Setting Personal Life Goals

Setting Personal Life GoalsAs a real estate agent, you know the importance of setting work goals and career benchmarks to ensure that you are on track to achieve the kind of success you want to see in your business. However, how much attention do you devote to setting some personal life goals for yourself? Besides being successful in your profession, what else makes you happy?

Personally, I find it helpful to take stock four times a year about my bigger life goals. It gives me a chance to reflect on where I’ve been and assess how well I’ve done at achieving my goals. It also helps me to break down some of my big goals into things that I can work on every day. I realize that I don’t need to spend a lot of time on them, but just by making time for them, I feel energized and connected.

Besides your career aspirations, below are six areas of life where you can set some goals for yourself. Give yourself a rating for how important these goals are to you with 1 being ‘not at all important’ and 10 being ‘extremely important’:

Financial – What do you want to create and make possible for yourself?

Family – What kinds of things do you want to do with your family? How much time do you want to spend daily or weekly?

Physical – What kinds of goals do you want to set for yourself that keep you healthy and active?

Personal Development – What do you want to achieve for your own education and growth?

Passion – What are the things that give you greatest pleasure? Travel? An artistic endeavor? Whatever it is, make time for the things you love. It will keep you enjoying your life to the fullest.

Civic Engagement – What kind of contribution do you want to make to your community? Are there charities or causes that you believe strongly in?

Keep It Manageable

Now that you’ve identified what kinds of personal goals you want to set for yourself, you’re probably thinking, “But how do I find the time?” The key to not getting overwhelmed with your goals is to break them down into manageable pieces. For example, making time for my family is really important to me but with parents and four siblings (two who live in distant places, Montreal and Glasgow), it’s not always easy to see them. So, I make it a mini-goal to connect with at least one person in my family every day by phone for a few minutes. That is definitely doable.

Combining Goals

The other thing that works for me is to combine some of my goals. For instance, I love the French language! So, I brought this passion to my volunteering and for several years I worked with a local immigrant settlement organization where I helped French-language speaking immigrants with their transition into the community. The experience fulfilled both my desire to help a local cause and my passion to practice speaking French. Think about how you can combine some of your goals.

Goals and Deadlines

The important thing to consider when setting your goals is to schedule in some time and deadlines to achieve them. Without a date, you’ll end up with a “someday” goal, or more mildly put, a wish. If you don’t already set life goals, start now and you’ll experience a more fulfilling life. To help get you started, I invite you to book a free 20-minute consultation with me.

This post has 3 comments

  • Daniel from Toronto says:

    Your point about making a deadline is a good one. I learned that one a few years ago and have found that deadlines are constant motivators in my life. Whenever I’m lacking in clients, I make a new plan with new deadlines and it sets me back on track.

    Thanks for your post!

    – Dan (Toronto)

  • Margaux says:

    Fantastic tips – thanks and keep them coming please! :)

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