How To Determine Your Long Term Goals

Mike Schoultz
3 min readApr 27, 2021

There are many ways and they are different for everyone. Nonetheless, there are some ideas to help you along the way.

Try one new thing at least weekly

Your life will be in constant change mode, and that is a good thing if you lead change in direction of your success goals. To do that most successfully, you should try lots of new things continually. For things you like, get very good at them with lots of practice. But keep trying new activities.

Practice new skills

One of my most favorite quotations about aim and goals is one from Michelangelo:

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Michelangelo knew a thing or two about high aim and goals didn’t he? Need we say anything more?

Dedicate yourself to learning new things

I am a big believer in adaptation and change. You should always seek to be flexible and keep several alternative paths in front of you. Always be on the lookout for ways to reinvent ways for self-improvement. Our most favored quote on change and adaptation is from Charles Darwin:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Just remember to substitute success for survival and you will have a very valuable tip.

Related material: More Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Increase your reading

Let your curiosity take control and take you where it may into new information. Read for many reasons, but most of all to be entertained and learn new things. In today’s world of infinite access to information and knowledge, the sky is definitely the limit, isn’t it?

Grow kindness

All of these lessons get better when you have a strong foundation in knowing how to be kind to others. I have never found a better way to stay happy. Kindness costs you nothing and you’d be surprised how much in can do for your own happiness.

Review daily good accomplishments

All of us can be enthusiastic and show passion on our favorite topics and on our best days. The secret sauce is to be as consistent as possible and make it contagious to friends and teammates. I’ve always found that taking 15–20 minutes at the end of every day to review the good accomplishments you have made. This always seems to tee up future plans.

Practice patience and persistence daily

While we don’t want to highlight our lack of patience and persistence, all of us experience a lack of these two key personality traits in our lives and our careers occasionally. The secret sauce is all about learning from them and moving on in our lives as quickly as possible. Realize that careers and lives won’t fall apart from them unless we keep repeating them. Practice efforts on both frequently and keep track how you are doing.



Mike Schoultz

Mike Schoultz writes about improving the performance of business. Bookmark his blog for stories and articles.