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Life goals have a special place in the world. While I do believe that long-term and short-term goals are crucial for building a life you love, lifelong goals will keep you always striving for a better future and give you something to look forward to.

Most of us are familiar with the idea of a “bucket list”, but do you actually have one written down? (If you’re not, a bucket list is a list of things you’d like to see, do, or experience before you die, colloquially “kick the bucket”). I found that when I set out to write down my own bucket list, it made me re-evaluate my priorities. While most of my short term goals are work-related, in the long run my bucket list became much more focused on experiences I wanted to have.

Writing out your life goals can be a powerful affirmation of your commitment to a good life.

Don’t have your own bucket list, or are looking for ideas for your life goals? I’ve put together a guide of 101 examples of long-long term life goals you can use as a jumping off point for your own bucket list.

Not all of these will apply to you, but hopefully many of them will! Feel free to use as many as you like for your own list of life goals.



1. See the Eiffel Tower

2. Visit the Louvre

3. See the Great Pyramid of Giza

4. Visit the Grand Canyon

5. See the Aurora Borealis from Northern Europe

6. Take the kids to Disney World or Disney Land

7. Tour Universal Studios (for me, especially the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

8. See the Taj Mahal in India

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9. Walk the Great Wall of China

10. Visit Machu Picchu in Peru

11. Take a trip anywhere in the world entirely by yourself

12. Go on a hot air balloon ride

13. Go on an African Safari

14. Have dinner at an underwater restaurant

Health and Fitness

Run a 5k

Spend a year eating intuitively

Join a dance class

Learn to snowboard or ski

Hike beautiful trails at a national park

Look for a local geocaching group and try it out

Try out a sustainable diet for a week

Try out a raw diet for a week

Rediscover bike riding, and ditch the car for a week

Pick a competitive sport you’ve never played and start a team of newbies

Join a charity run or bike for a cause

Learn to do a chin up, then see how many you can do

Try out crossfit for a month

Find exotic fruits or vegetables you’ve never eaten before. Learn how to prepare them

Personal Growth

Learn to meditate

Start a daily yoga practice

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Write your “lessons learned” for the younger generation

Establish an unlikely friendship with someone entirely unlike you

Write a Dream Life Manifesto

Visit your childhood home and reflect on your life path

Take the Myers-Briggs personality test, once when you’re young and again when you’re older. Compare the results

See a therapist. Even if you think you don’t need to

Go to couple’s counseling with your S.O. – even if you think you don’t need to

Break free of your comfort zone

Attend a personal development seminar

Learn to love your body

Discover your purpose

Make every day special – use the fancy dishes, the expensive lotion, or whatever you’ve been “saving”

Start a gratitude journal

Learn how to say no gracefully and whenever needed


Contribute substantially to a charity important to you

Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter

Adopt a senior

Buy gifts for underprivileged families for the holidays

Start or join a community garden

Sponsor a local children’s sport team

Organize a fundraiser for a local cause

Adopt a street or area in your neighborhood to keep free from litter

Donate blood

Attend a rally for something you feel strongly about

Do a random act of kindness every day for a month

Get to know your neighbors. Ask if they need anything when you run to the store.

Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity


Professional and Career

Speak at a conference

Hold a retreat for like-minded professionals

Write a book (or several)

Start a business

Become a mentor or take on an apprentice

Be interviewed for something in your field

Become an expert on something in your field

Become a self-made millionaire

Create a passive income stream

Become confident in public speaking

Find or build a fulfilling career that sparks your soul – even if that means making a big change


Hobbies and Pleasure

Attend a conference or event aimed at your interests, like the Superbowl or Comic-con

Ride the scariest roller coaster you can stomach

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Enter a competition in your area of interest, even if you think you’re not good enough

Teach your hobby to someone new to it

Make a list of 100 influential books or great novels. Read as many as possible

See your favorite band live

Attend karaoke night. Sing.

Find your favorite celebrity and get their autograph

See a Broadway play

Create a signature recipe for something – a cocktail, apple pie, steak seasoning. Guard the recipe, but make it for others often

Throw a party for your block or street

Make 1,000 origami cranes

Buy a piece of original art directly from the artist

Mental and Educational

Get a degree in something you’d love to study just for fun (Many universities offer free tuition for senior citizens – I’ve always loved the idea that my retirement plans include going back to school!)

Study something far outside your comfort zone, like calculus. Commit yourself until you understand it

Have a conversation with someone you disagree with. Don’t try to change their mind; try to understand it

Memorize your favorite poem

Learn a second language. Learn a third

Learn ASL

Join a book club

Learn an instrument

Learn to play chess

Complete an entire Sudoku or Crossword book cover to cover without asking for help

Do something that scares the pants off you

Read a famous work of philosophy. Find someone to argue about it with

Start a website teaching people about something you know


Make your life goals ones that fire up your soul

You only get one life to live, and it is entirely and totally yours.

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