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How to Set Goals for Self-Improvement

Do you struggle to set meaningful goals you can stick to? Here's a simple method for setting goals that you can actually achieve.

Setting goals can be daunting, especially if you a) have a huge list of goals you’d like to accomplish or b) you’re totally lost when it comes to choosing the right goals for yourself.

I’ve set a lot of goals for myself over the past few years, and I even used to share them on the blog on a monthly basis. At some point, I started to burn myself out from goal setting because I wasn’t being super intentional about what I wanted to accomplish.

Do you struggle to set meaningful goals you can stick to? Here's a simple method for setting goals that you can actually achieve.

It’s easy to get caught up thinking that our goals need to be monumental or based on another person’s definition of success. Sometimes that leads to focusing too much on the numbers, whether it’s a paycheck, followers on Instagram, and weight on the scale.

I’m currently in the process of setting goals for the year, and I’m making sure that I’m setting them for me and not anyone else.

My plan is to focus on fewer, more meaningful goals so that I’m setting reasonable expectations and not overwhelming myself.  

Because setting goals can be an intimidating process, I want to help you figure out your top goals and create a plan to achieve them. Keep reading to find out how you can set actionable goals for self-improvement so that you can Make Time for what matters to you!

Why You Should Set Goals


I started getting serious about goal-setting when I was in college and wanted to get good grades. I would write down my goal, my reason for wanting to achieve the goal, and 3-5 action steps I would take to reach it. I’ve been out of college for a while now, but I still use this goal-setting method as a way to improve other areas of my life.

It’s easy to get trapped in our daily routines when we aren’t working towards something bigger and better for ourselves, which is why I want to encourage you to set goals for yourself.

Do you struggle to set meaningful goals you can stick to? Here's a simple method for setting goals that you can actually achieve.

Challenge yourself to make your life the way you’ve always envisioned it. Find ways to make time for what truly matters to you.

So many of us are distracted by the things that don’t matter. As part of their #MakeTime movement, my friends at Wente Vineyards created a video to show how these distractions affect us on a daily basis.

We see in the video below that so many people wished they spent their time doing what matters with people who matter the most instead of being glued to their phones.

It’s an important reminder that we could all improve our lives if we focused on what truly matters to us. That’s why it’s so important to set goals that encourage you to step away from the distractions and noise that prevent us from living intentional and meaningful lives.

Related Post: 5 Ways To Make Time For The People And Things You Love

How To Set Intentional Goals


If you’re struggling to come up with goal ideas, think about what you’d like to achieve physically, professionally, and financially.

Consider what you want to make time for, whether it’s spending time with your family, working on a side project you’ve been putting off, or taking time for yourself. You could even create a list of 100 things you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime.

Important note: Take into consideration how you want to feel, rather than just setting goals based on numbers because they might look good on paper.

Do you struggle to set meaningful goals you can stick to? Here's a simple method for setting goals that you can actually achieve.

Once you’ve come up with a few goal ideas, it’s time to prioritize them and break them down. Start by choosing your top three goal ideas, and figure out when you’d like to accomplish them by.

It could be a month, a year, or even five years. Make sure you’re being realistic but not too generous with the amount of time you set for yourself.

From there, break each goal down into 3-5 action steps that give you a clear idea of what needs to get down to reach the goal.

Related Post: How To Figure Out Your Top Priorities In Life

How To Stick To Your Goals


I’ll admit that I’ve set goals for myself in the past and completely forgotten about them after a week. That’s why it’s so important to constantly remind yourself of what you’re working towards.

Do you struggle to set meaningful goals you can stick to? Here's a simple method for setting goals that you can actually achieve.

Now I try to set reminders for myself everywhere. Whether it’s a sticky note on the wall, a reminder in your planner, or a daily alarm on your phone, keeping your goals in front of you is critical to making them happen.

It’s also important to make sure your daily habits align with your goals. For example, if your goal is to pay off your credit card, you would need to tweak some of your daily and weekly spending habits in order to achieve that goal.

Think of habits that will help you achieve your goal and prioritize them in your daily life.

What Are Your Top Goals For The Next 12 Months?


There you have some simple tips for setting goals that matter! I’d love to hear what you plan to Make Time for in the year to come. Leave a comment sharing your top three goals!

Thank you to Wente Vineyards for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.

10 Comments

  1. First time reading your blog and I loved it! I am very excited to go through and read the others.
    My top three goals for 2019:
    1. Get my real estate license
    2. Grow in my relationship with God
    3. Move into my own home

  2. Haven’t been on your blog for a while, but came here for some inspo. Never dissapointed! Thanks for sharing these tips.

    A few of my goals for 2019:
    – eat 100% vegan at home and at work
    – lose 30 kilo’s of weight.. which is a lot but I really want to go for it
    – visit my grandparents more.. while they are still around.

  3. Some of my goals are to:

    1. Stay consistent with my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram
    2. Attain at least a blue belt in Taekwondo
    3. Don’t act without God’s command on what I should do next in life
    4. Make a full-time income as a creative entrepreneur by this time next year

  4. I stumbled across your blog, just in time for 2019 to set some new goals!

    It reminded me a little about something I recently read in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – he goes into depth about how its important that you also enjoy the journey towards your goal and not just the idea of the goal itself, or else you’ll be miserable trying to achieve that goal or never actually achieve it.

    I think thats definitely and important mindset to have, and you’re spot on when you said you have to make time for what matters to you! ♥

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