Experts say that one of the most important things we can do in life is to set goals. Some of these goals may be major items that we want to accomplish in life and others may be simple, such as what we plan on eating for breakfast in the morning or what pants we will wear to work that day. One thing is certain, goals are something that we continue to put before ourselves our entire life and sometimes, they can even be life-changing. Those are the goals that we should give the most attention to because they really make a difference.
As you find yourself approaching the age of 30 or if you see it coming up from afar, it’s important to set some goals as to what you should accomplish by the time you reach that milestone. 30 is not the end of your life and it certainly is not even middle-age but it is switching over to a new era and if we have accomplished certain things, it can really help to boost our confidence and our happiness. Here are 13 things that you should accomplish by the time you hit the big three zero.
1. Find a job you love
If you graduated from a University, you probably have changed jobs more than once trying offices, various salaries and professions. By the time you hit 30, however, you should be in a job that provides you with satisfaction so you can continue to develop for the rest of your life.
2. Learn to cook something special
It doesn’t matter if you love cooking or hate it, it is important to know how to cook one thing better than anyone else you know. Don’t choose a side dish, choose the main course and perhaps even throw in a desert. Don’t be afraid to do some experimenting and absolutely own the recipe. It will give you confidence when you have friends over to your home.
3. Know your true friends
We tend to surround ourselves with acquaintances when we are younger and we often call them friends. They are sometimes fair weather friends and they disappear, leaving us with only a few true friends by our side. Make sure that you have a deep appreciation for those who are with you through thick and thin.
4. Stop talking about your personal life
Keeping strong relationships sometimes means that we need to disclose personal details about our life. That being said, we sometimes take things too far and open up to the world about something very private. If you feel the need to open up in such a way, do so with a professional and keep things a little lighter with your friends. It will keep you from becoming a victim if things go sour in the friendship.
5. Set priorities
We rush through our lives so quickly that sometimes we tend to skip some of the more important things. This could be time spent with family or time spent with ourselves. Sometimes it is necessary to give up the overtime and do a little prioritizing.
6. Go on vacations often
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Many of us have lived the truthfulness of that expression. Spend a little money on a great vacation and go rest and recharge your batteries. Make it a rule to put 20% of your salary back for such a trip.
7. Get your drivers license
When you have your drivers license you tend to be motivated to do greater things. You will then start thinking about your cars and perhaps even making more income. When you travel it will be much easier when you have a license and you can rent a car abroad.
8. Look for ways to get extra income
You should have an extra source of income by the time you reach 30. Some people use freelancing but you can also earn passive income with any business. Even if you work in a stable company in the city it can’t guarantee you a stable future.
9. Move out of your parent’s home
Living with your parents can be very convenient because it provides you with everything you need in a nice package. Sooner or later, however, you need to move out and the age of 30 is the latest it should be. When you move out then you can plan a budget and think about any extra expenses that you may not have needed before.
10. Learn to give public speeches
Speaking in public is one of the biggest phobias and it is also one of the most important things you can learn how to do. Push past your fears and earn some respect and attention as a result. When you speak properly in public it can help you shed insecurity and you can present any project with success.
11. Get your style on
You should have your own style by the time you are 30. This will help to reduce how much time you need to think about choosing your clothing and any accessories. When you know your style you can also match what you wear with your lifestyle much easier. Your appearance is going to make a first impression so make it work.
12. Read classic literature
There are many things to read and sometimes, we may have read the classics when we were in school. It’s time to push outside of your comfort zone and begin reading these classic novels again. You will find that they often connect in today’s world in ways you had not considered before.
13. Get in good shape
Before you are 30 you may be able to live without doing too much exercise but those late-night raids on the refrigerator are going to take their toll. Your muscle tone decreases, your metabolism slows and before you know it, you are packing on the pounds. Include some exercise into your weekly schedule and it will keep you in shape.
Bonus: 4 steps to becoming happier
Statistics show that there is no such thing as living in a ‘happy age’. It doesn’t matter what age we are, we can be happy but there are some things you can do to increase your level of happiness:
1. Spend 10-15 minutes each day in silence – unplug from everything: phones, laptops, work etc.
2. Refuse your bad habits and desires – they take too much of your energy.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
4. Get yourself a clean home – messy home creates a messy mind.