Meet Gregory, a writer and the brains behind Face Dragons. He's the go-to guy for getting things done. Gregory's been living the digital nomad life in Asia for as long as anyone can remember, helping clients smash their goals. He writes on topics like software, personal knowledge management (PKM), and personal development. When he's not writing, you'll catch him at the local MMA gym, nose buried in a book, or just chilling with the family.
At Face Dragons, we devour our goals for breakfast! The new year is the perfect time to set new goals and make this year different. Finding the right goal can be a challenge, so I made this list of goals to achieve in 2024. So, now you have no excuses! Set one of these goals for 2024.
Want to jump straight to the goals? Use the links below.
- Fun Goals
- Personal Goals
- Intellectual and Academic Goals
- Social Goals
- Career Goals
- Fitness Goals
- Health Goals
- Financial Goals
- Spiritual Goals
Choosing Goals For Personal Growth
Life is busy. Trying to figure out what to focus on this year with so much going on is a problem you don’t need. And you don’t want to give yourself more to do than you can handle.
So, pick goals for 2024 that will push you forward but not overwhelm you. Don’t start with various projects, accomplishments, hobbies, and adventures you’d like to have checked off by the end of the year. Start with your life.
- Make a quick list of your life’s areas of focus.
Everyone has 7 to 15 areas of their life—some that we all share and some that are individual to you. Creating goals becomes much more straightforward when you know your areas of focus.
Here are some of my Areas of Focus.
- This Blog
- Martial Arts
Looking at this list, it’s easy to think of a goal I’d like to work toward for any of my Areas of Focus.
But don’t worry if you still need help thinking of one! I have a whole list of goal ideas below!
Setting Great Goals – How to Set the Best Goals
I’m sure you’ve heard of SMART goals
- Specific – state exactly what you want to achieve
- Measurable – Can you objectively measure your progress or completion of the goal?
- Achievable – Given the timeframe, is this goal reasonable for someone with your skillset to complete?
- Relevant – Do you have a good reason for wanting to meet this goal?
- Time Sensitive – Give yourself a deadline
Let’s look at two goal ideas
- I want to get good at the piano
- I want to achieve grade 9 piano before I graduate high school
You can see why the second is a much better goal to set; it’s a SMART goal. However, remember that you may need to turn the goal ideas below into smart goals before pursuing them. And not all goals need to be SMART. There are many different types of goals.
Types of Goals
When you decide on the goals to work on this year, think about what kind of goals you are setting. Try setting the same goal in different ways and see which works best. There are many types of goals you could set in 2024.
- Long term goals
- Pay off my mortgage in ten years
- Short term goals
- Lose 10lbs in two months
- Quantitative Goals
- Save $1000 by Christmas
- Qualitative Goals
- Have a happy Christmas
- Performance Based Goals
- Life a 315lb bench press
- Outcome-based Goals
- Be accepted into Harvard
- Process Based Goals
- Study for two hours every evening
Here’s the list of goal ideas for 2024
1. Get in the Guinness Book of World Records
It might seem like too much of a stretch goal to break a world record, but plenty of records haven’t received much attention and are still relatively achievable.
The three or four-ring juggling duration world records are relatively accessible to anyone willing to put in the time.
2. Complete a Collection
Some people were born to collect. Others weren’t. But so many collectors never complete their collections.
They have incomplete decks of Pokemon cards, albums of stamps with countries missing, or action figures with that one crucial accessory nowhere to be seen.
So go through your cupboards, the attic, or your display cases and decide that 2024 will be the year you finish your collection.
3. Learn to Play Go
Go is an ancient game that predates chess and is so complex that it wasn’t until 2015 that Google’s supercomputer finally beat a professional human player. Compare this with chess. Kasparov was defeated in 1997 by IBM’s Deepblue, and you can see that it took another 18 years for computing to get sophisticated enough to win the game of Go.
Go is a strategy game of placing stones on a board; the rules are straightforward, and anyone can learn them in minutes, but the game is deep enough to keep you learning and enjoying it for a lifetime.
4. Learn to Juggle
Everyone has picked up three balls, three balled-up socks, or three pieces of fruit and tried to juggle them at some time. So inevitably, you found out it wasn’t as easy as it looked (and bruised the fruit.) But you can learn to juggle! And it probably will take you less time than you might think. Most people can learn the basics of juggling in about 40 minutes. So you could learn to juggle four or maybe even five in a year!
5. Learn to Do a Backflip
Don’t blame me if you break your neck trying this one! Seriously, find a gymnastics coach with all the necessary safety equipment before trying this. Most people are physically able to do a backflip, but are you mentally capable of conquering your fear?
6. Learn to Code
Ever since learning BASIC at school, I’ve loved coding. Building something entirely from scratch, whether a program, app, or website, is still as satisfying as writing those go-to statements years ago.
7. Paint or Draw
So many people wish they could paint or draw but count themselves out simply because they lack natural talent. Most of us aren’t naturally talented chefs or cleaners, yet we cook and clean every day, and over the years, we’ve even gotten good at them. Artistic skills are the same. Sure, it would be nice to be naturally talented, but if you work at it, you can become an artist before the year is over.
Personal goals are goals that positively affect your life. They are essential to achieve for you and the people around you, but others might not get them. So don’t worry about what others want to achieve; these life goals are for you.
8. Start a Weekly Date Night
It’s a little corny, but spending time each week with your partner is an investment in keeping the relationship healthy and fun. So arrange something you like to do – bowling or watching a UFC fight; it doesn’t have to be dinner and drinks every time!
Traveling the world is on everyone’s bucket list, but how many people do it? So don’t wait till you’re too old to enjoy it; make 2024 the year you finally go on that lifetime trip.
10. Spend More Time Doing Things That Make You Happy
None of us get enough time to do those things we love; there are work, family commitments, and other responsibilities, but you can hold the world back occasionally to do something for yourself.
11. Get Therapy
Have you been thinking about getting therapy for a while? Working through those issues and becoming a better person are worthwhile goals and will pay off for the rest of your life. However, you may worry about the cost or if it will even do anything for you. Why not commit to trying one session, then decide whether it’s for you?
12. Spend More Time With Your Kids
Every year, they get a little older and closer to the day they fly the nest. So when you’ve got that project to finish or that important appointment, it can seem like there’s always later, but the truth is, there isn’t.
13. Spend More Time With Your Parents
My parents always seem the same age in my mind, but they’re the age I think of my grandparents now. If we don’t make an effort to spend more time with them, we wake up one day and realize it’s too late.
Intellectual & Academic Goals
Most people think that education ends when you graduate and get a job, but the truth is that if you want to, you can get smarter every day for the rest of your life. Why would you want to? Informed people make better decisions, and since everything you have in life is due to a decision you made, you’d have a better life if you had made better decisions. It’s true for the past, but it’s true for the future, too.
14. Learn a New Language
I love language learning; although I was hopeless as a child, I’ve become fluent in Chinese and Tibetan as an adult. I also learned to read Latin, and I’m working on French next. Although it seems like a mountainous task, learning a language is not hard. It just takes time. If you start this year, you could be a fluent speaker by 2025.
15. Read the Classics
There are lots of opinions on what constitutes the ‘classics,’ but most agree that they include:
- The Bible
Reading the classics is more than simply reading a story; it’s also taking part in a great line of intellectual thinking that started long ago. A reading habit can be a way to engage with our ancestors.
16. See a Shakespeare Play
If you read Shakespeare at school, you might not know that watching it on stage is actually enjoyable. It’s a play, after all. The pageantry, costumes, and atmosphere make watching Shakespeare a memorable and sophisticated night out.
17. Become a Self-Help Guru (read 50 self-help books)
I’ve loved the self-help genre since I bought Mega Memory as a child in the 90s. Since then, some of the most life-changing books I’ve read have been packed with self-improvement tips. So, reading self-help, especially in the subgenres you feel you need most, is a worthy goal for 2024. By next year, you could be a different person if you put them to use.
18. Write a Book
Someone said that everyone has a book in them. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that if I can write a book, you can! A year is an excellent timeframe to write a book. After that, you can publish it and sell copies by 2024!
You can never know which goals will significantly impact your life; some may improve your bank balance, while others improve your subjective well-being. It’s clear, however, that spending time with your friends and socializing has a positive effect. So it’s worth being one of your goals for the year, especially after the two years we’ve had!
19. Gain More Followers
Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or Twitch, reaching more people is the key to getting your ideas out there and even transforming your life.
Becoming an influencer is a common goal, but you need to find more followers first.
So, follow Face Dragons on X and help us achieve our goal this year!
20. Make Some New Friends
Making new friends as an adult can be tricky, especially if you’re an introverted type of person, but making new friends can be a way to improve your life experience. Friends make us happy, and a new friend is a new way to be satisfied. Finding friends doesn’t have to be awkward either; don’t force it; let it happen naturally.
- Go to the same place frequently, the same bar or same cafe, and you will quickly recognize some regulars.
- Join a club; see below for some examples
- Ask someone at work to grab an after-work drink
- Find a community online – it could be a video game community or something you collect.
21. Spend More Time with Your Best Friend
For the past 15 years, my best friend has lived on a different continent. So we would need to take flights to meet up with each other. There’s something about spending time with your best friend that you don’t get from doing anything else. But you need to take the time to make it happen.
22. Reconnect With an Old Friend
Nothing beats the memories of childhood years spent with friends. Of course, as you get older, it’s easy to grow apart as other priorities come into focus. But there’s still significant meaning in reconnecting, reminiscing over old times, and making new memories for later life.
23. Join a Club or Society
The easiest way to meet people is to join a club or society. You always have something to discuss, and the interactions are natural to whatever the activity. At a chess club? Talk about the game. At a yoga class? Talk about yoga!
Examples of clubs you can find anywhere include:
- Book club
- Sports clubs
- Martial arts
- Games (Chess, Go, DnD, etc.)
24. Become a Mentor
Becoming a mentor is a great way to connect with someone and pass along the skills and experience you’ve gathered over the years. If you’ve had mentors, you will know how much impact they can make in someone’s life. While there are organizations that can help you become a mentor, why not see if there is anyone already in your life you could mentor?
We spend so much of our lives working that a more fulfilling career means a better life. Likewise, professional development makes your life more meaningful.
If you’re in a job you hate, your career goal may be to find a new job, but if you’re not, you could use your job for some personal development. Are there skills you could learn at work that would help the other areas of your life? Project management, rapport building, negotiating, and time management.
These could start as career goals, and your boss may even offer to pay for the training or time, but they could help every aspect of your life.
25. Build a Second Brain
You may wonder how building a second brain will help your career, but it becomes apparent when you consider how many of your good ideas are lost because you don’t write them down.
A second brain isn’t just a place to store good ideas. It’s where anything you read, watch, or hear about can connect with every other idea you’ve ever had. Connection is the start of creativity.
26. Start a New Business
Most people wait far too long between thinking about starting a business and actually doing it. Don’t make that mistake. This year can be the year you finally turn that idea into a reality.
27. Get a Promotion
The key to getting a promotion is to make it ridiculous for your boss to refuse. So, how do you do this? Work harder? Network more? Stay late after work? No.
You need to become overqualified for the job above yours. Start by asking yourself what new skills, qualifications, or ways to make the company more profitable you have learned since you got the job you’re in.
Suppose you’re in a tech support role and want a promotion to the database team. Don’t think you’ll learn SQL and database management when you get the job. Instead, learn SQL first (which you need for the job), not just SQL; learn server admin, your company’s ERP system backend, and the company’s business intelligence analytics software (which you’d need if you were a team leader or manager.)
Then, when you ask for a promotion to the database team, it would be insane for them not to give it to you.
28. Find a Job You Love
Doing a job you don’t like is a valuable experience, but doing it too long and it’s a tragedy. But there’s always a way to turn your life around. Although it may seem impossible from where you are, you can change careers and find a job you love. Of course, you have to be smart about it, and you may need to be patient while you build the funds and skills required, but you can do it!
29. Learn to Use GTD
GTD is, without a doubt, the most highly sophisticated time management tool ever created. I don’t think anyone who has tried using it can deny that, but it’s a steep learning curve. Even after understanding and implementing the system, building the habits to stay consistently engaged with your system takes time and effort. However, if you achieve this goal, it will make all your other goals easier.
30. Get Qualified
What qualification or certificate could you get to help you achieve your goals or prove your skills? You may work as a freelance web designer and feel you don’t need a qualification: “I’m doing fine without it.” However, a qualification or certificate may open new revenue streams or promotions. For example, a Tech blog may quote or feature your site because they want an expert opinion. Clients may be more inclined to spend more when they trust your expertise.
31. Create a Dream CV
This is a great exercise that will keep you motivated toward several goals. First, write the CV you wished you had or the CV you think you’ll have in 10 years if you were highly successful.
Write the skills you’d have, the experience you’d have, and the things you’d have achieved by then. Then, look over this CV or resume from time to time and use it as motivation to make it come true.
32. Create a Blog
Even if you have no dreams of quitting your job to become a full-time blogger, building a blog can add credibility and significantly impact your career. Whatever it is you do for work, a related blog where you post about ideas unique to your business helps you build a name for yourself as an expert in the industry. In addition, a website will help when clients google you or when you change jobs or want a promotion.
Are you one of those who make a fitness goal every year in the new year? Make this the year that you stick at it! Rather than creating an outcome-based goal like losing 20 lbs this year, why not make a process-based goal like going to the gym 100 times in the next year? Focus on going to the gym rather than losing weight, and it will melt off you without you even thinking about it. Here are five fitness example goals for 2024.
33. Learn to Swim
Learning to swim is a great new way to exercise, but it’s also a fundamental skill that may save your life one day (or you might be able to save someone else), so it’s well worth learning to swim. Though most people learn to swim as children, there’s no shame if you never learned and want to take lessons as an adult. My wife learned to swim for the first time in her 30s. Go to your local pool and ask!
34. Run a Marathon
Running a marathon is a bucket list staple. Everyone has thought about it, but few ever actually do it. Setting a goal to run a marathon is not really about running a marathon. It’s a goal to run miles weekly; you must follow a marathon schedule to build up your endurance.
35. New 1RM
Lifting more weight on your main lifts is a worthy goal for anyone who goes to the gym. Usually, this means more weight on the bar for the big four:
- Bench Press
- Barbell Press
How much can you lift now? What’s your goal for the end of the year?
36. 100 Workouts
I wrote this as a goal many years ago and have surpassed it for ten years in a row now. One hundred workouts in a year are just two a week. A workout log will keep you consistent and give you something to reflect on and see all your hard work.
37. Gain 10 lbs of Muscle
To gain muscle, you need to work out hard and eat big! Ten pounds is a lot of muscle to pack in one year, but it is achievable, especially if you haven’t been lifting long. Then again, gaining 5 lbs of muscle is still a great goal!
Being healthy means a longer life, more time with your loved ones, and more energy to finish even more goals! Being healthy doesn’t have to mean endless miles on the treadmill or eating nothing but carrots! Set yourself up with a HIIT workout, or try the ketogenic diet.
38. Lose Weight
Losing weight is one of the most common goals people have. But unfortunately, people struggle with losing weight or fat (which is what they mean) because they don’t change their habits. They want to have their cake and eat it, too, literally. There are a million different diets and ways to lose weight, and they all involve one thing – reducing your calories.
Find a way to eat fewer calories forever, and you will lose weight and stay thin.
39. Cut out Sugar
If you’ve eaten the way most of us have, you are undoubtedly addicted to sugar and possibly don’t even know it. Unfortunately, quitting sugar is a process of detoxing your body, and most people will experience withdrawal symptoms. There are real benefits to cutting out sugar, though.
- Decreased risk of diabetes
- Weight loss
- Reduce inflammation
- More stable energy (less low blood sugar-induced crashes)
40. 1 Year of Keto
In 2018, I decided to try keto for 30 days; I liked it so much that I stayed on the ketogenic diet for almost two years! I was in India when I finally ate my first carbs; it was naan bread, and although I enjoyed it, I returned to keto as soon as I got back home. I lost so much body fat on keto, felt great with more energy, and had much more focus at work. It’s a great health goal to try out.
41. Drink More Water Everyday
It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of staying hydrated, but few heed the advice even though everyone knows it. So why not buck the trend and become part of the hydrated minority?
42. Cook 300 Meals
Imagine the type of person you would be if, by the end of the year, you had cooked 300 meals. Healthier, for sure, but also a much better cook. Cooking at home rather than eating out every day also has another great benefit: it’s cheaper! The average meal cooked at home only costs $4; multiply that by 300, and see how much you could save!
43. Grow What You Eat
I recently saw a challenge on YouTube of a couple who only ate what they grew for a whole year! That’s pretty extreme and unachievable for most of us, but it is inspiring. So, while you may not be able to live off the land entirely, why not decide to grow some veggies or fruits this year?
44. Wake Up Early
Waking up early is one of the best habits you can have, according to many self-help and productivity gurus, not to mention millionaires and successful people from all spheres. So there must be something to it, right? So why not find out for yourself? All you need is to know how to wake up earlier.
Financial goals are often the starting point for accomplishments later on in life. The side gig you start this year may be your life’s work or the key to your retirement. The index funds you begin investing in in 2024 might be why you can retire early. So make finance one of your goals for 2024.
45. Save $1000
A great way to end the year is by looking at your savings account and comparing it with how much you had at the start of the year. Whether saving up for a new house or car or just a rainy day, you can’t beat having money in the bank or $1,000 for an emergency fund.
46. Pay off your Mortgage
There are few feelings in life more satisfying than paying off your mortgage. Imagine the feeling that you own your house and never need to make payments on it again. Imagine what you would do with all that extra money each month! Paying off a mortgage is no small feat, and depending on how much you have to pay, it can be tough to do it in one year, but if you wanted to, you could pay off a considerable chunk. Could you reduce your spending by half? Could you get a side hustle to help pay for it?
47. Start a Side Hustle
There are ways to make extra money everywhere now online. Apps like Fiverr and Upwork make it super easy to sell your services, but there are so many more options:
- Lift Sharing
- Food Delivery
- Affiliate Marketing
48. Create a Passive Income Stream
Passive income is the holy grail of the 2020s. Of course, everyone wants to make money while they sleep so they can live the life they want without work getting in the way. However, if you’re willing to put in the time upfront, building a passive income stream to support you is possible.
49. Get Rid of Your Debt
Reducing your debt is the first advice financial advisors give their clients, especially regarding high-interest debt.
- Credit cards
- Short term loans
Tackling these types of debt is the first step to becoming financially stable. In addition, mortgages and student loan debt usually have much lower interest rates, making them less of a problem.
Some people say there are the physical, the mental, and the spiritual domains. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, we should spend a little time on the spiritual side of our lives. If you feel that setting a big goal in this area would improve your life, look at these spiritual goals you can attain.
50. Go to Church Every Week
Some people find this harder than others; they work hard during the week and want that Sunday all to themselves. I don’t blame them; the Lord made Sundays for resting. But if it’s something that you want to do, make this the year that you go to Church on Sundays.
51. Start Meditating
The benefits of meditating are well established, and taking time off to relax can only help you if you have a hectic life. However, you can download an app like Headspace and follow along if you’re unsure how to get started, or you can sit down and focus on your breathing; that’s all it takes.
52. Charity Work
There are opportunities to do charity work all around you. But first, you need to look for them; a quick Google search is all it takes.
53. Practice Gratitude
We live in an amazing world, and if you’re reading this article, you certainly have much to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude is a daily focus on the positive things in your life and feeling thankful for them. It makes you appreciate what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t and may make you a happier, more fulfilled person.
54. Read the Bible
The Bible is the foundation of Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian worldview. Its influence affects how people think in ways we’ll never fully understand. But few of us have read the entire Bible. It’s a big book. It’s a collection of books, so although reading the Bible may seem like an enormous undertaking, reading one book of the Bible doesn’t.
5 Tips for Setting Goals
1. Don’t Set Too Many Goals
I get over-ambitious and set too many goals. For example, when I started this website, I created three sites simultaneously, thinking I could grow them all at once, but I couldn’t. Working on too many goals at once will mean less time and energy for each purpose and will add lots of extra stress.
2. Action is the Engine to Achieving Goals
Don’t think that goal setting is all-important; it isn’t. Action is all-important in anything you want to do. Goal setting isn’t enough if you don’t do anything.
That’s why we face the dragon of inaction, not the dragon of goal-setting! Set your goals, but the goal-setting process doesn’t need to be long; while you’re still motivated by it, move quickly into action!
3. Review Your Goals Regularly
Spend time every day or whenever you can to look over your goals. It reminds you of what’s essential and motivates you to act. I keep my short-term goals on the first page of my planner, so I see them every time I pick them up.
4. Work Towards Your Goals with Others
Find other people working on similar goals; they will help you stay motivated, and you can do the same for them. Check social media groups to find people working on the same goals or set goals with them. Competition can be a great motivator!
Break the Goal Down into Actionable Steps
Remember, you can’t actually do your goals, only the actionable steps that take you toward them. You can’t learn to juggle; you can only practice your throws and try a five-ball flash. Break your goal down into the actions you need to take; you can do those.
5. Write Down Your Goals
Writing your goals down is essential to your success. If you’re not writing down your goals, you’ll forget or disregard them. Writing them down is like making a contract or a promise, saying, “These are the goals I will work towards.” There’s no going back. Use Obsidian to organize your goals, keep track of them, and check them off.