Did you know the second Friday of January is unofficially called "Quitters Day"? & January 17th is "Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day"? Ouch. If you haven't already given up or are still on the fence, this post is for you. Here are my top goals worth keeping.
#5 - Goal Setting
Who makes a post about goals that matter, to say one of those goals is goal setting?! I do. That's because this isn't just about setting goals. It is about how you go about goal setting, too. Setting specific, achievable goals is a cornerstone of success, but too often, we let our goals get lost in the shuffle of life's chaos.
Whether they are related to career, personal development, relationships, or any other aspect of life, clear goals provide direction and motivation. Creating a process for your goal setting is important to achieving them. Whether writing them down, creating a vision board, or utilizing a step-by-step planner, an intentional, conscious process can be the difference between success and failure.
A good goal-setting process is a tool that can help your mindset truly shift and commit to achievement vs. giving up a few weeks in. Regularly revisit your goals and process as needed, adjusting and celebrating the progress you make along the way.
#4 - Trying Something New:
This tied on my list with "Learn Something New" for 2024. That's because the art of exploration and discovery helps you step out of your comfort zone and is a powerful way to grow and enrich your life.
We've been in a chaotic world for the last couple of years. Loneliness and isolation are more prevalent than ever. Enough is enough, and it's time we reclaim that narrative. This year, make it a goal to try something new – whether it's learning a new skill, taking a vacation somewhere you have not been (my favorite), or something as simple as trying a new food. Embracing novelty keeps life exciting and opens up new avenues for personal and professional development. Bonus points for trying things that make you just a healthy level of uncomfortable!
#3 - Hone In On Healthy
No, not weight loss. In 2024, we've moved on from weight loss-focused goals. If you haven't made the shift, I give you permission to reset and catch up right now. While weight loss isn't a bad goal, there are plenty of unhealthy ways to weigh less.
We need to think about our health more broadly and its varying components. (Mental, physical, etc.) This year, make it a goal to really hone in on healthy habits and behaviors that uplift you or improve how you feel. Understand the subjective nuance of feelings from medical facts. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some things are inherently not great for you. Do your research, but also try things out. (See last goal!) It's also important to understand that what is healthy and best for you is not necessarily what is healthy and best for everyone else.
Ultimately, health is wealth, and investing in your well-being should be a non-negotiable goal for the year. Whether it's adopting a regular exercise routine, embracing a balanced and nutritious diet, prioritizing sufficient sleep, reducing screen time, or all of the above, good health is the foundation for pursuing your other goals.
#2 - Master Your Money
I promise I'm not here to tell you to drop your shoe obsession or that you'll get rich from quitting your Starbucks habit. What I am suggesting, however, is that you figure out where you stand and how to move your money going forward. With this "will it / won't it" become a recession, there is no better time to get financially literate and in control of your money.
If you're living paycheck to paycheck, this goal still applies; it just looks slightly different. I'm not here to tell you your financial goal is to be a millionaire in one year. Maybe you can do that, maybe you can't. What anyone can do, though, is get educated. Learn about where you stand relative to your goals. Educate yourself on your financial risks and strengths. Understand if your job is at risk with a recession or is likely to hold strong.
Financial well-being is not guaranteed, but you can take charge of your finances in 2024 by setting clear financial goals, creating a budget, and establishing a savings and spending plan. Start with small, bite-size goals like "get more knowledgeable." Then, whether you're looking to pay off debt, save for a significant purchase, invest for the future, or get those new Prada pumps, you can plan and set new goals accordingly. Once again, your money is a catalyst for your other goals, which is why it makes my list of goals to keep this year.
#1 - Prioritize Your Peace
We have already discussed that it's been an absolute dumpster fire over the last few years. We discussed reclaiming the narrative by getting out and trying new things, mastering your health and finances, and the last worthy goal for 2024 is a big one.
If you only keep one this year, it should be prioritizing your peace. Whether that means disconnecting from toxicity, reconnecting to your passions, prioritizing people differently, or simply taking a moment, you can't lose with this resolution. Meditation and stopping to take a minute before responding are two things I'm doing more of this year. Let me tell you, it works.
Remember that this, like our other goals worth keeping, will look a little different person by person. Clarity of mind is again a gatekeeper to other goals. So, whatever helps you move through the day without getting overly triggered and reactive is worth exploring more in 2024!
As we embark on the journey that is 2024, let these five goals guide you toward a year of purpose, growth, and fulfillment. By prioritizing your peace, mastering your money, honing in on healthy habits, trying something new, and setting meaningful goals, you can create a roadmap for success that aligns with your values and aspirations. Here's to a year of personal triumphs, self-discovery, and a life well-lived. Cheers to 2024!