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The 9 Most Important Life Areas For Goal Setting

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What are the 9 most important areas of life for goal setting?

The 9 most important areas of life for goal setting are:

  • Mindset
  • Infrastructure/Responsibility
  • Finances
  • Purpose
  • Self-improvement
  • Adventure
  • Intimacy
  • Social connection
  • Legacy

I quantify all 9 of these areas into what I call the 9 vital life domains

Back when I was a younger man, when I was still living in beta mentality, I didn’t really know what I was doing with my life. 

There was no direction, purpose, system, or plan. 

And obviously, this lead to complete and total chaos. 

This is a huge part of the reason for why my life spiraled out of control. 

I ruined my marriage. I destroyed a lot of friendships. I did a lot of stuff that I now regret. And in the aftermath of it all, I learned a valuable lesson. 

It’s really important to have some kind of rational plan for how you want to succeed in life. Otherwise, you’re highly likely to crash and burn. 

In the years that followed, however, I was able to back-engineer my failure—and I learned a lot about how I got things wrong the first time around. 

After performing a ‘total life reset’ after my failed marriage, I started to piece together a plan for how an optimized, alpha-mentality life should be lived. 

And I ended up coming up with a list of 9 crucial areas of life for goal setting that most people overlook. 

In other words—as far as I can tell thus-far on my alpha mentality journey, these are the 9 areas of life to set goals in if you really want to create a balanced, healthy, successful life as a human in this world. 

A lot of people focus on just 1, 2, or 3 of them. However, I’ve learned that you need to be constantly striving to level up in all 9 of them if you truly want to find balance in life and create a successful destiny.

I call these areas of life the 9 vital life domains—and in this guide, I’m going to describe the basics of how they work, what they mean, and how to focus on leveling them up. 

I’ll also be linking to some in-depth guides I’ve written in each domain. 

Let’s dive into it.  

Note: If you’re interested in the content matter of this post, then you’ll definitely be interested in our master guide to becoming truly alpha. Make sure to check that out to get a full rundown of the entire process, from beginning to end, along with a full list of resources and other guides.

The Best Areas Of Life For Goal Setting – The 9 Vital Life Domains

1. Mindset

Vital life domain: Embrace the alpha mentality.

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

Being alpha is truly a mindset. It’s a ‘way of being’ that dictates how you act upon the world and conceptualize the process of creating your own destiny in the world. 

Being ‘alpha’ means to take action-oriented, intentional control of your life energy, resources, and strategic trajectory—embracing radical self-responsibility, shirking victim mentality, and determining to utilize your time and resources wisely to proactively create a meaningful, significant destiny and lasting legacy of greatness in the world.

You could further summarize this by saying that being ‘alpha’ means to live with intention, to have a purpose, and to always strive to be the highest value man or woman in the room. 

Being alpha also demands that you follow a basic alpha code. You can read my own alpha code, the 18 vows of the Oath of Kings and Queens, here

Read the full guide here: How To Truly Embrace The Alpha Mentality

2. Infrastructure/Responsibility

Vital life domain: Mind your business.

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

You organize your life (i.e. mind your business) by making sure to allocate all of your available resources (time, money, energy, attention, effort, etc.) to your priorities first. You do this by creating a to-do list, deploying self-responsibility in your life, and striving to manage the infrastructures of your life with wisdom, planning, and forethought.

When I say “mind your business,” what I’m actually saying is to be intentional, intelligent, and wise about all of the important structures that make up the foundation of your life—and to tune out the drama, bullshit, chaos, and nonsense being propagated all around you that could otherwise prove to be a distraction.

In other words:

Get serious about the important and fundamental parts of your life that must be managed well in order for your life to continue to sustain itself and remain functional.

Read the full guide here: How To ‘Mind Your Business’ Like A True Alpha. 

3. Finances

Vital life domain: Get your money.

The crucial components:

  • Get a job
  • Learn a high-income skill
  • Start getting ‘real money’
  • Build ‘assets’ to earn you money while you sleep

Basic overview:

You build sustainable wealth by first getting a job. Then, once you have at least some money coming in, you need to learn one or more high-income skills so that you can get yourself up to 6-figure levels. Then, you leverage that money to start building assets (businesses or investments that earn you money while you sleep). Keep building assets until your income outperforms your cost of living, and you’ll officially be creating sustainable wealth.

As alpha men and women, we must be constantly focused on the business of getting our money in this life. 

Money is the currency of value in the modern world. 

A lot of people don’t like to have to deal with it, but it’s true. 

Being able to create financial wealth in this world is the modern-day equivalent of being a successful hunter-gatherer in the primitive world. 

As men and women who want to be alphas in life, we must see to this business with relentless determination, and be successful at all costs.

Read the full guide here: 9 Steps For How To Build Sustainable Wealth

4. Purpose

Vital life domain: Pursue your purpose. 

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

You find your life purpose by identifying what you want to do, be, achieve, create, and contribute over the course of your life. Then, you figure out what that version of your life looks like in the future, and you set a goal for it. 

As you strive to learn how to find your purpose in life, remember that you’re not just trying to visualize the stuff you’ll have (money, cars, houses, etc.). 

You also want to visualize what you’ll be working on.

You’ll want to visualize what projects you’ll be devoting your time to, and how you’re going to be helping the world.

This is crucially important.

Read the full guide here: How To Find Your Life Purpose And Achieve It – In 11 Steps

5. Self-Improvement

Vital life domain: Level up mind, body, and spirit. 

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

You can achieve a healthier mind, body, and spirit in your life by continually investing in yourself with healthy daily habits, so that you’re constantly working on developing positive momentum toward self-betterment. It’s crucial to nourish your body, your, mind, and your spirit on a consistent basis, always striving to become 1% better in each of these vital areas every day.

Read the full guide here: How To Level Up Your Mind, Body, And Spirit

6. Adventure

Vital life domain: Embark on your hero’s arc. 

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

To make life an adventure, it’s really important to trust yourself to leave your comfort zone and attempt to accomplish or create something new and awesome. It’s crucial to understand that the most exciting version of life doesn’t happen in the comfort zone. It happens when we strike out on our own, create amazing adventures for ourselves, and experience more of everything that life has to offer.

Read the full guide here: How To Embark On The Hero’s Arc In Your Life Journey. 

7. Intimacy

Vital life domain: Find an intimate partner (i.e. master your dating life).

The crucial components:

Basic overview:

This speaks to intimacy in every sense—but it especially speaks to romantic and sexual intimacy with a life partner (or partners).

The best way to improve your dating and intimacy life is to embark on a holistic self-improvement life process of leveling up your mind, body, and spirit, and taking responsibility for your life so that you have more to offer to prospective partners. Then, you can focus on learning some basic dating skills to help you navigate the dating world in a manner that will help to increase your odds of success while decreasing your odds of suffering from outcomes like rejection, ghosting, and flaking.

Read the full guide here: How To Master Your Dating Life – The Complete Guide

8. Social Connection

Vital life domain: Build your tribe. 

The crucial components:

  • Master your relationship with your intimate partner
  • Develop your leadership abilities
  • Build your family
  • Build your circle
  • Build your tribe
  • Invest in your community

Basic overview:

You build a tribe, family, and circle in your life by bringing other people into your frame, nurturing them, providing safety and security for them, and by building positive relationships and cooperative infrastructures into your life to facilitate a better life experience for everyone involved. This is a very leadership-oriented, team-focused affair. Building a successful tribe is crucial and important to the human instinct to survive and thrive.

Read the full guide here: How To Build Your Tribe – Like A True Alpha Leader

9. Legacy

Vital life domain: Create a lasting legacy of greatness. 

The crucial components:

  • Decide how you’re going to change the world
  • Expand the borders of your empire
  • Create a lasting legacy that will outlive your mortal lifespan

Basic overview:

You build a legacy in life by finding a purpose, building an empire, and creating enough value in the world that future generations will continue to benefit from the work you’ve left behind—even long after you’re gone.

Read the full guide here: How To Create A Lasting Legacy Of Greatness In The World

Final Thoughts

That concludes my summarization of the 9 best life areas for goal setting—though admittedly there’s still a lot to learn. 

Does this list resonate with you?

Do you feel like this speaks to your inner alpha, and makes sense to you?

If so, consider checking out the in-depth guides and digging a bit deeper into my own alpha code, The Oath of Kings and Queens. 

I hope, at the very least, that this list has inspired you to start thinking about areas of life for goal setting you may want to start investing in. 

It all matters. It’s in our best interest to try our best to live an optimized life—so that we can become the best version of ourselves and win

That’s all I’ve got for this one. 

Go with grace, my friends. And never give up your power. 

Until next time…

Joshua K. Sigafus