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Where do you start with goal setting?

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Setting clear, specific personal goals is the key to living the life of your dreams. As easy as this may sound, it can often be truly challenging. It can be easier to think of what you don’t want rather than what you do want in your life. However, if you don’t set yourself goals, you can easily end up living your life without clear direction and purpose. This can result in you finding yourself responding to circumstances and being a passenger in your own life rather than being in the driving seat. So, where do you start?


Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pen and start writing your list. Answer the following questions:

  • What is it that you really, REALLY want? Don’t think about the how, just focus on the what.

  • What do you want to do, be and have? Think about your health, wealth, relationships, experiences, education and lifestyle.

Write down whatever comes to mind. Your goals list is fluid and you can always go back and amend it. You now have the basis for creating your dream life. The next stage is to turn your list into specific, measurable, time-bound goals that will propel you into action and achievement.


In 2008, at the age of 41, I started to build my list of goals. Since then, my list has been regularly tweaked and updated as I achieve goals or am inspired to think of new goals. My list currently stands at 95 goals, both big and small, and my intention is to keep adding to it. The goals I have achieved so far are indicated in bold. I strongly encourage you to start your list right now.

 

Maria Elena’s Goals

August 2021

Personal Development & Achievements

1 Learn some Cantonese

2 Learn how to sail

3 Learn the different types of yoga

4 Write an article for the AWA magazine

5 Run volunteer English conversation classes for students in HK

6 Learn to play mah-jong

7 Do the B2 level DELE exam

8 Go to Zumba classes

9 Take tennis lessons and attain a good intermediate level

10 Take a Qi-Jong and a Tai Chi class.

11 Read Isabel Allende novels in Spanish

12 Do a post-graduate degree in Spanish

13 Do volunteer work in a Spanish speaking country with Projects Abroad

14 Attend a live Jack Canfield event

15 Write a book

16 Establish a meditation practice

17 Join a gym and use it

18 Speak at Toastmasters

19 Buy an ebike and start going on cycling trips

20 Own a Mercedes Coupe and an Audi TT

21 Have toned upper arms

22 Own a second home in Sóller, Mallorca

23 Learn how to make my own clothes properly

24 Read Don Quijote and War & Peace

25 Speak Spanish at C2 level

26 Write an article for ECOS magazine

27 Devise a capsule black wardrobe

28 Be an online volunteer for the United Nations

29 Do a summer course at the University of Salamanca, Spain

30 Make a short video

31 Attend a Jack Canfield Mastermind Retreat

32 Do volunteer work in Germany connected to clothing.

33 Do the Cousera Positive Psychology course

34 Do the Cousera Buddhism and Modern Psychology course

35 Learn EFT Tapping

36 Organise a Facebook Challenge

Work & Career

37 Become qualified as an English as a Second Language Teacher

38 Teach at schools in Hong Kong

39 Give adult English conversation classes at VHS

40 Devise and run short courses at VHS

41 Become a Certified Canfield Trainer

42 Teach Business English in a company

43 Teach at a German university

44 Give Success Principles workshops online

45 Set up my own website

46 Run my own business with friends

47 Teach a short summer course at a Spanish university

48 Run weekend workshops in Mallorca for women

49 Devise and run Find Your Style workshops for women 50+

50 Volunteer at a Jack Canfield event in Europe

Travel & Experiences

51 Go to the Olympics

52 Visit New Zealand

53 Visit The Philippines

54 Spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia

55 Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia

56 Visit the Great Wall of China

57 Visit Japan

58 Visit Bangkok

59 Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

60 Visit Machu Picchu, Perú

61 Go the opera at The Met, New York

62 Visit the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

63 Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

64 Spend a winter weekend in Vienna, take a waltz class and go to the opera.

65 Go on a cruise

66 Visit Chichén Itzá, Mexico

67 Go on a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka

68 Visit Dubrovnic

69 Visit Marrakech, Morocco

70 See Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer playing live

71 Stay at the Hotel Los Reyes Catolicos in Santiago de Compostela

72 Visit the Prado museum in Madrid. See Las Meninas.

73 Visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

74 Holiday in the South of France and Corsica

75 Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

76 Go to a Marc Anthony concert

77 Go to the US Open tennis and sit courtside

78 See the men’s Wimbledon final from Centre Court front row.

79 See the French Open tennis men’s semi-finals from courtside seats.

80 Go on a meditation retreat

81 Cycle from Verona to Venice

82 Visit Valencia in Spain, eat paella and see Las Fallas

83 Tour Andalucia and watch Flamenco dancing in Seville

84 Holiday in The Maldives

85 Go to the opera in Verona, Italy

86 Go to India, see the Taj Mahal and take a yoga class

87 See a Mozart opera at the Salzburger Festspiele

88 Visit Sweden

89 Visit Copenhagen

90 Spend 4 days at the Ayuverda Parkschlossen Hotel, Germany

91 Go to a Kaliyoga Yoga Retreat in Spain

92 Walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

93 Learn to paint with oils.

94 Learn to play the guitar

95 Cycle the Loire Valley, France

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