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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolDid you write down your goals for this year? What are you working towards?

Numerous studies show that happy people know where they are going – and many of these happy people write down their lifetime goals. Why? Because they know a secret: when you write down a goal, you automatically begin moving towards it.

Below is a simple formula that will help you develop your list of lifetime goals. Make sure you cross off at least one goal from your list each year!

Create your lifetime goals list 
Write down as many goals as you can think of for each category below. Try to come up with at least 10 for each category. If you have a mentor, go over this exercise with them.

  • Have
  • Do
  • See
  • Become
  • Share


Congratulations! You now have a list of about 50 things to look forward to!

Work on one goal at a time. Each morning, plan your day and ask yourself, “What can I do today to move towards my number one goal?” It’s a crucial step for success that most people miss!

By Travis Wold (EMBA ’15)