Student Counseling Center
Student Services Building 4.600
Phone (24 Hour): 972-883-2575

Office Hours
Monday 8:00 am - 6 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5 pm

Mailing Address
UT Dallas Counseling Center
800 W. Campbell Rd., SSB45
Richardson, TX 75080

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Self-Help: Life Goals

Finding your life goals can be daunting; however, if you examine the following six areas of investigation and answer the questions, you will be well on your way to recognizing those goals.

1. Increased Energy

  • What gives you a sense of being alive, energetic, having possibilities?
  • At what activities do you feel energized, even though you had to work hard at them?

2. Attention/Fascination

  • What captures your attention and holds you "spellbound"?
  • What do you continue to return to when you have some time?
  • What do you make time to do even when you are busy?
  • About what do you daydream?

3. Righteous Indignation

  • What would you talk about if given an hour of prime time television to influence the nation or the world?
  • What makes you mad that you would like to correct in other people or the world?

4. Envy

  • What do other people have or do that you would like for yourself?

5. Recognizing "This" Is Your Place

  • What have you done that feels "just right"? Where did it take place?
  • What feels like you were born to do it?

6. Role Models

  • Whose work or life do you admire?
  • Who inspires or moves you?

Accomplishing Your Goals

Now that you have a sense of how to identify life goals, use the following five steps to accomplish them:

  1. Make as specific a description of the goal as possible. If you were to see and hear yourself on video doing it, what would it look and sound like?
  2. Find any interior barriers (fears and negative beliefs) that stand in the way of your goals.
  3. Identify external barriers (in the outside world) that obstruct the path to your goal.
  4. Make a plan to overcome or reduce the barriers.
  5. Take action and adjust as needed.
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