get rid of clutter and only keep what matters most

Play / Recreation

  • Form a Dominos club
  • Form a Buncos club

Relationships

  • Make peace with my family

Spiritual Life

  • Read the Bible from cover-to-cover
  • Visit the Holy Land
  • Form a prayer group

Sports

  • Canoe through the Amazon
  • Compete in an ‘iron man’ competition
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Go hang gliding
  • Go to all Nascar races
  • Go to all Indy races
  • Go to all games of my favorite football team
  • Go to all games of my favorite baseball team
  • Go to all games of my favorite basketball team
  • Go to all games of my favorite hockey team
  • Go to the US Open
  • Raft through the Grand Canyon
  • Run a marathon
  • Visit all US baseball parks
  • Visit all Nascar racetracks

Time of Year

  • Celebrate the New Year in NYC, watching the ball drop at midnight
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Washington DC

Travel

  • Go on a trip around-the-world
  • Go to Egypt
  • Go to Hawaii
  • Go to Ireland
  • Go to Italy
  • Go to London
  • Go to Niagra Falls
  • Go to Paris
  • Go to the Grand Canyon
  • Earn 1,000,000 travel miles
  • See the aurora borealis
  • See the Great Wall of China
  • See the rain forest
  • Visit all 50 US states
  • Visit all 28 places on the Smithsonian Magazine Life List

You might also consider including a timeframe for the goals around the times of your life (e.g., before I marry, before I graduate college, before I turn 30, before I turn 40).