42 Goal Ideas for the New Year

When a new year or season of life rolls around, it’s common to want to set some new goals. Goals help us set ourselves on the right path to get to where it is we want to be in life. Sometimes, though, we need a little help getting started with our goals.

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Whether you’re wanting to set some business, personal, health, finance, or spiritual goals, this list of goal ideas will help get your mind going on some good goals you can set for yourself in this season.

Work/Business Goal Ideas:

  • Reach a certain amount in revenue, profit, sales, or other productivity metric
  • Grow your network
  • Get involved on a committee or team for a special project
  • Expand territory, grow client base, or otherwise broaden business reach
  • Start a side-hustle
  • Acquire a certification or other credential related to your field or position

Health/Fitness Goal Ideas:

  • Workout 3-5 times per week
  • Join a fitness class, gym, or recreational sports team
  • Try a new form of fitness/exercise (yoga, running, cycling, weight-training, etc.)
  • Stretch daily
  • Sleep 7-9 hours every night
  • Cook more frequently
  • Bring a lunch to work at least 2-3 times per week instead of eating out
  • Reach your target weight range (based on your doctor’s recommendations)
  • Run a 5k or participate in another sort of race or competition

Personal Goal Ideas:

  • Read a certain number of books in a year
  • Start a new hobby or spend more allotted time on an existing hobby
  • Learn something new or take an online course about something that interests you
  • Engage in self-care (quiet time, meditation, bubble-baths, etc.)
  • Build friendships
  • Attend counseling

Financial Goal Ideas:

  • Pay off debt
  • Purchase a car, home, or other asset
  • Create an emergency savings account
  • Build credit
  • Start a monthly budget and organize your finances
  • Put away a certain amount into a retirement fund

Travel Goal Ideas:

  • Visit a specific destination
  • Travel to a new nearby town once per month for a day trip
  • Explore the city you live in (try new restaurants, hangouts, and activities)
  • Travel to see family
  • Go on a road trip

Spiritual Goal Ideas:

  • Grow in a specific fruit of the Spirit or godly attribute
  • Practice trusting God more and letting go of fear
  • Overcome a certain bondage or stronghold
  • Engage in a designated quiet time daily
  • Participate in a Bible-reading plan
  • Get involved on a serving team at Church
  • Join a small group at Church
  • Build godly friendships
  • Share your testimony
  • Go on a mission trip or participate in a local service day or event

The Key to Setting Effective Goals

At the end of the day, the key to setting effective goals is to set goals that are clear and measurable, goals that align with where you want to end up in the future, and goals that match with where you feel the Holy Spirit is leading you in your life. No goal is an end-all-be-all, but setting goals can without a doubt help us to prepare for a successful year ahead.