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Published on April 23, 2020

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

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.

Below is a walkthrough on how you can create an end goal for your life.

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.

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.

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.[1]

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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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.

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.

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.

End Goal Examples of Highly Successful People

Here are some end goal samples curated from statements made by some influential figures.

Reading them might help you find some ideas on how you might write or structure your own goal.

1. 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:[2]

“To bring the world closer together.”

Zuckerberg did make a mention of his own goal as follows:[3].

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

2. 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:[4]

“Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

3. Elon Musk – SpaceX CEO

Elon Musk created Space X, Tesla, and SolarCity to actualize his vision, which is:[5]

“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.”

4. Oprah Winfrey – Celebrity and American Media Executive

Oprah has many goals, but one goal that seems to capture everything else is her goal:[6]

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

Final Thoughts

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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How To Use Goals and Dreams To Achieve Personal Success

How To Use Goals and Dreams To Achieve Personal Success

Goals and dreams are two concepts that are often used interchangeably in the quest for success. Although they can be used to complement one another, they do mean different things. This article looks at what goals and dreams are and how they can be used hand-in-hand in order to achieve personal success.

What Are Goals?

There are different ways to describe what goals are; it can be said that goals are the desired outcomes that you have plans and commitment to achieve. What makes goals spectacular is that the things you want to achieve are clearly defined with a timeframe within which they should be achieved.

Here are some examples of goals:

  • Get certified in analytics in three months
  • Celebrate child’s 5th birthday in Disneyland
  • Attain financial freedom at 50
  • Read and finish at least one book monthly
  • Watch the next Olympic games live

What Are Dreams?

Dreams are thoughts, imaginations, and aspirations that are often about what we desire to attain, experience, or achieve. Dreams can be spontaneous, or they can be desires that we have nursed over a long time. Our dreams are often shaped and influenced by what we see regularly around us, the things we have heard or read about, or the things people we admire are doing.

Here are some examples of dreams:

  • Attend an Ivy League Institution
  • Own a company
  • Be debt-free
  • Be healthy and fit
  • Travel the world

Differences Between Goals and Dreams

There is no need to confuse goals and dreams when you know their differences[1] and how they can work together to facilitate success. The following are some useful insights about goals and dreams.

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Thoughts and Imagination Vs. Plans and Action

In order to have a dream, you need to engage your thoughts and imagination. This means thinking deeply about what you want to achieve, where you want to go, and to what extent you want to achieve those things. For dreams, everything ends in the realm of imagination if nothing is done thereafter.

Unlike dreams, goals require a commitment towards achieving the desired end. This includes deciding the size of the goals, planning the order of events that will lead to achieving them, and the timeline within which they should be achieved.

Spontaneity Vs. Thoughtfulness

You can have a dream anytime, anyhow, and without any form of preparation or formality. This is not the same with goals. Goals must be set thoughtfully, and conscientiously. They must be clearly written down and should be S.M.A.R.T.

Dreams Come Before Goals

It would be right to say that there is no goal without a dream. Dreams must come first because dreams give birth to goals. You must have a desire and nurture it in your mind until it becomes a burning desire that you are ready to pursue. That is when they can be turned to goals.

Captured Dreams Become Goals

There can be dreams without goals. Dreams can go on and on and end only in fantasy. However, when they are captured, they can become actionable goals that can, indeed, materialize.

There is a Yoruba proverb that can be translated thus: “S/he who finds money in the dream and gets excited should be told to focus on working hard so as not to become a victim of poverty.” While the proverb is primarily about night dreams, it can apply to imaginative dreaming, too.

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To realize your dream, it must be captured and turned into goals; then, you will have to create a goals strategy and follow it up with hardwork.

Goals Require Steps

Goals are the steps you set out to take after you are convinced that your dream is truly worth it. These steps will outline what you should do and how you should do them to attain your dream.

Dreams Are Free, but Goals Come With a Price

Dreams come without costs. You can dream as many times as you want in a day without restriction. However, goals are not like that. You have to think about whether your goals are achievable or not when setting them. Because of the costs (sacrifices) associated with getting your goals done, it places a limit on which goals you can set per time.

Lack of Limits Vs. Defined Objectives

There are no structures to dreams, neither are there limits to how far you can dream. But goals have to be framed. They must be clearly defined with measurable objectives and a timeline.

Inspiration Vs. Creating Change

You can dream to inspire yourself and aspire to a greater future, but if you want to experience real change, you have to be specific about what you want and how you want to get there. Goals are the commitments made towards creating change.

How to Turn Your Dreams Into Actionable Goals

To help you take your dreams to the next level, follow these tips and create actionable goals.

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1. Make Your Dream Clear and Solid

Before your dream can become ripe enough to be turned into an actionable goal, you have to be clear about what you really want. Your dream has to go from imagination to reality. Here are some things that can be done to make your dreams clear.[2]

Take Inspiration From Success Stories

Read inspiring stories of successful people to think through your own dreams. Such stories will help you to put your dreams in the proper perspective.

Envision Your Future

Engage the power of vision in picturing your own future. Let your mind be in tune with what you desire for yourself. It is a known truth that you are always drawn towards the pictures you have in your mind.

Think About Your Dream

The mind is very powerful, and it has the ability to create imaginary concepts that can be turned into reality. Most of the edifices you can see existed first in the realm of the mind.

See the Big Picture

Dreams are free, so think big. See the bigger picture of your dream, the highest possible level you think you can attain.

Write Down Your Dream

Capture your dreams by writing them down. This will make them clearer. You don’t have to be economical while writing them down. Just write them the way they occur to you.

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2. Break Your Dream Into Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

You might not be able to pursue your dream in its raw state, and that is why goals are needed. You should have a plan and structure for achieving your dream, and this will include setting both short-term and long-term goals that will get you on the path of your dream.

Short-term goals are goals that you set to achieve from now up to 3 months or in less than a year. Long-term goals are goals that can take anywhere from 1 to 3 years to achieve. Your short-term goals are actually your stepping stones towards achieving the long-term goals and ultimately leading you to your dream.

3. Make the Goals SMART

What makes a goal statement differ from a dream statement is that goals should be S.M.A.R.T when framing them. This means that each of the goals you set towards achieving your dream must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Time-Sensitive.

For more on S.M.A.R.T goals, check out this article.

4. Break Each Goal Into Milestones

Beyond creating goals that are SMART, you should also break each goal into milestones. Milestones are small steps (miniature goals) that can be achieved within a very short time. When you achieve these smaller goals, it keeps you motivated to keep getting closer to your big dream without feeling overwhelmed. You can keep your eyes on the big dream while focusing on the milestones.

Final Thoughts

Anyone can have dreams to create a picture of their own future. If you are not satisfied with your current state, all you have to do is dream. If you have achieved your dreams, then it’s time to dream again or inspire others to dream.

You can achieve anything that your mind can conceive if you take the time to turn them into goals. Make your dreams big, but set smaller goals to move progressively towards the realization of your big dream.

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