Personal Goals Setting – Know Your Dream and Define Your Personal Goals

Do you know that you must set your personal goals to achieve your dreams? Rarely do people just succeed without having a plan, and even having a general roadmap for what you want to accomplish is better than no plan at all. Still, everyone is unique, and one man’s meat is another man’s poison, so while some people may thrive under a rigorous to-do list, others might become so overwhelmed that they lose motivation.

Therefore, since everyone has different dreams, energy levels, and time, it is probably best to simply define what you want in life and set the personal goals that matter to you.

Broadly, you may want to achieve goals in each of these areas in your life:

  1. Relationship and family
  2. Health and physic
  3. Career
  4. Finance
  5. Community/environment : giving back to society and making the world a better place.
  6. Spiritual/moral

There is nothing like a dream to create the future ~ by Victor Hugo.

According to the cognitive performance company, ModUp, the first step in setting goals is simply to take a bit of time to think about what you want in life. List all that you want to do, see, accomplish, and have on a piece of paper. If you can, prioritize your list of goals. Make the activity fun! You can even color code each of the goals so they correspond with one of the broad categories listed above.


With that, you will need to trim the lists to a small number of significant goals which you want to focus upon in the next 12 months (or more depending on your preference). It’s good to keep the number small for both the goals and the months. Three to five goals are a good number, and a 12 month period is a good time frame to work with.

  1. Set big goals
    Example: Improve health.
  2. Set specific goals under the big goals. The goal need to be specific, measurable, realistic and attainable and within specific time frame.
    Example: Reduce 5kg within 6 months.
  3. Set a game plan to achieve the goals
    Example: Go to gym 3 times a week. Hire personal instructors to help with the program.
  4. Goal review quarterly/half yearly

On yearly basis, it is good to relook at the big goals:

  1. 1) Your priority may have changed, therefore the goals may have changed.
  2. 2) You have achieved the goals.
  3. 3) Although the big goals still applicable, but the specific goals have changed and need revision.

Last but not least, according to self-help expert Tony Robbins, in defining and setting up personal goals, remember to live your own dream and not others’ dream and expectation.