An Alternate Model of Goal-Setting That Will Transform Your Life

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Summary: Setting goals is incredibly important for progressing in life. Most people make the common mistake of choosing goals based on what Vishen Lakhiani, the author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, calls the culturescape. Here's an alternate way to set goals to transform your life.

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Setting goals are incredibly important for progressing in life. But the trouble is, how do you know you’re setting the right kind of goals?

And more importantly, how do you choose goals that align with your happiness?

Redefine How You Set Goals


Most people make the common mistake of choosing goals based on what Vishen Lakhiani, the author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, calls the culturescape.

The culturescape is the web of beliefs, habits, practices, and mythologies of society that tell you how you should live your life.

Your culturescape or belief systems will tell you

You should get that college degree…

You should get a 9-5 job…

You should get married…

And you MUST get 2.5 kids and 2 cars in the garage.

So, don’t make the mistake of setting goals based on what you “should” be doing or what society has programmed you to want and desire.

Instead, the best way to choose goals that align with your happiness is to ask yourself The 3 Most Important Questions.

The 3 Most Important Questions to Use for Goal Setting


  1. What beautiful human experiences do you want to have?
  2. What will help you grow and become the man/woman you want to be?
  3. In what ways can you contribute to others and the world as a whole?

These 3 questions will help you cut through the clutter, the noise, and the confusion of traditional goal-setting—allowing you to focus on the specific goals that will serve your happiness.

You see, most people make the mistake of setting what are called means goals… but they should be setting our end goals.

A means goal is something you do in order to get the experience you want to have.

However, an end goal is what you actually desire. But when you ask yourself these 3 Most Important Questions, you can cut through any means goal and find the most optimal path to your end goals. Whether they be experiences, ways to grow, or ways you want to contribute to the world.

By asking yourself these questions, you will set goals that serve your happiness and create a life truly worth living — a life that is extraordinary.

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Vishen is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and founder and CEO of Mindvalley: a global education movement with millions of students worldwide. He is the creator of Mindvalley Quests, A-Fest, Mindvalley University, and various other platforms to help shape lives in the field of personal transformation. He has led Mindvalley to enter and train Fortune 500 companies, governments, the UN, and millions of people around the world. Vishen’s work in personal growth also extends to the public sector, as a speaker and activist working to evolve the core systems that influence our lives—including education, work culture, politics, and well-being.
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Vishen

Vishen is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and founder and CEO of Mindvalley: a global education movement with millions of students worldwide. He is the creator of Mindvalley Quests, A-Fest, Mindvalley University, and various other platforms to help shape lives in the field of personal transformation. He has led Mindvalley to enter and train Fortune 500 companies, governments, the UN, and millions of people around the world. Vishen’s work in personal growth also extends to the public sector, as a speaker and activist working to evolve the core systems that influence our lives—including education, work culture, politics, and well-being.

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