Setting goals creates motivation and meaning in our lives. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Kick off with our customizable goals in life for women.
Goal setting matters.
Research has shown that having goals does all sorts of great things for us.
It can increase our motivation, improve our performance and self-confidence, and support feelings of independence and agency.
Awesome. Except it’s not like there’s a package of goals in life for a woman that you can pick up at your local store.
We’re just all so different. What motivates and gives meaning to one person won’t do the same for everyone.
The process of goal setting is deeply personal.
It means asking ourselves big questions about what we really want out of life—not what others want for us.
And yep, that can take a deep dive into the soul.
So while we can’t set your goals for you, we can give you a blueprint for how you can navigate this journey.
Ready to explore? Let’s go.
In this article: 📝
- What is a good personal life goal?
- What are life goals examples?
- Long-term goals for a woman
- Personal goals for a woman
What is a good personal life goal?
Studies abound.) on the hows and whys of setting effective goals to cultivate motivation, high performance, and persistence. And two essential features stand out.
Goals need to be:
Too vague or too easy and they may not work as they should.
That’s why popular tools such as S.M.A.R.T. goals exist to help you set goals that will be meaningful in your life.
What is a SMART goal?
A S.M.A.R.T. goal is:
- Specific, meaning it is clearly defined.
- Measurable, meaning you have some way of measuring its success.
- Achievable, meaning it is actually possible.
- Relevant, meaning that it matters to your life in a way that is significant to you.
- Time-bound, meaning that there’s a deadline. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to lose focus.
The S.M.A.R.T. system works great for many people, but there are other options, too.
For example, H.A.R.D. (Heartfelt, Animated, Required, Difficult) goals can also be effective.
And then there is a whole other system called Tiny Goals, where you create bite-sized, manageable goals that are easy to achieve.
By taking small steps, you can slowly move towards success without feeling overwhelmed by a large goal looming over your head.
What are life goals examples?
A life goal can be anything from getting a Ph.D. to learning to play the cello to waking up earlier everyday.
It can focus on your family or professional life or be a way to develop yourself and your habits.
Looking into the distant future can be daunting.
There’s so much that we just don’t know about how things will transpire and how our priorities might change and grow as we get older.
One way to begin the goal-setting process is through something called Ryff’s theory.
According to this theory, human beings strive for these six experiences:
- Positive relationships with others
- Autonomy—We want to feel in charge of our journey.
- Environmental mastery—We want to feel as though we can shift our circumstances if we would like to.
- Personal growth
- Life purpose
Rating each of these areas can help you see where you’re at in your life and what you would like to work on in the future.
This can be a great basis for you to start figuring out authentic goals that matter to you.
Then, once you have this information, consider what areas of your life you’d like to set goals for—your health, education, relationships, career?
It can be tempting to set goals for all parts of your life, but overwhelm is real—so be gentle with yourself.
Once you’ve written your goals down, check them against either the S.M.A.R.T. or H.A.R.D. methods to see if some revisions are in order.
To get you started, we’ll give you some examples of goals in life that you can customize to suit your needs.
Long-term goals for a woman
These are goals that might take you years to achieve–but imagine the payoff in the end!
It might help to break them down into smaller goals on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
- Learn [INSERT NAME OF LANGUAGE].
- Take a trip to [INSERT DREAM DESTINATION].
- Save [X AMOUNT] of dollars by [INSERT YEAR] for [INSERT PURPOSE].
- Write a novel/play/collection of short stories/poetry book.
- Pay off [INSERT DEBT].
- Get promoted to a new position by [INSERT YEAR].
- Make a career move to [INSERT NEW FIELD].
- Kick [INSERT BAD HABIT] by [INSERT DATE].
- Move to [INSERT DREAM CITY].
- Climb [INSERT BIG MOUNTAIN].
- Learn how to play [INSERT INSTRUMENT].
- Save money for a downpayment on a house.
- Improve my running time to [X MILES] in [X MINUTES].
- Start a podcast.
- Start a small business that I’m passionate about.
- Get a pet.
- Start a family (whatever that looks like to you).
- Start a vegetable garden.
- Get involved with a local political campaign.
- Learn coding.
- Mentor a child that needs help.
- Learn weaving/knitting/pottery/crocheting/sewing.
- Declutter. (Do this one cupboard at a time, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.)
- Open a restaurant/cafe/coffee shop.
- Become my own boss.
Personal goals for a woman
In addition to the longer-term goals above, it can be rewarding to have smaller goals that you can accomplish totally in an hour, day, or week.
Here are some ideas.
- Wake up at [INSERT TIME] so I can [JOURNAL/EXERCISE/HAVE SOME TIME TO MYSELF ETC.]
- Spend [X AMOUNT OF TIME] on [INSERT PASSION] daily.
- Go on one “date” with my kid every week where we just get to be together away from the pressures and stress of life.
- Create a better work-life balance by turning off my computer at [INSERT TIME] every day.
- Eat three healthy meals a day.
- Spend one digital-free day a week. (There are many reasons this may not be possible in your life. A few hours is also fine. You do what works for you.)
- Say/write positive affirmations before heading out of the house every morning.
- Volunteer at [INSERT ORGANIZATION] [INSERT FREQUENCY].
- Read a book a week.
- Learn how to cook [INSERT FAVORITE DISH].
- Attend a weekly dance class.
- Take a course on [INSERT INTERESTING TOPIC].
- Visit/call my parents [INSERT FREQUENCY].
- Start a daily meditation practice.
- Create a website to promote my work.
- Drink eight glasses of water every day.
- Get on (or off) a dating app.
- Go skydiving/whitewater rafting/bungee jumping.
- Reach out to a friend in need at least once a week.
- Eat vegetarian at least twice a week.
- Make contact with a person who inspires me.
- Perform my music/poetry/dance in front of a live audience.
- See a counselor or life coach.
- Practice deep breathing throughout the day.
If you need help choosing a goal or want support for reaching your goal, the Peanut community is a great resource.
Good luck! We believe in you!
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