Goals Session 13: The 8 Life Categories

Over the last several years of coaching people, I’ve figured out that there are eight different categories in life that you can set goals for:

  1. Career
  2. Spiritual
  3. Educational
  4. Financial
  5. Physical
  6. Family
  7. Social/Relational
  8. Fun/Recreational

Let’s discuss each, so that you know what we’re talking about. 

  1. Career: This has to do with what you do for a living, and how much you enjoy it.  Does your work energize you or are you part of the “Walking Dead”?
  1. Spiritual: How is your relationship with God?  Do you have a close relationship with Him?  Do you regularly spend time working on your spiritual life?
  1. Educational: Are you where you want to be with your education?  Are there some courses, or fields of study that you’d like to pursue?  Is there a certification that could help you move up the ladder in your career?  Are there some things that you’d like to learn to do as a hobby?  Are there some classes you would like to take?
  1. Financial: How are your finances?  Do you work off of a budget?  Do you control your expenditures?  How is your debt level?  What’s you net worth?  Will you be able to retire when you choose to?
  1. Physical: Do you feel good about your body?  Do you have plenty of energy at the end of the day, or are your exhausted?  Are you up to date at the dentist and/or with your annual physicals?  Do you have a good exercise and nutritional program that you adhere to?  Are you overweight, or sleek, and muscular?
  1. Family: How are your family dynamics?  Do you have good relationships with all of your family members or do some of them need help?
  1. Social/Relational: This would be your friends and possibly extended family.  Do you regularly take time to be with the friends in your life?  Are you socially active?  Do you have one or two people that you could call “best friends?”
  1. Fun/Recreational:  This would pertain to your hobbies, or things that you like to do for fun.  Are you taking vacations?  Is it past time for one?  In your spare time, do you participate in extracurricular activities that bring you joy and happiness?  How do you nurture yourself?

As you read these, please realize that they are in no particular order.  No one is more important that the others.  If you want to make Fun/Recreation #1, I’m fine with that!

As you look at these, think about a scale of 1 to 10, where “1” is “terrible” and “10” means “couldn’t be better.”

Can we admit that no one on the planet is a “10” on all of these.  (At least I have never met them!)  I would say that Bill Gates is a solid “10” when it comes to finances.  Billy Graham is about as close to a “10” as it comes in his spiritual life.  Carl Lewis, the former Olympic track star, was probably a “10” when it came to the physical category.

But most of us fall somewhere between the “1” and “10” ratings in each of these areas.  We may have a “5” in one area, a “9” in a couple, and a “2” in another.  If your life was a tire, it would be a bumpy ride.

But what if you were to get all of the areas out to a “7”or an “8”?  That would be a much smoother ride.  And you’d enjoy it so much more.

So right now, take a couple of minutes and rate yourself on each of the life categories.  (Don’t put this off–it will take about 1 to 2 minutes tops!)  Write down all eight of the categories, and then put a number between “1” and “10” by each.  Be honest with yourself.  Don’t say you’re an “8” when you’re really a “6”.

We will use these ratings in the next several sessions.  For now, all we’re trying to do is find the base line for where you are at the present time.

In the next session, we will pick one of the areas and begin to write a goal for it.

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