Means Goals vs. End Goals

Means Goals vs End Goals

I recently started this personal development course from Mindvalley called Extraordinary by Design. Run by Mindvalley’s founder Vishen Lakhiani, it aims to dispel the “bullshit rules” that society has ingrained into us and help set goals to make life extraordinary.

Yeah, the course is pretty extraordinary alright. It made me really think about my life and what I wanted out of it.

One of the topics suggests a better way of setting goals by differentiating between means vs. end goals.

Traditional conceptions of goal setting tend to focus on things that everyone else is chasing – e.g. a certain amount of money or status – which are all means to an end. These usually have a “so”:

I want $X in my bank account so I can do Y

The Y in this equation is usually an end goal. End goals are things that you really want in life – things that excite you, keep you up at night and lead directly to your happiness. This could include travelling to exotic countries, or meeting wise people and getting inspired.

My end goals:

✵ Achieve financial independence so I can choose to do what I love in life 

✵ Constantly learn new skills so I can help others with what I know 

✵ Find an awesome life partner so I have someone to push me to be the best version of myself and I can do the same for them

Give this a try! It could do wonders for your outlook on life and the way you go about living it every day.

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