Goals Using personal values to set short- and long-term goals

My Top 23 Very Important Core Values

These top 23 things that I have chosen make me feel very emotional. As we did this activity in class I was very motivated to see what were the most important to me. I had a stack of very important things, and then I had to take some out so that I could get down to the nitty gritty. These 23 things that I have come down to are what I live for, and love to do/have in my life. Thinking about these things makes me think about the bigger things in life, and less about the things that don’t matter.

Top Ten Core Values

My top ten were so difficult to figure out. I was one of the last ones to get done picking my top ten because I had a hard time throwing specific ones out. I chose these top ten because I think my life should be all about these ten things. One of the most important things is forgiveness. I am a firm believer in God, and I think forgiveness ties in with God's will because he forgives anyone who asks for forgiveness. If we follow God's will we can forgive anyone, and everyone. Forgiveness is so special to me, and it always will be.

What were the really hard ones to throw out?

Some specific cards that were really hard to throw out were things like adventure, and wealth, among other things as well because there were over 100 cards. I love doing new things and having fun, but I felt like there were more important cards to keep than that. You can have fun when you have family and romance, so I felt like it was okay to throw that out, even though it was tough. I also thought it was difficult to throw out wealth because to have certain things in life, money is important. A lot of people have a mind set to have a lot of money, me being one of them, but is that the most important thing in life? No, but it would be nice to have wealth. Even though these two things were very difficult for me to throw out, I can definitely live without them.

My Top 5 Core Values

My top 5 are so important to me. I think it is so important to have these five things. I had to remove 5 from my top 10 to get to my top five. If it wasn't already hard enough, it got even harder when I had to remove 5. I removed family, and that was so tough. I love my family so much, and they support me everyday of my life. I think that because I know they will always be there for me I could remove them. I didn't forget about them, I just took them out to get a better perspective of what life is all about. I was very surprised how all this was affecting me because I didn't think it would be so hard to pick specific cards. I realized during this process that there are many important/key things in life that we need to be happy, and it was hard to narrow it down.

What/who is my #1 core value?

God is my #1, so I chose God's will to be my most important thing in life. If you can follow/support God's will, no matter what is put into or taken out of your life, you can be content, and happy with life. All of the 100 cards left in the pile don't matter so much because God will take care of those for you. It made me feel comforted knowing I will always have God in my life.

Short-Term Goals

1. Finish this semester. This school year has been very hard, and I think one of the best accomplishments that I could achieve right now is finishing the semester strong. I am going to work hard in all my classes to get the best grades I can. I am also going to work hard on my final exams to bring my grades, and my GPA up. My core values, especially God's will and order, will push me to work hard because to be able to have the successful life that you want you have to work hard, trust in God, and be orderly in life.

2. Start becoming an adult, and being responsible in my actions. Starting college was the start of adulthood, and I think that working towards responsibility, and being more like an adult will be very helpful in life. Being orderly is a strong core value that I have, and becoming an adult means being more orderly in life.

3. Get a summer job. After I get out of school this semester I am getting a summer job. I want a job to make money for myself instead of begging for cash from my parents. I think getting a job means that I am becoming responsible, and more like an adult than a child. My core values are very important to me, and since getting a job is also important I think I can incorporate my goals into working hard, and achieving my goals.

Getting a summer job is so important to me, and I can't wait to have one.

Long-Term Goals

1. Have a family. I want to have a family by my 30's, and my goal is to love them with all of my heart. I want to be the best mother/wife I can be. I will do this by getting a job first, and then once I start saving money me and my husband can buy a house, and start our family. God's will, romance, and order, which are three of my core values, will lead me to doing this. All of these things will help me to have a family, and be successful at being a mother/wife like I want to be.

2. Be successful at my full-time job. I am going to college because I want to get a degree so that I can have a great job when I get older. I am having trouble figuring out what major I want to be in, but I think God's will can lead me to where I need to be. Even though I don't know what I want to do, God knows and he will lead me.

3. Live a happy life. Once I am comfortable where I am at in life, I hope that life will be great. I will have this by loving the romance I have with my husband, forgiving people (including my kids), being comfortable in life, having order, and of course living God's will. God's will will lead me to have all the things I want in life as long as I follow it.

I can't wait to have a loving family that I can be around all of the time. I will be a devoted, and supportive mother/wife.


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