Setting Intentions & Goals for 2024

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Setting Intentions & Goals for 2024

And once again, it’s time for that yearly post. You know the one that every blogger, influencer, and YouTuber puts out each January. Setting intentions & goals for 2024. But what does it all really mean? Anyone can write down an arbitrary list of things they *want* to do. Then, when December rolls around, and you haven’t lost the weight, made the money, run the marathon, or learned the new language, you just pat yourself on the back and say next year? Hey, I’m just as guilty of it as everyone else. I’ve done it a million times. Last year was probably the first time I got serious about making the big changes and became determined to live my life and work to stop operating from a place of fear. While that continues (and will probably always continue) to be a work in progress, let’s look into a few different ways to make changes that stick!

setting intentions & goals for 2024

1. Separate Goals and Intentions

First thing first, knowing that the two terms are not mutually exclusive. A goal can be defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. An intention is “a thing intended; an aim or plan”. So yes, a goal and an intention can both be something you are aiming for. But like the quote in the heading of this post, intentions are the plan you put into motion to achieve your goal.

For example, your goal for the year is to save $1000. So each month, you set the intention to save X amount of money to hit your goal of $1000.

Your intentions should be something that helps you achieve your main goal or dream. If intentions are a bit too hippie-dippie of a term, think of them as mini-goals!

2. Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

I’m sorry, but we can’t just put things out there and expect them to fall into our laps without doing the tiniest bit of work. I know! It does seem like it happens sometimes for other people, but I can promise you that it VERY RARELY happens purely on happenstance. Write your intentions down each week or month. Hell, write them down every day! Seeing it on paper will keep it fresh and at the forefront of your mind. Success is not accidental. Some effort is required.

Get a journal, write down your big goal, and then work backward from there to figure out your plan of action. Not a fan of toting around a paper journal or planner? Go digital! Digital planning is trending hugely at the moment. And if you can’t find one you like, you can always take a moment to create your own for free using apps like Canva.

3. Progress not Perfection

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that quote, “Perfection is the enemy of progress”. Or something like that. And it’s so true! Think about it. How many times have you decided to go on a diet? And you say I’m not eating X, Y, and Z anymore! But then there’s an office party or you head out to happy hour and all you can think about is having some pizza or getting some wings. So you have one slice of pizza or two wings, and then you think, “Well, might as well have more since I already ruined my diet.” And it’s Thursday, so you say to yourself, “I’ll just start again on Monday.” Then you spend the weekend indulging in whatever you want. And when Monday rolls around, you’re mad at yourself for failing or undoing all your hard work, so you just throw out the whole plan.

And that’s how you stay stuck. Because when you aren’t perfect, there isn’t any point in trying.

So what if you have a couple of slices of pizza, or you miss a day at the gym? Acknowledge it and move on! Each day is a fresh start. When you focus on progress, the perfection derailment will affect you less and less. Instead of berating yourself for missing that day at the gym, remind yourself that your body needs to rest and recover to grow and change. And then hit the gym the next day with a renewed vigor towards your goals.

What are my goals and intentions for 2024?

My biggest goal is to create and live a life that I truly love. Which sounds so simple, right? But it’s a bit more complicated than you could imagine. So everything I’m doing is geared towards achieving that. And what does that look like? I’m not 100% certain just yet. But I can tell you that I will be applying these three guidelines when I’m planning it out. That’s what I’m focusing on for January. Planning and setting intentions and goals for the rest of the year. I’m going to use the entire month of January as a bit of a reset period so that I can be more focused on the rest of the year.

Let me know your intentions and goals for this year in the comments below!

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