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The Most Important Life Goals

Updated February 15, 2020 112.9k votes 18.9k voters 1.1m views53 items

List RulesVote up goals that you think are very important, don't vote on the goals that are only somewhat important, and downvote if they are relatively unimportant. And rank your own version of the list!

This list of the most important life goals is a summary of the personal qualities that most people would include on a life goals list. These are some good life goals to strive towards and maybe some life objectives that you don't find as relevant as other, more necessary life goals. Whatever your objective in life may be, this bucket list should help give some examples of good life goals.

Whether you're making a list of goals to redirect your life or perhaps to correct it, this list is here to help you decide what the most important goals in life should be for you. Whether you think having close relationships is the most important, or you've decided that fiscal responsibility is top priority, there are dozens of life objectives to use in deciding what you should be striving for.

What are the most important life goals? What personal goals should I set? What are the best goals for a life goals list? This list of the most relevant life goals is here as a jumping off point to compile your own life goals list. It's by no means a complete list of every necessary life goal, so if something is missing that is important when seeking to lead a happy and fulfilling life, make sure to add it so others can regard it in their list of life goals.

For some perspective on others who have looked to set good life objectives for themselves, check out notable quotes about attitude to get a positive attitude check.
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  • 1
    5,952
    585

    Being Happy

    Being happy and content; feeling satisfied with one's life; feeling good about myself
  • 2
    6,021
    620

    Enjoying Life

    Being playful, carefree, lighthearted, enjoying life; being spontaneous; exploring, being adventurous; having an exciting, stimulating life; to live for today; devoting time to amusements, recreation, entertainment, hobbies
  • 3
    5,459
    700

    Being Healthy

    Being physically active; being physically fit; being physically healthy, e.g., maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods; to be physically able to do my daily/routine activities; having athletic ability
  • 4
    4,244
    566

    Having Financial Freedom

    Buying things I want; having an easy and comfortable life
  • 5
    3,667
    572

    Pursuing Ideals & Passions

    Being really passionate about something; pursuing my ideals
  • 6
    3,103
    462

    Achieving Self-Knowledge

    Achieving personal growth; knowing myself (to be true to myself, not follow the crowd); to get in tune with my emotions; to accept myself, other people, or things as they are
  • 7
    3,621
    551

    Having Close Friendships

    Being part of a social group; having people to do things with; having close friends; making friends, drawing others near; having others to rely on
  • 8
    3,991
    696

    Achieving Intellectual Growth

    Being intelligent or smart; having intellectual experiences and conversations; getting an education; obtaining an advanced educational degree
  • 9
    2,004
    241
  • 10
    3,174
    536

    Caring for Others

    To have empathy for what others are feeling; to listen to others; to make others happy or to please others
  • 11
    1,844
    264

    Having Confidence & Autonomy

    Being confident and assured; being confident in my own judgment; being in full control of ones life; being self-sufficient, independent; setting and following my own guidelines
  • 12
    2,309
    379

    Being a Good Family Member

    Being a good parent (teaching, transmitting values); being emotionally close to my children; having a stable, secure family life (with my spouse or children, or both); having a good marriage
  • 13
    1,955
    325

    Having Stability & Safety

    Being conventional or traditional; feeling safe and secure; having stability in life, avoiding change; being taken care of; having a mentor, someone to guide me
  • 14
    2,423
    445

    Exploring

    Being able to take risks; being curious; being unique or different; having flexibility of viewpoint.
  • 15
    2,509
    429

    Doing the Right Thing

  • 16
    2,287
    435

    Fulfilling Personal Morals

    Being an ethical person; being honest; being humble; having firm values; being loyal
  • 17
    2,587
    570

    Having Emotional Intimacy

    Being emotionally intimate (close) with a romantic partner; being in love
  • 18
    1,463
    278

    Achieving Wisdom & Serenity

    Achieving harmony and oneness (with self and the universe); finding higher meaning in life; having wisdom, a mature understanding of life
  • 19
    1,956
    350
  • 20
    2,107
    380

    Being Respected

    Being respected by others; having other people trust you
  • 21
    2,109
    446

    Being Smart & Rational

    Being logical, rational; being practical, having common sense; to carefully think through decisions; to be alert or attentive
  • 22
    2,329
    492

    Being Close to Parents & Family

    Living close to my parents, siblings, grandparents; receiving help from my parents, siblings, grandparents; obeying my parents; respecting my elders
  • 23
    1,642
    297

    Avoiding Stress & Anxiety

    Avoiding anxiety; avoiding stress
  • 24
    1,806
    362

    Being Giving

    Being charitable, helping the needy, helping others; to be selfless; to put others first
  • 25
    1,677
    407

    Being Inspiring

    Inspiring others; teaching others; setting good examples for others
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