Goals: life and yearly goals

Set Daily, Monthly, and Long Term Goals
In a couple of posts we wrote about having or creating ‘bigger’ goals, like the Big Five for Life, or yearly goals.
We get a lot of questions about creating those bigger goals: how big should those goals be? What kind should they be? Am I covering all the right categories? It is not the beginning of a new year, why should I bother now? We’ll adress these questions in this article.


It is very good to ask yourself these questions: it is a sign that you think about your life. The most important question to ask yourself therefore is: “Am I missing anything in my life right now that’s important to me?”

Most goals refer to several categories like: health, finances, relationships, career, spirituality and self. A popular reference is the Tony Robbins-version of “The wheel of life”. He believes there are 7 areas you have to master for an extraordinary life:

  • Physical body
  • Emotion and meaning
  • Relationships
  • Time management
  • Career/work/mission
  • Finances
  • Celebrate/contribute

To get clear on where you are now you can take his Wheel of Life Identity Test , or make your own Wheel of Life by looking at these categories. To help you we added a few extra pointers:
– environment: living environment, organization environment, possessions, car/clothing etc
– spirituality, connection to a higher power, life purpose
– fun, hobbies, adventure, vacation
– community relations, work associates
– family and friends relations
– money/finance, cashflow, savings, retirement
– career/work, contribution, bringing my unique gifts to the world
– growth/learning, education, skill development, personal improvement
– partners/love, significant other, romance
– health/fitness, mental and emotional health, physical health and fitness, rest and relaxation


If you still have difficulty to get the thought-process going, have a look at the 28 personal inventory/ self-examination questions from Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” (Hill advises to do this self-analysis annually). Some questions refer to business, but do not let that distract you:

  1. Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective for this year? (You should work with a definite yearly objective to be attained as a part of your major life objective).
  2. Have I delivered service of the best possible QUALITY of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
  3. Have I delivered service in the greatest possible QUANTITY of which I was capable?
  4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?
  5. Have I permitted the habit of PROCRASTINATION to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
  6. Have I improved my PERSONALITY, and if so, in what ways?
  7. Have I been PERSISTENT in following my plans through to completion?
  8. Have I reached DECISIONS PROMPTLY AND DEFINITELY on all occasions?
  9. Have I permitted any one or more of the six basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
  10. Have I been either “overcautious,” or “undercautious?”
  11. Has my relationship with my associates in work been pleasant, or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant, has the fault been partly, or wholly mine?
  12. Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of CONCENTRATION of effort?
  13. Have I been openminded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?
  14. In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
  15. Have I been intemperate in any of my habits?
  16. Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of EGOTISM?
  17. Has my conduct toward my associates been such that it has induced them to RESPECT me?
  18. Have my opinions and DECISIONS been based upon guesswork, or accuracy of analysis and THOUGHT?
  19. Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses, and my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
  20. How much time have I devoted to UNPROFITABLE effort which I might have used to better advantage?
  21. How may I REBUDGET my time, and change my habits so I will be more efficient during the coming year?
  22. Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
  23. In what ways have I rendered MORE SERVICE AND BETTER SERVICE than I was paid to render?
  24. Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
  25. If I had been the purchaser of my own services for the year, would I be satisfied with my purchase?
  26. Am I in the right vocation, and if not, why not?
  27. Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not, why not?
  28. What is my present rating on the fundamental principles of success? (Make this rating fairly, and frankly, and have it checked by someone who is courageous enough to do it accurately).

Some questions (like nr 9) refer to the book Think and Grow Rich. If you would like to read more, consider buying the book.

The right system

It does not matter if you don’t follow a certain ‘correct’ system. It is simply what YOU think is important to you. Create your own wheel of life. Make it 5 categories or 8 or 10. When you fill in your categories, you can always make subcategories to make it more suitable to your circumstances, to your life. The only thing that matters is that it is a tool that helps you to move forward in life, that it gives you insight in what matters to you and what needs more (or less) of your attention.


It is never the ‘right time’ to consider these questions. Whether it is the end of the year or not is not important. The end of the year is really rather arbitrarily as well, isn’t it? So, a better advice would be: it is ALWAYS good to consider these questions to make certain that your life is in balance. And especially when you feel the NEED to consider these questions.
So, take a look at your life and have fun creating your own Wheel of Life!

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