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What Should Be Your End Goal In Life Above All Else?

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What Should Be Your End Goal In Life Above All Else?

What if someone walks up to you and asks: what is your life mission? what is the one thing you have set out to do with your life?

What would your response be?

This is a question that requires some deep reflection, and it is about the end goal of your life.

It is fine to have career goals, financial goals, travel goals, and all that. But to make meaning out of life, there has to be an ultimate goal – a definite purpose around which every other thing revolves.

Let’s start with a couple of end goal examples of some of the highly successful people. Reading them might help you find some ideas on how you might write or structure your own goal.

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO

Zuckerberg is as popular as Facebook itself, and the impact of this world’s number 1 social media platform speaks loudly for itself. Facebook’s goal is:[1]

“To bring the world closer together.”

Zuckerberg did make a mention of his own goal as follows:[2].

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice.”

Jeff Bezos – Amazon CEO

Jeff Bezos founded the multinational technology company Amazon. The goal of the company, which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence, is to be:[3]

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“Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

Elon Musk – SpaceX CEO

Elon Musk created Space X, Tesla, and SolarCity to actualize his vision, which is:[4]

“To change the world and help humanity, reduce global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reduce the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.”

Oprah Winfrey – Celebrity and American Media Executive

Oprah has many goals, but one goal that seems to capture everything else is her goal:[5]

“To help people take better control of their life and destinies.”

How to Create Your End Goal in Life

When it comes to creating your life’s end goal, you have to consider certain factors to come up with a goal that is truly worth it. These include your life experiences, heart desires, personality type, potentials, and other things.

1. What Has Your Life Experience Been Like?

Your experiences in life shape you in many ways, and they can be a precursor to what would be your main goal in life. These include experiences growing up, education, career, etc.

Family Background

Family background affects your value system and can shape your thoughts about what is ideal as a life pursuit.

For example, if you are from an affluent family, you will probably be thinking in terms of continuing the legacy of your family’s wealth. And if you are from an average income family, you will want to work hard to bequeath something of great value to the generation coming after you.

If your family has a philanthropic or political legacy, you might want to tow that path too. Even if you think differently from what your background has impressed on you, it can still provide you with some clues in shaping your future.

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Educational Upbringing

The kind of formal and informal education you have had opens you up to certain areas of opportunities. Education makes a specialist out of you and determines the area of your proficiency.

Education is continuous, and you can choose to break into new areas as you progress in life. All of your education gives you capabilities for the future that is ahead of you.

Career Progression

Your experience in the world of work can help you determine your end goal.

Your career has exposed you and has shaped you for the future in many ways. If your career has made a great impression on you, seeking a broader platform in your career can be an end goal to pursue.

Other Formative Experiences

Apart from family, education, and career, there are other formative experiences you may have had that can help you realize your true dream.

This might be based on the environment you grew up in, the city or community where you live, the people you interact with, or other influences from entertainment, media, and the internet.

2. What Kind of Person Are You?

Your personality type (the kind of person you are) can influence the way you see life and set your goal.

There are about 16 personality types.

Some of these are the Analysts, which is comprised of the architect, logician, commander, and debater; Diplomats, comprised of the advocate, mediator, protagonist, and campaigner; Sentinels, referring to the logistician, defender, executive, and consul; and Explorers, which involves the virtuoso, adventurer, entrepreneur, and entertainer.[6]

When you learn more about these personality types, you will understand and appreciate your unique personality and how it sets you apart for life’s pursuits.

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3. What Are Your Burning Desires?

Desires do not really die, though they can be suppressed by other things when they are not properly nurtured.

Amid all the noises, deadlines and other work demands, some things may easily get your attention; things you feel you should have more time to do or which you can not wait to do.

Your passion is tied to the things you wish to do with your life if you had all the available time and resources. Such deep desires can indicate what your end goal should be.

4. What Are Your Potentials?

Your potentials are the qualities or abilities that you have that can be harnessed and developed for your future success.

In terms of potentials and how they connect to your goal, you can consider the following:

What Are Your Talents, Skills, and Abilities?

Life is only meaningful when talents, skills, and abilities are fully developed and deployed. These three can show you what you can do and how you can shape your goal for the future.

How Has Your Potential Defined Your Life in the Past?

The way your potentials became helpful to you in getting where you are now can also be an indicator of how they can shape your future.

What Do You See Yourself Becoming With Respect to Your Potentials?

You can envision your growth and future depending on your potential, and you can use this to formulate your goal.

5. What Is Your Public Identity/Image?

Forget about your job description for a while, and consider the following questions:

  • What do people think about you?
  • What do they look up to you for?
  • What problems are you mostly called to solve?
  • When does your opinion count?
  • What endears people to you?
  • Why do people want to have an audience with you or listen to you?
  • What do people request from you most?

Finding genuine answers to the questions above will reveal what your immediate world expects from you. It can also help you to identify what you can offer to the world.

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There are also other things that can give you ideas, such as your perception of the current and future needs in your immediate environment or around the world, and where you think you stand to help or benefit in the scheme of things.

Bringing the Pieces Together

If you carefully go through the steps outlined above, you will be able to come up with a lot of information about yourself. The next thing to do is to synchronize all the information together and identify the ones that matter most or strikes you the most.

Then look at the points of intersection between your background and family, education, career, and exposure, personality and potential, deepest desires, and public image, as well as the need(s) you have seen around you.

After this exercise, you should be able to come up with an end goal – something worth pursuing with your entire life.

Bottom Line

Your end goal might be just about anything that captures your dreams and passion.

It might be about a business that is meant to serve a unique purpose, a commitment to a cause that impacts humanity, or a mission to make a significant difference in the world in your lifetime.

You might not be able to put your end goal perfectly together at once. However, you will have to put it down first in whatever form it occurs to you.

You then have to continue refining, expanding and updating it as your journey becomes clearer to you.

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Tap Into Success With These Long-Term Career Goals Tips

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Tap Into Success With These Long-Term Career Goals Tips

I’ve been very lucky in my career to have worked with some amazing people, people who built their careers on the back of hard work, passion, and focus. But the most successful of these people had something else. Hard work, passion, and focus were there, but to get to the very top you need more than just these things; you also need solid, long-term career goals.

In this article, I will give you seven Long Term Career Goals Tips that you can use when goal setting to build a successful career.

1. Know What You Want

This one might seem obvious, but many people never take the time to think carefully about what they want to do in their career[1]. They accept jobs in industries or departments they have no interest in and soon find themselves settled into a career of misery and complaining.

It always amazes me how people spend more time planning their annual summer holiday than they do their career.

If you want to build success in your work, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to do and where you want to go. You need that North Star to guide you in your decisions and to keep you focused on where you are going with each stepping stone.

Without that clarity, you will drift from one role to another, never building any momentum towards your ultimate career goal.

2. Ask Yourself: What Skills Am I Lacking?

When we begin our working lives, we have the academic skills but lack many practical skills.

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When you know what you want to do with your career, you can identify the skills you will need. Soft skills such as relationship building, the ability to collaborate with others, and your productivity all form part of these skills, and you need to make sure you are developing them.

Invest in yourself, and for those skills that do not develop naturally, find courses online or some books to study. Once you have studied these skills, make sure you put them into practice through your long-term career goals. This one tip will put you ahead of 98% of your colleagues who treat their work as just a job that pays them money to live.

3. Know That Success Leaves a Path

I teach this one to all of my clients. In every industry, there are examples of people who started at the bottom and worked their way up to become industry leaders. Examples include Satya Nadella at Microsoft and Jony Ive at Apple. These people were not founders or entrepreneurs; they worked their way up to the top from the bottom, and left clues along the way

Whatever company you are in, there will be people who began at the bottom and worked their way up to become leaders. What kind of role models did they have? What books did they read? What skills did they develop?

I remember when I worked in the hotel industry. One of my mentors began as a receptionist. She rose to become the General Manager of my home city’s top hotel through having a clear goal, diligence, and always putting the guest first. She was tough but fair.

I learnt from her that every time you come into work, the guest was always the top priority and to always be respectful of your colleagues.

Find that one person in your industry that rose from the bottom and work out the path they took to get to where you want to be in the future. Then, map out your own path that reflects the path already taken to the top.

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4. Watercooler Gossip Will Not Help Your Career

I know it is always tempting to be the popular one in your office, to be the one everyone wants to hang out with and the one to go to when there’s some gossip to share. However, if you want to achieve your long-term career goals, don’t get involved.

Being the “office gossip” will sink your career faster than anything else. If you are serious about building a successful career, you do not have time to get involved in all this gossiping, complaining, and time wasting.

You don’t have to ignore your colleagues, but never indulge them by listening to the gossip. Make your excuses and get back to work. This one tip will safeguard your career more than any other.

5. Do Work When at Work

Your workplace is not a social club. It is a place to do the work you were employed to do.

Of course, being polite and friendly towards your colleagues is important, but never forget you are there to do work. Avoid getting yourself drawn into long conversations about that episode of Vikings or your local football team’s performance.

There is a time and place for these conversations, but it is not on company time. When at work, do your work, or you’ll never be able to make progress on your long-term career goals.

Here are some tips on how to focus on work: 15 Quick Ways To Focus on Work Easily

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6. Focus on How You Can Be Better

One of the qualities I have seen in all successful career builders is they have a “How can I do it better?” mindset. They are always asking themselves how they can do their work better, or how could they have solved that problem better.

It is a mindset of continuous self-improvement, and it is a practice that can catapult you to the top faster than anything else.

Look for parts of your work that are taking too much time and figure out how to streamline. Or, identify ways you could better serve your team and begin to implement them. Any of these can serve you when you’re creating long-term career goals.

Often, new working practices are welded on to old ones, and this leads to inefficiencies and duplication, especially if you’re in a leadership position. Find those inefficiencies and develop better ways of doing that work. This habit is always appreciated by your bosses and tells them you are serious about your work.

7. Model Successful Behaviors

Find the person at the top and work out how they got there. This does not necessarily mean the person at the top of your company; it means the person at the top of your industry.

If you are an architect, find out how Sir Frank Foster built his career. If you are a writer, find out how Stephen King or Maya Angelou gained experience and built their careers.

These people have shown you how to do it, and they left clues. Read everything you can about them, learn from them, and model their work habits.

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Modeling does not mean copying. It means taking the traits they used and adapting them to work best for you.

My legal hero was a British lawyer, George Carmen QC. When I began my legal career, I read everything I could about George Carmen QC. I learned that the key skill that led to his success was his ability to communicate with juries. He was a brilliant communicator, and I realized the one skill I could learn that would have a huge impact on my career was the ability to communicate with people.

While I did not ultimately follow a legal career, that skill of being good at communicating has served me well in all the industries I have worked in.

The Bottom Line

Whatever career path you are following, these tips will serve you well as you aim to create long-term career goals that will point you in the right direction. Creating clear short and long-term goals around the above tips will give you the advantages you need to build a wildly successful career. They are tested, they work, and all you need to do is to adapt them so they work for you.

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