Types Of Goals You Should Be Setting

Types Of Goals You Should Be Setting

Goal-setting is a very straight-forward process once you know how to do it – and very necessary when it comes to thought manifestation. However sometimes, for most of us, once you actually need to sit down and do so, your mind just hits a blank – something that feels quite similar to what writers call "writer's block."

You, better than anyone, know what your goals are. That said, one of the obstacles you might be facing is the question of how to categorise your goals to begin with – what types of goals are there and where do you actually start?

Milestones, Goals and Tasks

The first thing to realise is that there is one big difference between a milestone and a goal, even though they do have a lot of similarity. A lot of people categorise their goals as short-, medium to long-term. However, I've found it more useful to categorise my goals in terms of "objectives," and keeping the following in mind, while doing so:

  • A goal is the end-result – the situation you would like to find yourself in at a specific time in the future. It is the result of a combination of projects that you have completed that then provides you with the ability to embrace a new reality. Goals are usually specified as medium- to long-term.
  • A milestone is the result of a short-term project with a very specific outcome – something you break up into tasks and take action on, to see results within a couple of days-, weeks or months.
  • A task is something that you can take immediate action on, if you choose to do so – or at least, within the next day or two.

Types of Goals

Now that we have established some terminology, the next step is to look at those concepts in detail. A goal is just an end-result of the outcome from a combination of milestones – or projects. A project or milestone is the outcome of a combination of tasks.

The results of goals and projects have a fixed point in the future. However tasks, are slightly different, as they can be a one-time occurrence or can actually occur more than once, on a flexible, but defined schedule.

That is why, when setting goals, it is easier to try and differentiate your goals using the concepts above – all of them are, in essence, types of goals. However, once you actually need to start writing them down, not recognising the slight conceptual differences between them, can literally lock up your mind and put your brain into a mode you have probably heard of before (and trust me, most of us have): paralysis by over-analysis.

Here is a very short, concise example of setting a goal:

  • Goal

    I am debt-free by 1 February 20xx

  • Project / Milestone

    The financing on my car is paid off.

  • One-time task

    Reorganise and define my budget to get rid of unnecessary expenses.

  • Continuous task

    Pay an extra $500 per month into my finance account, as defined by my reorganised budget.

8 Types Of Goals

So, even though what we have discussed so far are three different types of goals – in other words, three sides of the same coin, so to speak; most of us want to know how to take that knowledge and apply it to the different parts of our lives.

What follows are eight different types (along with some basic example questions) of goals you can set, using the concepts we have discussed above:

  • Physical and Health

    Do you want to achieve a certain look? Would you like to get a medal for a physical event? Would you like to overcome a physical handicap or illness?

  • Mental and Spiritual

    Would you like to be able to dream lucidly? Would you like to focus more on your spiritual awareness?

  • Home and Relaxation

    Do you have any DIY home improvements that you would like to do? Do you want to find a hobby?

  • Financial and Professional

    Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to make more money? Would you like to start a part-time business or swap careers?

  • Friends and Family

    Are you spending enough time with your family? Are you connecting enough with your family? Do you want to see your friends more?

  • Romantic and Intimate

    Do you want to find a partner for this life? If you have one, would you like to make an effort to get to know them better?

  • Influence and Reputation

    Would you like to be known in your community for something? Do you feel your reputation has suffered in the past and you would like to fix it?

  • Toys and Travel

    Would you like to visit the Seychelles? How about that new house, car, boat or motorcycle?

  • Creative and Altruistic

    Would you like to write that new book? How about that painting you know is forming in your mind's eye? Do you have an idea on how to give some help to people in need?

  • Skills and Knowledge

    Would you like to learn to play the guitar? How about how to trade on the markets? Would you like to know how to programme a computer?


As we have seen in this article, a goal is not merely a two-dimensional concept – its better to view them as three-dimensional with multiple facets to keep in mind when putting them down. They are three-dimensional, in the sense that you can view them from multiple angles and see the same thing, but with a different facet exposed to you, depending on your point of view.

In other words the types of goals you set depend on from which direction you are approaching it.

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