120 Best Dreams and Goals Examples to Set and Achieve

A few years ago, I was stuck in a seriously deep rut. My life was feeling like one big, long, never-ending monotonous day. I went to work, I came home and watched TV, went to bed, and did it all over again the next day. My life lacked purpose, and I felt like my actions had no meaning.

If you haven’t thought much about your own dreams and goals, the chances are this might sound a lot like your own life. There is some comfort in a predictable routine, but it can become dull when your life seems to lack any real meaning or purpose.

For me, it took some serious motivation from my wife (who has always been a goals driven person) to pull me out of my slump. She helped me realize that I would be much happier and more fulfilled if I started thinking about the big dreams and goals that I wanted to work toward throughout my life. The problem is that I didn’t really have dreams or any sort of clear vision of the big things I wanted to accomplish in my life. 

If you are finding yourself in a similar sort of slump, or you are just looking to set life goals for yourself, you are in the right place! My goal is to share a list of 120 dreams and goals examples that will inspire you to start doing something today that your future self will thank you for

Pick and choose from the dreams and goals examples on this list to create your own list of big dream goals that motivate and inspire you to live a life of passion and purpose. Then, create a vision map or a vision board to start visualizing the next steps forward. With a clear path and a sense of direction, your biggest, craziest dreams are within reach!

What Are Personal Life Goals and How Do You Reach Them?

Your personal life goals are the things you want to accomplish in the time you have on this planet. Your list of life goals will be unique to you since it is your life to live! Some people dream of having their own business and working toward a big financial goal, while others may be more interested in focusing on their personal development. 

In my life coaching experience, I always remind goal chasers that, regardless of what your important life goals and dreams are, the first step is to make sure that they are SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable goals that are relevant to your sense of purpose in your life. Establishing a specific time frame will also help you stay motivated to keep working toward your goals.

Now, just because a goal is SMART doesn’t mean it can’t be ambitious (or even a tad bit ridiculous!). At Joyful Through It All, we like to set goals that are ridiculously ambitious (see example #50 on the list below!). Important life goals should stretch you outside of your comfort zone. They should be possible, but inspiring enough that you want to pursue them.

Whether you are setting short-term goals or long-term goals, you should be able to set and follow an action plan to achieve them. Because a goal without a plan is just a wish!

Let’s get into these 120 dreams and goals examples!

Personal Growth Dreams and Goals Examples

  1. Practice mindfulness to complain less.
  2. Regularly express gratitude to enhance well-being.
  3. Align your daily actions with intentional living.
  4. Adopt a growth mindset to embrace challenges.
  5. Take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone.
  6. Establish healthy boundaries in relationships.
  7. Overcome the habit of people-pleasing.
  8. Make self-love a daily practice.
  9. Cultivate the habit of giving yourself grace.
  10. Discover and pursue your life passion.
  11. Find and live your life purpose.
  12. Cultivate strong relationships with family members.
  13. Practice living in the present moment.
  14. Adopt a more positive mindset using daily affirmations.
  15. Create a morning mindfulness routine.
  16. Practice gratitude journaling daily.
  17. Prioritize things that make you feel happy.
  18. Focus on the most important things for a more meaningful life.
  19. Set and actually work toward a new year’s resolution for personal growth.
  20. Take a break from screens and make a point of enjoying the world around you.
  21. Use dream mantras to maintain a positive mindset.
  22. Spend ten minutes each day sitting quietly.
  23. Make a conscious decision to live in the present moment.
  24. Follow a healthy lifestyle for a positive impact on all areas of your life.
  25. Maintain a more positive mindset through mindfulness.
  26. Start a new habit every month.
  27. Create a list of goals for various aspects of your life.
  28. Improve time management skills.
  29. Learn a new language.
  30. Develop a daily meditation practice.
  31. Volunteer regularly in your community.
  32. Develop a self-care routine.
  33. Practice daily journaling.
  34. Cultivate a minimalist lifestyle.
  35. Read a certain number of books each year.
  36. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  37. Find something that motivates you.
  38. Attend personal development workshops.
  39. Develop a hobby into a skill.
  40. Practice active listening.
  41. Strengthen your own spiritual practices.
  42. Take a digital detox regularly.
  43. Increase cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  44. Create a vision board and update it annually.
  45. Conquer a limiting belief that has been holding you back.

Financial Dreams and Goals

  1. Develop a consistent savings plan.
  2. Track and adjust spending with a budget.
  3. Reduce monthly grocery expenses significantly.
  4. Plan and save for building a custom dream home.
  5. Pay off all debt.
  6. Achieve financial security for peace of mind.
  7. Attain financial independence through smart investments.
  8. Achieve financial stability by creating a budget.
  9. Attain financial freedom to pursue passions.
  10. Develop financial life goals for a secure future.
  11. Save for a comfortable retirement.
  12. Create multiple income streams.
  13. Invest in real estate.
  14. Increase emergency savings fund.
  15. Save for your children’s education.
  16. Create a financial legacy for your family.
  17. Achieve a high credit score.
  18. Save for a luxury vacation.
  19. Save for a major personal purchase.
  20. Create a charitable giving plan.

Career Dreams and Goals

  1. Leave a job that no longer fulfills you.
  2. Find passion and joy in your work.
  3. Learn new skills to enhance career opportunities.
  4. Start a side hustle to follow your passions.
  5. Build and grow your own business.
  6. Pursue career goals for professional success.
  7. Refresh your resume to give it a fresh feel.
  8. Celebrate a career milestone.
  9. Pursue professional development for growth.
  10. Create a healthy work-life balance for overall well-being.
  11. Write a blog post to share your expertise.
  12. Become a published writer to share stories from your field.
  13. Set yearly goals for continuous improvement.
  14. Find a deeper sense of meaning in your work.
  15. Build a strong personal brand.
  16. Take actionable steps to achieve your career goals.
  17. Mentor someone in your field.
  18. Network with industry leaders.
  19. Get a professional certification.
  20. Achieve a senior position in your company.
  21. Develop an in-demand skill in your field.
  22. Speak at an event related to your industry.
  23. Lead a significant project at work.
  24. Create an online course.
  25. Develop a website or portfolio.
  26. Gain international work experience.
  27. Transition to a new career field.
  28. Write a list of dream jobs and start pursuing one of them.

Health Dreams and Goals

  1. Set a healthy lifestyle goal for long-term well-being.
  2. Adopt a balanced and nutritious diet.
  3. Complete a marathon.
  4. Create a regular exercise routine.
  5. Practice yoga regularly.
  6. Prioritize mental health and self-care.
  7. Establish consistent sleep habits.
  8. Adopt a fitness goal for a healthier lifestyle.
  9. Focus on a balanced diet to achieve a fitness goal.
  10. Incorporate a regular exercise routine for a healthy life.
  11. Follow a plant-based diet.
  12. Achieve a healthy weight.
  13. Participate in a fitness challenge.
  14. Reduce screen time.
  15. Practice daily stretching.
  16. Improve dental hygiene habits.
  17. Get regular health check-ups.

Adventurous Dreams and Goals

  1. Plan a road trip to explore new places.
  2. Witness the northern lights for an unforgettable experience.
  3. Go scuba diving in a coral reef.
  4. Hike a famous trail.
  5. Experience skydiving.
  6. Go on a safari adventure.
  7. Explore ancient ruins in a historical city.
  8. Camp under the stars in a remote location.
  9. Take a hot air balloon ride over a scenic landscape.
  10. Visit all seven continents.

The Most Important Part of Goal Setting

Working toward your goals and dreams is hard work and can take a long time, but remember, goal setting and dream chasing are supposed to be positive experiences! Personal growth is a journey you choose to go on. It shouldn’t be something you feel forced into doing. That’s why personal goals are personal. Your important life goals are the finish lines that you set for yourself.

Start by identifying your driving force and breaking down large goals into manageable tasks. Dream big, but also celebrate small victories. Review the list of examples from this blog post and set your yearly goal today. Enjoy how good life feels when you work toward something meaningful, and remember that slow progress is better than no progress! The best way to stay motivated is to be intentional and engage in the process, making the journey as exciting as reaching the finish line.

You don’t always have to have a big dream or big goals. It is okay to work away at smaller goals. This is how big goals are born! Before long, you will be well on your way working toward your big dream.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our guide to setting goals and crushing them and our tips for successfully setting goals!

Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family on social media! If you know someone who could use some help setting goals and chasing dreams, this post could be just what they need!


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