What is the ultimate goal?
People who consciously plan and set consistent, well-thought-out goals, are more likely to achieve them.
A simple task to map out your life goals is to write down 25 things you want to achieve in the next 5-10 years.
Any 25 things. Go wild. Be imaginative. How much further in life can you be in 5-10 years?
The first 5-10 things are quite easy
Graduate school, learn a new language, travel to XYZ country, get a job at company XYZ, lose 10 pounds…
Then you start thinking of even greater things.
Do you want to start a business?
Do you want to make $100,000 annual income, or $1,000,000?
The key here is to both go broad and reach high because most people overestimate what they can accomplish in the short-run, but underestimate what they can accomplish in the long-run.
Now you have your list of 25.
Circle the 5 most important.
What do you do with the rest of the 20 goals?
Forget about them.
The ultimate goal here is to do everything in your power to achieve those 5 circled goals.
This means that everytime you have a few extra hours, you are working towards those goals. Every event, every class, every project you embark on, has to somehow relate to those 5 circled goals. Otherwise, you are wasting your time.