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Most people have an idea of the goals they would like to achieve in life. However, very few people take the time to think through their ideas and eventually bring them to fruition.

If you fall in this category, the good news is you can use Vishen Lakhiani's goal-setting tips to help you attain your goals. Not goals for an industrial society that has now passed, but goals filled with passion, vision, and beauty relevant to the modern digital age in which we now live.

The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself


A Brief Biography of Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is a successful entrepreneur, highly sought after speaker, and the CEO of Mindvalley, a company made up of tech enthusiasts, innovators, and artists from more than 30 countries.

Although he spent his early years in Malaysia, Vishen moved to the US to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in 1995. He briefly worked at Microsoft, but left after realizing that he was not happy working there.

In addition, Vishen is the brains behind a biohacking and personal development event called A-Fest, and Omvana an app that helps you build your health and fitness through the practice of meditation.

He also runs a web-based university for personal development called Mindvalley Academy, and a community-based effort to promote entrepreneurship in cities called Project Renaissance.

Common Goal Setting Challenges

Vishen says most people fail in goal setting because they cave into societal expectations. For instance, athletically talented students are expected to turn professional later while math and science whiz kids are expected to become physicists, surgeons, or fighter jet pilots.

However, such societal expectations force some people to pursue careers they hate as well as enter into relationships or marriages to please others, not out of love.

To avoid living a life of regrets and wondering if you made the right decision to become a doctor, pilot, or lawyer, Vishen recommends goal-setting based on three important questions.

These questions revolve around:

• Experiences
• Growth
• Contribution


Vishen recommends making a list of the things you would like to have accomplished by the time your life ends, based on the assumption that time and money are not an obstacle.

Your goal-setting list should include things such as health, fitness, love, relationships, sexuality, social life, places that you would like to visit while on holiday, family life, and material wealth (the type of car and home you would like to own).


On the growth front, make another list of the ways in which you would like to grow as a person. This goal-setting list should include the skills you would like to acquire, books you may want to read, languages you would like to master.

Also, character traits you would like to improve (honesty, open-mindedness), improving your emotional intelligence, spiritual life improvement, as well as health and fitness targets (running a marathon or shedding excess weight).


This goal-setting list should include meaningful contributions to the world such as contributions to your family, friends, relatives, workmates, neighborhood, city, community, and nation. More importantly, your contribution does not necessarily have to be monetary or a large donation to a medical research facility.

It could be volunteering to teach kids after school, feeding homeless people, visiting the elderly who live in nursing facilities or volunteering to teach those incarcerated in jail a certain skill. In simple words, base your list on the legacy you would like to leave behind when you die.

Download the PDF below, print it out, and get started on your goals in the areas of experiences, growth, and contribution. It only takes a few minutes but will change the way you look at your career, mission, and life purpose.


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Vishen Lakhani says that, in order to set meaningful life goals, you should shun societal expectations and think about what you as a person want to achieve.

Instead, you should set your goal goals based on life experiences that will make you happy, contributions that you would like to make to others, and the society at large, as well as intellectual, spiritual, health and fitness, and emotional intelligence growth.

You can find more great videos from Mindvalley on their YouTube Channel.


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Vishen Lakhiani is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, and the author of the best-selling book: ‘The Code of the Extraordinary Mind'.


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