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How to Set Goals to Help You Be at Your Best

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” –Henry David Thoreau

Can you believe it is already coming to the end of 2014!?

As each year passes we have a great opportunity to assess where we are in life compared to where we want to be.

We can determine what is going well and what we want to work on, and ultimately create a plan to make the coming year better than the last.

This year I plan to use the new year to set goals that can help me become a better person.

It’s not necessarily about achievements or accomplishment but is about character development and growing into a more whole and happy person.

So for this coming year I encourage you to set some personal growth goals.

Here are 4 areas to set goals to help you grow into the best-version-of-yourself.

Social: Set a relationship goal. This includes assessing the people you spend the most time with. How do the peers you associate with influence your growth and well-being? We become like the people we surround ourselves with, so make this a deliberate decision.

Physical: Set a goal for your health. This includes the health habits you follow and how these influence your overall well-being. How can you take care of yourself better so you can be at your best?

Mental: Set a goal to expand your mind. Are you stimulating your mind with uplifting and intriguing ideas? Are you challenging your intellect? What are you learning and mentally ingesting that helps you grow and expand as a person?

Spiritual: Set a goal to develop your spiritual side. Explore your spiritual practices and the role these play in your life. What do you do to nourish your spirituality? Maybe you meditate or pray, or maybe you find ways to serve others and give back. Find ways to keep building your moral character and deepen your faith and hope for the future. 

The area of life that would be of most value to help you grow and develop is up to you.

In my opinion it is helpful to set a goal for each of the domains. This way our personal growth is more holistic.

Here is a way to break down goals to make them more achievable and less overwhelming.

One year goal: What do you want to happen this year?

90 day goals: What do want to see happen in the next 3 months?

30 day goals: What do want to see happen in the next month?

Next steps: What must go on your to-do list today to get started?

Take a good hard look at each of these areas of your life and determine a yearly goal. Then break that long-term goal down into a few 90 day and 30 day results you want to get.

From there simply take one day at a time. Focus on the next best step and determine an achievable goal that you can take action on today.

Hopefully these simple ideas can help you begin to create a more fulfilling and meaningful 2015!

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn

How to Set Goals to Help You Be at Your Best

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2014). How to Set Goals to Help You Be at Your Best. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2020, from


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