How to Set Attainable Life Goals When You’re Feeling Lost

Setting attainable life goals is a great way to get yourself on track and create a vision for the future. But if you’re feeling lost and out of touch with where you want to be in life, it can be challenging to know where to start.

Here are some tips for setting attainable life goals when you don’t know what direction you want to go in:

Be Realistic

Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to accomplish too much in one day or week. Instead, start small and work on one thing at a time until it becomes second nature before moving on to the next thing. Setting unattainable goals can lead to frustration when they aren’t met as quickly as we’d like them.

It’s natural to want to check everything off your list all at once, but remember that little steps can go a long way. Setting goals isn’t about what you can do the quickest, but rather what will have the most profound impact on your life.

Break Down a Big Goal into Small Steps

It would help if you never started a goal with the thought of finishing it in one go. Instead, break it down into bite-sized pieces and start there. A ten-year goal may be divided into a year, month, or week-long goal.

Even a million-dollar goal can be broken down into manageable, actionable steps. Breaking it down will allow you to measure your progress and give you continual feedback.

Before you can begin, you need to know why you want to achieve a specific goal and how it will benefit you. People often fail to achieve a goal because it is too big. Breaking it down into small steps will help you focus on the smaller tasks and keep you motivated.

Get Professional Advice

If you’ve ever felt confused about what your next career move should be or why your relationship just isn’t working out, it might be because your goals are too lofty or unrealistic for the situation at hand.

Intuitive coaching is a way to find clarity on your path forward in life by listening to your intuition. When you work with an intuitive coach, they’ll help you identify which qualities are most important to you in your professional life and personal relationships—and then guide you on how best to achieve those qualities.

Share Your Goals with Others

Most people don’t check their goals with others. Besides, they don’t want other people to hold them accountable. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tell others about your goals. There are benefits and drawbacks to publicizing your goals.

For example, you can create social pressure to achieve your goal. Publicly displaying your goals is an excellent way to increase accountability, but you should be careful about what you share.

People are more likely to follow through with a goal if they know that other people will also be motivated by it. You might be less likely to succeed if you’re embarrassed that you shared your goals. But that might be the best way to ensure you stay on track.


If you’re feeling lost and want to change direction, commit to a few attainable life goals. Break your goal into smaller parts and recommit to them daily. Writing them down is a great way to remind yourself what you want and to keep yourself motivated.

According to the University of Michigan, if you slip up, forgive yourself and write down a new plan to get back on track. Even if you feel like you’ve already achieved these goals, writing them down will help you stay focused and make it easier to recommit to them.

Recalculating your goals is easier said than done if you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed by the number of commitments on your plate. Research shows that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

That’s why recalculation is necessary. You must take the necessary action steps to achieve your goals. In addition to willpower, you need to create measurable consequences for your actions.


Life is too short to feel sorry for yourself and moan about what you have and have not achieved. There are plenty of other things you can do to better yourself and the world around you. The best thing you can do is set some attainable goals and work towards achieving them.

Be clear on why they’re important to you, how they will make a difference, and why a life without them seems unimaginable. Take away any pressure, and take small steps at first because things feel much less insurmountable when broken into manageable chunks.


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