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Aspirational Goals

7 Dimensions of a Wall Lived Life
  • Academic: Learning New skills and knowledge, being creative
  • Health: Medical therapy, proper eating, exercise practice
  • Work: Fulfillment and satisfaction with your career
  • Emotional: Understanding and coping with your feelings
  • Financial: Freedom from worry about finances
  • Social: Understanding and positive relationships with others
  • spiritual: Developing sense of meaning in life
Aspirational goals are “big picture” goals. They should represent your values of what would be a “well-lived life” for you. Your aspirational goals may relate to many of these dimensions or categories at the same time. Many of these dimesnions are closely connected to each other and should not be thought of as discrete.

You will need to prioritize which aspirational goals are most important to you.

While in school, students will typically highly value Academic goals over others, but should keep in mind that this might change after graduation.

Self-check: think about where you spend your time each day, does it reflect your Aspirational Goal priorities?

Smart Goals

SMART goals are different from Aspirational Goals
Your SMART goals should be based on important steps you need to take towards achieving one (or more) of your top Aspirational Goals.

SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time based) are commonly taught to students who want to learn better
They define an important goal that you want to prioritize
They assure that you understand exactly when you reach your goals

SMART goals are used as a starting point for developing a learning plan. A learning strategy is chosen to help you reach your SMART goal and this is then implemented and finally evaluated.