Goals conversation questions
The goals we set in life often define our futures. This is a fascinating speaking topic that can lead to deep conversations. These goals discussion questions are just what you need to get the dialogue started!
For ESL learners this can be a fairly challenging discussion. The most difficult words in this activity include – related, immediate, unrealistic, lifestyle, achieve, bucket list, realize, determined, accomplish, nervous, and inspiration.
The goals conversation questions are –
1 – What are your goals in life? How do you plan to achieve them?
2 – What goals have you set for the immediate future? How do you plan to achieve them?
3 – Do you have any long-term goals? What is the reason for having them?
4 – Why do you think that people set goals? Are they important for a person’s happiness?
5 – Do you know anyone who has set an unrealistic goal? Why is it impossible?
6 – How can being healthy and having a good lifestyle help people reach their goals?
7 – How would you advise a person if their only goal was to be happy in life?
8 – Do you think that your parents and other family members have achieved their goals?
9 – If you wrote down a bucket list of your top ten goals in life, what would be on it?
10 – Did you have any goals when you were younger that you now think are silly?
11 – What is a simple goal that you can go out and realize tomorrow? How can you do it?
12 – Do you have any goals related to health, fitness, or exercise? What are they?
13 – What kind of things can make people more determined to achieve their goals?
14 – What is the main thing that holds you back from accomplishing your goals? Why?
15 – Do you think it best to focus on one goal at a time or have many at once?
16 – Are your financial goals similar to those of your friends and family? In what ways?
17 – Would your goals be different if you only had 5 years to live? How would they differ?
18 – What is a goal that you have achieved and are proud of? Was it hard to accomplish?
19 – Do you expect to be setting new goals in your old age? What might these goals be?
20 – What is something that you hope to learn or be good at one day? Will it take long?
21 – Have you set any goals that involve relationships with other people?
22 – What is a goal that makes you feel nervous or afraid? Why do you feel this way?
23 – What is something that you want to do in the future that includes adventure?
24 – Who would you recommend people to read about for inspiration about goals?
25 – What is the most common goal amongst young people in your country these days?
For a different kind of activity, try asking your group to write down all their goals. This can be done for short-term goals this week, starting today, and longer-term goals in the distant future. It can be helpful to provide a list of goal categories for this.
Examples of these categories are goals related to –
- Family and friendships
- The outdoors
- Learning and study
- Healthy living
- Conquering fears
- Helping others and charity
- Work and career