Goal setting and self-reflection is extremely important because it encourages us to grow as unique individuals. The days leading up to the new year provide an opportunity to think back and reflect on what was achieved this year.

You should then set targets for the next. They should be measurable and be easy to define.

However, setting your goals is only the first step. After all, you cannot build unless you plan. Everyone has set a goal and never followed through at some point.

Here are 6 personal growth goals for you to set for the New Year.

1. Read 12 New Books


This is probably the goal we will recommend to everyone reading this article. And when we say books, we don’t mean Harry Potter or George Orwell’s Animal Farm. We mean real personal growth books.

No matter where you are looking to improve and grow, in your career, your athletic performance, etc, there will be a book that will help.

Here are some of the books we like the most:

  1. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

We have said 12 because it equates to one book per month.

There is a whole library of books that will provide you with an indispensable wealth of learning and knowledge.

2. Improve Your Fitness


We are sure you’ve heard of the phrase ‘new year, new me’ and most of the time, it’s to do with people improving their fitness.

Now, while this is a great goal, many people fail because they don’t see the results instantly, think what’s the point and go back into their bad habits.

If you’re serious about improving your fitness, schedule your entire day around it.

For example, if you work 9-5, bring your gear with you to work in the car so you can head straight to the gym. For those looking to get stronger, add your muscle mass supplements to your breakfast so you don’t forget.

Also book in a personal training session every now and then to keep you on the right track.

Become a creature of habit and you’ll see your fitness improve.

3. Cook A New Meal Once A Month


While getting into a routine is great for fitness, eating the same meals over and over can get boring pretty quickly, leading to frequent cheat meals or becoming too familiar with a restaurant’s menu.

Instead, buy a recipe guide or look online for some tasty meals that you can make for either yourself or to enjoy with a partner, friends or family.

Set a specific date, for example, the first Saturday of the month to find a meal, buy the ingredients, and cook. This may even mean you save a bit of cash on your weekly food shop

It turns out great, you’ll be motivated to cook it again. If it doesn’t, well, at least you had fun trying and you can look forward to the next month.

4. Put More Money Aside For Investing


Financial goals will help you achieve the financial freedom in life everyone is craving. Without a plan though, this can take a very long time.

The problem with saving money is that it doesn’t do much. No, you’re not spending it, but you’re not making more from it either. Instead, take money out of your monthly earnings and use it to invest.

However, only set aside an amount you can afford to go without spending. Set up a standing order from your pay-day so that this transfer is non-negotiable with your wallet.

The more that your investment fund piles up, the more money you’ll make, getting you to financial freedom quicker than you thought.

5. Take A Course


Putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation will force you to grow. Courses are a great way to do this. They show that you are taking initiative over your life and are personal development focussed.

No matter what the skill is, for example, communication or leadership, a course will skyrocket your ability. Browse websites such as Udemy or Skillshare that have lots of courses to choose from.

You’ll be set certain tasks along the way that will help better your skills. Practical application is just as important as theory-based knowledge.

Make notes of all the progress you have made. Once the course has finished, you’ll be able to see how far you have come.

6. Become More Responsible


By using excuses or blaming others in your life, you’re giving up your control. You’re saying that there’s nothing you can do about it and as a result, you’re powerless.

However, by taking responsibility for everything, you can change the course of action and create what you want to happen.

Remember, you’re the one who chooses what you eat, where you live, who you hang out with, who you date, etc.

By holding yourself accountable, you will see things in a whole new light. You’ll start making better and more effective decisions and your quality of life will improve.


Setting one or more of these goals will see 2019 be an incredible year for you. If you do decide to use them, put a plan in place that will help you achieve it.

Tom Buckland