A great job, a happy family, tremendous wealth — ambition makes you reach for what you think is important, but is that really what you want? To set your life goals, first picture what your "average perfect day" would be like, says Arina Nikitina, author of Real Goal Getting guide.
This isn't about that moment when you achieve your target, nor about the moment of elation in doing something great. It's about "average". A day that falls into your routine and one that you would happily re-live.
When you have that picture in your mind, take a piece of paper and write down your perfect schedule for that day.
What time do you wake up?
What do you do once you are awake?
Do you kiss your beautiful spouse?
Do you open the windows and head to the beach to do your 20 minutes of Sun Salutations and 10-minute meditation?
Do you say "Thank you" for all the blessings that you've been given?
Then what do you do?
Write it down as detailed as possible, following your average perfect day step by step.
This perfect day should give you the template of what you need to do to get there, starting with little habits that you can instill immediately. If you can't figure it out, you can still turn vague goals into actionable to-dos. For the bigger changes, Nikitina recommends starting small — something that you can achieve easily and realistically. No matter what, you have to work towards and achieve your goals.
One of the Best Goal Setting Exercises [Lifehack]