Ten Great Personal Goals to Set This Year


Welcome to 2015! I'm sure you are looking for a way to achieve your goals for this year. Here are some friendly tips.

Setting goals you will actually achieve is the most realistic way to achieving what you want. It makes no sense setting goals you know are out of your reach or those "New Year's resolutions" you know you have no intention of keeping.

Basically, these ideas will help you practice your goal-setting by setting simple life-changing goals that are very easy to achieve. If you can master these simple tips then you are on your way to achieving much bigger ones.


Anyone can set goals but not everyone can execute and achieve them. Many of us get excited to start executing our goals but life or some other obstacle gets in the way and we drop it. Quite a few of us have a dozen unfinished personal projects laying around just waiting for attention. How do you get rid of this procrastination in order to achieve your goals?

I have a simple strategy. It's so simple that you are going to ask, "Why didn't I think of this myself?"

The ten personal goals actually include the strategy to achieve them! Set goals that are of the same theme! Okay that may sound strange and even silly. But haven't you ever done something and it turned out so well that you want to expand on it? Yes, you have. It's like making cupcakes, then you go on to make bigger cakes, then before you know it people are asking for the recipes and you are now opening a pastry shop! Well maybe not, but most businesses start out that way.

Here are ten easy and simple goals to achieve in 2015

These are some goals I achieved in the past.

My goals were set from the year before and I did not achieve the first until the middle of the year, so they were completed in the following year and that is okay. The idea is to achieve the goal and not give up.

  1. Find a job that paid over a certain amount of monthly salary. (Done.)
  2. Replace my crashed computer. (Bought two computers since.)
  3. Get a new refrigerator. (Done.)
  4. Refurbish kitchen. (Done.)
  5. Find a way to make money online. (Doing that now.)
  6. Find ways to make money online faster. (Doing that now.)
  7. Start writing more of what I love in order to make money. (Doing that now.)
  8. Refurbish bathroom. (Done.)
  9. Find a way to really make a monthly income online. (Am doing that now with Elance and Guru.com. Making much more than I asked for.)
  10. Make HP my primary source of income. (Still working on that.)

So basically all my goals were realized. Some goals are long-term investments, like HP, while some are material stuff. The year before that was all about my personal well being.

Ten Great Personal Goals to Achieve This Year!

I usually set goals rather than make resolutions and my goals usually start out with something simple and very personal. One goal usually leads to another. These are just life-changing tips that I have used in the past to help me get from down to up and feeling great even when things don't go my way. You can change them around if you like.

  1. Make a list of goals similar to this one or just use mine!
  2. Make every day count. Don't take it for granted. Live every day like it was your last.
  3. Stop thinking about what's gone and think about tomorrow. When you do this you are looking ahead. Every time you think of yesterday, consciously break your thought and fantasize about tomorrow.
  4. When things go wrong see the positive in it. Take a moment to think about what went wrong and think about the possibilities that maybe something better is ahead.
  5. Take a day away from everything: no work, no home chores, no cell phone unless it's to chat with a friend. You get dressed that day in your best or favorite day clothes, go out to breakfast, do something you have always wanted to do, then have lunch, go to the spa and treat yourself. Let it be your secret. No regrets, so don't think how much it will cost. Just do it and love every minute of it. It's your day. Do want you want, even if it means not taking a shower or brushing your teeth!
  6. Strip naked and look in the mirror at least twice per week until you love every inch of yourself and want to kiss every inch of yourself.
  7. Take a nature walk at least once per week.
  8. Face one of your fears. You must do this until you conquer it.
  9. Do something really crazy that you are sure someone will find odd. Nothing illegal. Something crazy like screaming. Haven't you ever felt like just screaming for fun? It's usually your body telling you that you have pent-up tension that needs to be released and it usually works.
  10. Make sure you have done all the things on this list!

Personal Goals of Mine That Helped Me With My Internal Issues

Last year I achieved the personal goals I set but I realize that with each year comes growth and new goals. So I have a new list. Here it is:

  1. Do one thing I have always wanted to do but haven't had the chance to.
  2. Save towards my dream vacation regardless of the economy.
  3. Discover something I never knew before which means taking the nature walk but using it to learn something new.
  4. Feed at least one hungry person.
  5. Help at least one person who is going through a situation I have gone through before.
  6. Live a healthy lifestyle.
  7. Meditate more often in order to be in tune with my inner self.
  8. Discover something about me I never knew before.
  9. Increase my earning potential.
  10. Never allow others to invade my peace, or mental and emotional space unless it's with positive energy.

Your Goals, Your Way!

You can change around the goals in the above lists or modify them to suit your personal needs. The idea is to start with a list. Tick each goal as you accomplish it.

After you finish this one, set out another ten. If there was a goal on the list you didn't accomplish, transfer it to the new list and start on that one first. Set higher goals that are more tangible such as life goals, finances, education, or love.

Have a great year!

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rai2722 4 years ago

Setting goals would be a perfect way to start a new year. Thanks for the heads up.

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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Congrats on completing your goals in 2010-2011:) Your tips will be helpful to many!

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vasmenon 4 years ago from India

Well that is a nice way of looking at things..goals in life.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

@Rai2722. I personally prefer goals to resolutions. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@Kris Heater. Thank you. As you may notice that some goals are ongoing.

@Vasmenon. Thank you for stopping by.

jenubouka 4 years ago

I think this idea is brilliant! Goal setting for the new year versus resolutions may be the missing link for getting things of vital nature accomplished.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh- I think I'll make a point of working more nature walks into my year, too!

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

@Jenubouka that's exactly what I do. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@Simone, nature walks are good for the mind, body and spirit.

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themespotter 4 years ago from U.S.A.

Taking a daily walk is a great goal.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thank you Themespotter!

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

That reference to not doing anything illegal in your #9 is an important one. I would add also you should try to avoid doing anything that infringes on people's rights. If you live in an important building, for example, having a wild all night party isn't a great idea if you want to stay on good terms with your neighbours. People who live in houses have more leeway as long as it isn't a regular occurance.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

That's great Flora. I guess I was thinking of how to personally feel better about oneself. Kind of a selfish get better thing. But the list can be as long as one wants it to be and treating others as we would have them treat us is a great step towards self betterment.

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localservice101 4 years ago

Setting goals allows as easy assessment.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thank you Localservice101. Have a great day!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello, Emerald, I agree, goals are much better than resolutions. Resolutions imply some arduous, drawn out tasks. Goals imply management of tasks. Well written.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Exactly Cyndi. I stop with the resolution years ago when I realized that non of them were ever met.

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CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

Great hub, I am a big believer in goal setting and then putting plans that I know I can implement to achieve those goals. Its always a good reminder to read pieces like this to stay focused, keeping the eye on the prize in whatever it is you are trying to achieve.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thanks CZCZCZ, I really appreciate the comment. I prefer goals to resolutions because goals have a working plan. Usually resolutions are made on a whim.

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ahmed.b 4 years ago from Sweden

Hi Emrald Strachan

This is great to read your hub. Just to comment a little about it. That is, I think it have been even better to set the goals of life. And then set yearly goal to achieve them. And in each coming year you must be closer to goas of life than before. What do you say about it..?

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Hi Ahmed.b, as I also mentioned in the hub that my ideas are just guides and you can set your own goals, so yes, if you want to set bigger goals then go ahead. I found that when I was depressed and tried to get better small goal on developing my well-being was got me through. After I got better then I set long term goals.

Thank yo so much for reading and commenting.

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nikkiraeink 4 years ago from So. Cal.

Great hub! How are your goals coming for this year?

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Hi Nikkiraeink, sorry to take so ling to respond.

They are coming great. I work from home full time and my primary Hubpages account (different from this one) is gaining too. Good luck with your goals. :)

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BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

It's amazing the power of written goals and I mean written by hand. There is something about that process that makes the goals more connected to me. Thanks for the good Hub.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Hello BuyaBiz, you are right. Writing your goals making them more real to you. Have a great day.

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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

Really interesting hub. I believe at the end of the day it's all about determination or how to make sure we do achieve the goals.

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nabolife 4 years ago from Morocco

If you give a goal, analyze the cause and set a more realistic goal.

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Nizar Noorani 4 years ago

Great article! When it comes goal setting, one of the most difficult aspects is staying on track and working towards your goal until you achieve it. I think this is where most everyone fails. A tool like, spryee.com, becomes invaluable in these cases. spryee.com let's you track your goals & activities with a clean, easy-to-use tracker and provides real time charts & graphs to help you visualize and monitor your progress. Plus it's free to use! Check it out at http://www.spryee.com

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thank you Pringoooals, and you are so right!

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Well I would say you have not achieved your goal, then analyze the cause and set more realistic goals. Thanks for stopping by Nabolife.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thank you Nazir, and thanks for the info on the goal tracker.

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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Hahahaha I love the #6. I'll try to do that just to heighten my self-esteem. Love yourself first. Thanks for the great hub. :)

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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

I really love nature walks. They're meditative, give you some exercise, plus they let you see all the great natural wonders. Thanks for the great hub. :)

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Thank you Iguidenetwork. Have a great weekend.

Emerald Strachan 4 years ago

Hello Fulloflovesites, yes, the nature walks will help you relax and clear you mind. Usually after such walks, ones mind will be ready to take on some goals.

archer 3 years ago

I really hope your a lady or that's just weird mahahahahahaha. But thanks this is really helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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jasmith1 3 years ago from UK

Hello! A great list of goals to achieve. I find goals are more easily achieved when they are more specific with a clear outcome that will be realised once it has been reached.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Jasmith, that's exactly the point of the goals. Resolutions are usually just a whim you get because you think you need to do something for the new year but goals are usually life changing actions which are vital for our development. Thanks for stopping by.

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Good advice. You're right- we should all make every day count. Difficult to do, but very true! Voted up!

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Cardisa, goals such as:

1. Feed at least one hungry person;

2. Help at least one person who is going through a situation I have gone through before;

are specific (except the time frame is not stated), but not the following, for example:

1. Save towards my dream vacation regardless of the economy;

2. Live a healthy lifestyle; or

3. Increase my earning potential.

These last 3 are not specific enough. When you say save, you must specify how much to save. So also, when you say: "Increase my earning potential". "Live a healthy lifestyle" is also vague. You should recast it as, say, walking 30 minutes a day, and stuff like that. Just my 2 cents worth...

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Epbooks, have a great day.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

WalterPoon, my list is just a guide and you the goalsetter need to decide how you will go about achieving your goals. It's not up to me to tell you how to do it. I find that If I follow someone else's specific guidelines it may not work for me. Take for instance someone says, "save US$50 per week toward your dream vacation". This may not be convenient to me as I may only be able to save $10.

This guide gives ideas and I would not dream of telling you exactly how or what to do. It's up to you to chisel your own path.

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Cardisa, I can agree with that but what you actually said was: "Last year I achieved the personal goals I set but I realize that with each year comes growth and new goals. So I have a new list of goals to achieve. Here they are..."

Maybe a little clarification helps because it breaks the rules of goal-setting that we were taught in such courses. And 10 goals do sound to me to be quite ambitious.

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DFW TEEN VOICE 3 years ago from Richardson, Texas

Cardisa i do set goals and anytime i can read or learn something new to enhance my goal setting is great! Reading your article became a reminder that ones goals can be met. Great motivational article for me. Much Success!

Michelle Widmann 3 years ago

This is such a great idea - I think I'm going to make a goal list of things I'd like to accomplish this year. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Dew Teen Voice, I am glad my article was of help. Have a great day.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Michelle, goal setting is better than resolutions and they are much easier to accomplish.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Walter, people set more goals than that. What is wrong with ambition? I can't figure out if it's my article you have a problem with or if you misunderstand my way of thinking/expressing myself.

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Vivian-tmt-hnp 3 years ago from USA.

2:42pm Thursday 6 June 2013

You're right. We all can set our goals, but it 's hard to achieve what we would like to get.


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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Vivian, that's why they say: "Set realistic goals". I had a university mate who told me, "My goal is to have no goals." Today, he's a Buddhist monk.

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nadalee 3 years ago from USA

I love this!!! So positive!!! I definitely believe in having goals. Goals give you incentive and provide purpose to your life. wonderful hub!

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Nadalee, have a wonderful year!

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Reginafasold, In order to better your career you have to determine what it is you want to achieve and make a list. From that list you work toward each item. You also need to make sure you are confident and determined enough to achieve those goals. My Doctor once told me that the thing I wake up wanting to do most in th morning is what I should be doing (career wise). Sonce then everything I did was geared towards writing and I achieved that.

I didn't leave my job until I set the foundation for my writing career. I started freelancing, blogging and creating articles on HP while working so that when I left my job I had something to work with.

SirJackSullivan 3 years ago

I love your suggestion to take a day away from everything once in a while to recover your motivation. I've recently begun re-evaluating what I do for a living: is it worth just having a job when I could pursue a calling or something I can be proud to call a "real career"?

Thanks for your inspiration to put in the efforts to reach long-term goals. I found more pointers about this topic here that you might like: http://www.timesmartme.com/timetips/motivation/how...

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Sir Jack, I don't believe in doing a job just because it's a job. Pursuing your calling may be challenging but it's the greatest reward. I have pursued my calling and have bot regretted it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

SirJackSullivan 3 years ago

Thanks for the encouragement, Cardisa! I will follow your advice.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by Sir Jack. Have a great day!

kkkhhadddy 2 years ago

these are some really encroaching words but really this one:Strip naked and look in the mirror at least twice per week until you love every inch of yourself and want to kiss every inch of yourself.

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Kkkkkadddy, I am very serious about that one...lol. I have done that...well I love looking at myself but it does help the self esteem.

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dhimanreena 2 years ago

It is really important to set up your goals because in the absence of a clear-cut objective, we may get lost somewhere in the path. I promise you I will follow this rules in 2015.

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Dhimanreena, that's so true. Goal setting will see you achieving more than setting New Years resolutions. Good luck for 2015.

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whoissthompson 2 years ago

Goal setting is a key component to success in a lot of things you do. My favorite part of the article is when you talked about seeing a positive in something bad that happens. Very important! Keep up the good work!

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Whoisthompson, thank you. Yes, we often focus on the negative and forget that there is always light at the end of every tunnel. Thanks for stopping by.

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whoissthompson 2 years ago

You are very welcome.

david Mckinney 2 years ago

This page is just great(; i enjoyed the hub part

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks David :)

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BarBoga 2 years ago from Milpitas

I already set my own goals, and I put them in the back of my closet door, so I see them at least twice a day which helps me remember and increase my commitment to meet them

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Barboga, that is great! I have a few goals myself that I need to achieve in the coming year. I wish you every success in the new year with your goals.

Wicmon Joseph Geng 20 months ago

As it has been aforementioned, setting a real goals that one wish to achieve is more simple than implementation. Implementation is the hardest one because on the road to achieving your goals is full of beautiful and dreadful things that you either fight them or allowing them to enter into your house and once they entered into your house, the goals are now in virus hence, getting Kaspersky anti-virus to disinfects them will also need much time and therefore, that much time will procrastinated then make your goals collapse.

Implementation is the most lowering for achieving goals." Sterile your goals and achieve when it is pure"

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Cardisa 20 months ago from Jamaica Author

Lol, I'm leaving this comment because...well...I have no clue what the person was trying to say.

c.j 15 months ago

Hi their,

I am going through a life changing situation called reinventing my self. some of your goals I looked at are great that I put them on to my list to help me re invent my self

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David Buckner 10 months ago

Awesome hub, thanks for sharing. I love inspirational/motivational hubs, because free inspiration is the best kind! :)

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Cardisa 10 months ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you David. I appreciate the comment.

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