thought provoking The Most Important Life Goals  

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List Rules Vote up goals that you think are very important, don't vote if only somewhat important, downvote if relatively unimportant. And rerank!

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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Enjoying Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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Being Healthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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6,113 568
Being Happy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Happy Being happy and content; feeling satisfied with one's life; feeling good about myself

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4,069 680
Achieving Intellectual Growth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Achieving Intellectual Growth Being intelligent or smart; having intellectual experiences and conversations; getting an education; obtaining an advanced educational degree

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Pursuing Ideals & Passions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Pursuing Ideals & Passions Being really passionate about something; pursuing my ideals

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Having Financial Freedom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Financial Freedom Buying things I want; having an easy and comfortable life

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Having Close Friendships is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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Achieving Self-Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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3,388 553
Caring for Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Caring for Others To have empathy for what others are feeling; to listen to others; to make others happy or to please others

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Having Emotional Intimacy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Emotional Intimacy Being emotionally intimate (close) with a romantic partner; being in love

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Fulfilling Personal Morals is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Fulfilling Personal Morals Being an ethical person; being honest; being humble; having firm values; being loyal

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Being Close to Parents & F... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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Doing the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
JesseGraham added Doing the Right Thing

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Being a Good Family Member is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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2,639 478
Exploring is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Exploring Being able to take risks; being curious; being unique or different; having flexibility of viewpoint.

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Being Smart & Rational is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Smart & Rational Being logical, rational; being practical, having common sense; to carefully think through decisions; to be alert or attentive

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2,002 295
Having Confidence & Autono... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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Being Respected is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Respected Being respected by others; having other people trust you

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Having Stability & Safety is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
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

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Being Giving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Giving Being charitable, helping the needy, helping others; to be selfless; to put others first

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Having Occupational Success is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Occupational Success Being successful in my occupation; having a good job; having an occupation; keeping up to date with career-related knowledge; having work I really like

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Appreciating Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Appreciating Beauty Appreciating fine design; learning and appreciating the arts; being creative (e.g., artistically, scientifically, intellectually); experiencing natural beauty

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Having Money & Wealth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Money & Wealth Achieving lifetime financial security; being able to meet my financial needs; making a lot of money; having enough money to leave for my descendants; providing for ones family

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Peace Of Mind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Life Goals

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Being Inspiring is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Inspiring Inspiring others; teaching others; setting good examples for others

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Achieving Wisdom & Serenit... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Achieving Wisdom & Serenity Achieving harmony and oneness (with self and the universe); finding higher meaning in life; having wisdom, a mature understanding of life

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Having Sexual Intimacy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Sexual Intimacy Being able to attract a sexual partner; having sexual experiences

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Travel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Life Goals

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Being Organized & Efficien... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Organized & Efficient Keeping things in order (my desk, office, house, etc.); to keep things manageable; to make plans; to attend to details.; to get things right (accurate, correct); to be efficient, not waste time; to be on time; to do things quickly

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Avoiding Stress & Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Avoiding Stress & Anxiety Avoiding anxiety; avoiding stress

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Get Plenty of Sleep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
BostonBruins added Get Plenty of Sleep If you drive to work tired you might kill an innocent cyclist or pedestrian and their family will not appreciate it.

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Achieving Mastery & Persev... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Achieving Mastery & Perseverance Accomplishing difficult things, overcoming challenges; overcoming failure; mastering what I set out to do; being ambitious, hard-working; being highly competent

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Being Self-Regulated is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Self-Regulated Being disciplined, following my intentions with behavior; to be self controlled; being responsible, dependable

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Fulfilling Social Values is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Fulfilling Social Values Promoting a world at peace; promoting equality; promoting justice and fairness; being committed to a cause (e.g., environment, anti crime, anti drugs)

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Being Interpersonally Effectiv... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being Interpersonally Effective Be less shy or more assertive; sharing my feelings with others; to communicate or express myself

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Sharing Life is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Life Goals

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To Get Back Up is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
kaylive added To Get Back Up your going to fail sometimes, get back up

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Achieving Religion & Spiri... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Achieving Religion & Spirituality Achieving salvation; maintaining religious faith; pleasing God; practicing religious traditions; growing spiritually; avoiding impure acts

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Influencing Others is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Influencing Others Controlling others; making decisions for others; to get revenge (get even, get back, etc.); to have others give me what I want

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Avoiding Harm is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Avoiding Harm Avoiding feelings of guilt; avoiding regrets; avoiding physical harm

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Having Technical Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Having Technical Knowledge Being able to analyze and synthesize information; being good at working with mechanical objects and technology; understanding how physical objects/systems work

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Never Go to Jail is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Never Go to Jail

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Being a Leader is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Being a Leader Being a leader, being in charge; influencing, persuading others; to enforce accountability

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Getting Love Form Others is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
djericmilos16 added Getting Love Form Others

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Christian Values is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Life Goals

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Getting Respect from Others is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
madskillz532 added Getting Respect from Others

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Humility is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
slaft added Humility

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Avoiding Conflict is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
Avoiding Conflict To avoid conflict with others; to avoid hurting (annoying, upsetting, etc.) others

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Forgiving is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
slaft added Forgiving

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Having the Ability to Discern ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Life Goals
hannah-daugherty added Having the Ability to Discern Between Right and Wrong