Just a few days back, I have come across an absurd goal of someone who said that his life goal is to ultimately owning a landed property. Mind you, it isn’t a goal he set himself for the next 5 years to achieve but a lifetime goal. It did get me thinking that goals shouldn’t be that frivolous and materialistic.
He’ll work hard and save even harder to achieve that goal (Singapore is an expensive place to own a landed property) but will he feel fulfilled after achieving his dream?
Suddenly, it dawned on me that many people I know have empty goals marked only by physical objects. Relentless pursues of materials to showcase the world (in my opinion, their own world) of the success they accomplished. So if you are a CEO, you are successful? Or if you gun down the road in your Porsche? I don’t think that is realistic or even healthy. But does that equals to happiness?
It is different for me. From young, I know I always wanted to be empowered to change the world. As I grew up, I adjusted realistically that I can’t be the superhero that changes the world (like Superman) but I can be the person who changes things in my own world.
Every little positive changes counts, right? Even in their own little ways.
I am positive that I want people around me to be happier, to be inspired, to progress.
So with that mindset, my life goals are simple. In order to empowered myself, I challenge myself to become a better person. Whether it through upgrading myself with books or courses, to accept tough challenges in both life and work, I strive to learn something new every now and then. When I strive to better myself, I remembered to positively charge the energy around me so people within the vicinity will be inspired to be positive as well.
I may not be the person who find a cure for cancer or the advocate to save dolphins from plastics. By knowing I still manage to do some good everyday and to make an impact, no matter how insignificant, I am contented.
That’s my life goal. As simple as that.
Take a look.
People who are truly deem successful by others, are in fact, live humbly and live by their passion and life mission – which is always to make a difference in their world. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Stephen Hawkins, Mother Theresa, Gandhi – just to name a few so you’ll get my point.
I don’t need a house, a car or loads of wealth in my bank account to feel on top of the world, to feel that I made a difference in my life and others around me. I don’t need to chase blindly for things that I know wouldn’t matter at all at my deathbed.
In fact, my only death wish is to be able to write epic adventures about my lifelong journey. I count my blessings everyday that I am the difference in your life. And that equals to me fulfilling my life goal every time I make someone else’s day!
Clothes, cash, even a roof above my head are just things to be used and discarded one day when I no longer needed them. I really don’t want to have so much wealth that my children and relatives will fight over ugly inheritance. But knowledge, memories and experiences are part of me that I know will never leave my side (unless I have dementia then pray I get to keep the good memories with me). Kinship, friendship and respect are what you accumulated throughout your years collecting experiences and inspiring others. I know I will have lived my life to the fullest as long as someone remembers my name fondly. I don’t need to be a legend.
So to the guy whose life goal is to get a flashy house with a flashy lifestyle, I am luckier than you. I get to be happy every time I touched someone’s soul but you only will taste happiness once you get that house. Or probably not. Because there will always be bigger houses, faster cars and better yachts.
So what are your life goals? Come and share with us in the comments below.
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