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Identify Objectives for Living a Life to Thrive
Decide to Thrive. “It is a choice,” says Taniguchi. “You have to decide whether you want to endure or thrive in this life, and if you want to thrive, then you have got to prioritize it.”
He continues, “Think deeply and thoughtfully about what you put on that list. Look for things that are important to you today and will be important to you in a decade from now.” For more, visit our free Thrive course.
In the tool below, click on “Add” to identify an objective that will help you live a life to thrive. Feel free to name it whatever you want and put as much in your description as needed to add clarity to your objective. See more.
Start with one or two. Dr. T took years to grow his list to 100. You can edit but not delete your items, because we don’t want you to think of excuses to not do what you desired. And make sure these objectives reflect your Core Values.
Know Your Core Values
“What I don’t want you to put down on your list is, ‘I want to try everything,’” says Taniguchi. “Put things on your list that bring you closer to your values.”
Equally important: “Don’t put anything on your list that is in conflict with your values.”
It’s not easy to come up with 100 goals—it took Taniguchi years. “Usually people stall out around 20 or 30,” he says. “Then it gets harder to think through.”
A question he often gets: can the list be retrospective? “Absolutely.” Meaningful things you’ve already accomplished—add them.
You Can't Take Anything Off
“If it was important to you at one point, then it meant something to you,” he says. He tells the story of a client he led up Denali who, diagnosed with terminal cancer months before the trip, almost cancelled. Taniguchi got him to the top. “It didn’t prevent him from dying, but it changed his life.”
The man came home from Denali, got re-engaged and married, finished his last cases at work—he went out living. “Even if, 20 years from now, you look back and go, ‘I don’t know if I really want to do that one thing on my list anymore,’ it may be the one experience that was what Denali was for him.”