What is a 100 Life Goals List?
Simply, this is a fluid list of 100 goals you want to accomplish in your lifetime. This list tells the story of your future, designed by you.
The list is fluid, meaning you can expect it to change and grow as you do – these goals aren’t set in stone. Rather, they act as guideposts for the decisions you make in life. As your priorities change, so will your goals.
Creating a list of long-term or life-long goals provides clarity and direction that can help you take actionable steps towards the future you want.
Generally, these are big goals that will take time and planning to accomplish. But small goals are okay too! And the list doesn’t have to always be exactly 100 items, but it’s a nice round number to shoot for.
How to Create Your List of 100 Goals
Rather than trying to think of 100 random fun things you want to do (though that method works too!), it’s easier to first envision the future life you desire and work backwards from there.
To illustrate that point, here’s a quick story!
Early one morning during the pandemic, as I was taking my dog for our usual walk, something really inspiring happened that changed my outlook on life and how I envisioned my future.
As my dog was doing her doo, I noticed a runner sprinting up the sidewalk towards us. We were on a relatively long, steep hill that I wouldn’t have been able to even jog halfway up without losing my breath, so I offhandedly thought this runner had an admirable commitment to fitness.
As he ran past me, you guys, I realized the runner was an old man in his 80s or 90s. Sprinting. Up a giant hill. Like it was nothing.
My jaw dropped.
After that I started noticing him more often. At 6am most days he’s out running up and down all the hills in our neighborhood.
At the time, my grandpa’s health was failing and I was struggling to accept it. It was frustrating to see the old man in my neighborhood in peak physical shape while my grandpa was the opposite. But it was also inspiring to see the impact that man’s choices had on his life. If he hadn’t committed himself to his physical health, would he be suffering like my grandpa was? And if my grandpa had made fitness a priority, would he still be healthy?
Of course I can never know the answers to those questions, but this one moment changed my outlook on life, on aging, and on fitness. I decided that I want to be like that man when I get old.
And so when I came back to my 100 goals list list after than experience, I changed it. I’m envisioning my future a little differently now, and I want my goals list to reflect that. I thought about all the fun fitness goals I can set that will ultimately lead me to the future life and fitness outcome I want when I’m old.
Which leads me to…
100 Life Goals Ideas
Here is my list of 100 goals broken into categories as an example for you to take inspiration from. When I accomplish something, I cross it off.
Maybe some of my goals will spark ideas for your own list!
Adventure / Experience
- Backpack the Tahoe Rim Trail
- Backpack the Pacific Crest Trail
- Climb Mt. Whitney
- Climb Mt. Fuji
- Go on a full-moon hike
- Meditate with a monk
- See the Aurora Borealis
- Experience a Japanese onsen
- Visit a Japanese host club
- Stay at a ryokan in Japan
- Go on a cruise with friends
- Become skilled in at least one type of ballroom dance
- Run a half-marathon
- Do a double Bikram yoga class
- Become a skilled swimmer
- Participate in a Dressage competition
- Do the splits
- Do Wheel Pose
- Learn ballet
- Learn hiphop dance
- Become a skilled tennis player
- Do 90 days of Bikram yoga
- Get six-pack abs (because yes, I’m a little bit vain okay)
Health & Self-Care
- Participate in a meditation retreat
- Do a Whole30
- Adopt a full Paleo lifestyle
- Fix my bad neck posture
- Meditate an hour a day for 60 days
- Practice mindfulness
- Live minimally
- Practice gratitude daily for a year
- Do deep stretching daily for 60 days
- Do back bending daily for 90 days
- Kick depression and anxiety to the curb
- Recognize my own self-worth
- Become financially independent
- Generate at least 3 streams of income
- $10,000 emergency savings fund
- $100,000 emergency savings fund
- Generate a recurring passive income
Invest in stocks
- Purchase a vacation home in Tahoe
Pay off all debt (and remain debt free)
- Generate a six-figure income
- Purchase a home
- Purchase a good car without a loan
- Invest in property
- Own a home with a library and a secret garden
- Vacation with friends every year for 3 years in a row
Go on a wine-tasting girls trip
- Shave my head
- Dye my hair cotton candy pink
- Read 15 non-fiction books in one year
- Publish a novel
- Live by myself
- Decorate and furnish my own place
- Feel confident cooking for others
- Learn to balance work, a social life, and health
- Visit Japan
- Visit Ireland
- Visit Germany and the city my Grandma was born
- Visit Scotland and meet a highlander
- Travel to another country solo
- Stay in Japan for an extended time
- Visit family in Illinois
- Visit NYC
- Visit Nashville, TN
- Visit all of my long-distance friends in one year
- Travel to every continent
- Visit Austin, TX
- Visit Sweden
- Visit the Netherlands
Knowledge / Learning
- Pass the JLPT N3 exam
- Pass the JLPT N2 exam
- Learn to speak conversational Korean
- Learn to speak conversational German
- Learn to play piano
- Learn to change a tire
- Learn how to cook well
- Learn to sing
- Learn to play tennis
- Learn all 10 types of ballroom dance
Social / Family
- Build a closer relationship with my brother
- Keep in regular contact with all my friends
- Have a long-term healthy, loving relationship
- Host a women’s coworking event
- Host a creative writing seminar
- Volunteer at a horse rescue
- Volunteer at a women’s shelter
- Donate regularly
- Pay it forward on a regular basis
- Build a financially successful blog
- Run two successful blogs
- Manage a successful digital ad campaign
- Generate 100k monthly uniques on one blog
- Build an ethical ecommerce brand
- Earn an income from a novel