5 Years to Live Goals - A path to greater Purpose?

-   By James Stevenson  -

There are many ways to help yourself to live with more meaning, more aligned with your values... one possible way is by setting some 5 years to live goals

Are you interested in exploring 5 years to live goals? What's appealing to you about this? 

This is a big hypothetical question that can be empowering to ponder. It reminds me of the well-known Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address about living each day like it's the last. If it's been a while why not have a quick read? It's in the 3rd of 3 stories he shares.

How I use it with coaching clients, and how you can use this

As an accredited coach and positive psychologist I ask questions that allow my clients to think in new ways. Using time in this way can provide a new and helpful perspective.

Because of the existential element to this question, this is definitely one where I'd preface it with, "feel free to skip this question if you like... " or I'd ask "How do you feel about answering a ?? years to live question?". If there is enthusiasm there, then I'd go for it.

If a question doesn't quit hit the spot, I sometimes encourage my clients to explore changing it. If they don't seem keen on 5 years, I might ask how many years would work for you? If death feels a bit grave, I might ask what a more fun version might be? 5 years until I move to Barbados? The idea is to be flexible using the same principles and make it work for each person. How can you make this work best for you? 

The 5 years to live goals questions exercise 

There are a few ways of doing this exercise. Alone, with a friend, in a small group....

If doing it with a friend, or someone who shares an interest in this topic you can take turns asking each other a question and give the other person perhaps 5 mins to answer while giving them quality natural attention and active listening. i.e. no fidgeting, suitable eye contact, nodding, and listening sounds.

If doing it in a small group, how about going around the group giving 3 minutes for each person to share uninterrupted. Everyone in the group is encouraged to give quality attention and respect. You could do this 2 or 3 times with questions that look at it from a slightly different angle. It can be valuable to have multiple people's differing thoughts about a topic such as this. Lots to learn. 

If doing it by yourself, Perhaps as a writing exercise? You could answer all the questions or if you want a quicker exercise, you could choose 3/4 of the most interesting questions for you and see what comes up...

  1. What is it about 5 years to live goals that are meaningful or interesting to you?
  2. If you knew that you had just 5 more years to live what would become more and less important to you? 
  3. How would what you want to achieve change? 
  4. If you had exactly 5 years to live, what would you set out to achieve? 
  5. If you found out today that you had around 5 years to live, what would be your top priorities? 
  6. If you found out that a close friend or loved one had 5 years to live, and they asked you for advice, what would you suggest? 
  7. What is the most inspiring example you know of someone who found out they had a limited time to live? What would your goals like to have happen as a result of this?
  8. Who would you most like to speak to about your 5 years to live goals either before or after you create them?
  9. What role does your age play in choosing your 5 more years goals?

Remember that there is no one-way to answer these questions. There is no correct way or answer. Also feel free to play around with the time-frame.  

If you'd like to work on this with an experienced and accredited coach then feel free to get in touch via my one to one coaching site, humancatalyst.co.uk. I'd be happy to help. 

James Stevenson is the owner of WiseGoals.com. Living in the UK, but also working internationally on-line, James is also a highly qualified, experienced, and accredited trauma-aware wellbeing coach at TraumaAwareCoaching.co.uk. He works with clients in a future focused and solution orientated way by exploring what the good life or a flourishing life might look like for them. Harnessing that motivation, obstacles that come with trauma like the toxic inner critic, self-blaming, self-judgement, fear and avoidance, anxiety, depression, and intense and confusing emotions are worked through. More about James here

Like something you've read? Do your friend a favour & pass it on!

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you've just read! Leave a comment in the box below

Recent Articles

  1. Great Friendship Goals to Create Deep and Lasting Friendships!

    Jul 22, 22 07:50 AM

    What are your friendship goals? Do your friends mean everything to you? Is there nothing more important? 2 wonderful goals to aim for that’ll mean more friends and even better quality friendships!

    Read More

  2. Diet and Fitness Goal Setting Tips that Will Help You Progress!

    Jul 12, 22 06:54 AM

    Diet and fitness goal setting can be extremely tough! Years of experience compressed down to 2 great tips: 1. The art of small victory steps 2. Finding your balance of challenge and self-kindness...

    Read More

  3. My Best Possible Self Intervention Writing Exercise

    Jul 09, 22 10:46 AM

    The best possible self intervention is a powerful tool for creating optimism, a sense of direction and goal progress. Explore the roots and give it a try today

    Read More

  4. Concentrate on Your Goal Consistently: 12 Powerful Things to Try

    Jun 30, 22 10:29 AM

    Do you find it difficult to concentrate on your goal? Keeping focused on what matters can be hard. There is often good reason for what's happening...

    Read More

  5. Changing Bad Habits - Create Positive Change with 8 Thorough Steps

    Jun 18, 22 08:49 AM

    Are you trying to change a bad habit? Create a shift in your view with 8 scientifically supported tips. These top insights from psychology empower you to change!

    Read More