10 Must-Have Personal Development Goals

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Hi everyone!

In a previous post, we looked at setting goals. But there are also your personal development goals to look at as well. Taking control of your life by striving toward ongoing self-improvement is not only admirable but necessary for self-growth and rejuvenation.

Personal development goals enhance your life in many ways, allowing you to achieve more and become a happier, healthier person. Here are some examples of personal development goals that can have an enormous impact on your life.

Maintain a growth mindset.

By shifting your attitude to one of constant renewal and growth, you recognize that life is a journey that never ends. The job of becoming the best version of you is one you have to work at every day. A growth mindset keeps a positive focus on change and renewal, helping you continue to strive to learn and change over time.

Embrace the fear.

Understanding what is causing your fear and doubt is the first step to eliminating it from your life. By embracing fear and even placing yourself in situations that have previously caused you to be afraid, you can learn how to overcome and move forward with certainty and calm. Sometimes, we fear those things we don’t understand, so embracing it takes away the power fear holds over you.

Grow your resiliency.

Your innate ability to overcome adversity is resilience, and it’s what helps you tackle obstacles head-on. Vowing to become more resilient, then actively working toward that goal, can allow you to become more self-confident and brave. Resiliency helps you feel confident to continue, even after a failure, as well.

Watch your body language.

Because your body language is made of all the non-verbal cues you send to people about what you think, focusing on this can help you communicate more effectively. When your facial expressions and gestures convey different meanings than your words, you may find yourself often frustrated by your interactions with others. Focusing on your body language can help you develop your perseverance, confidence, and assertiveness in all kinds of situations.

Become an early riser.

Early risers experience many benefits over those who sleep late. Those who wake early are more likely to make time for exercise in their daily routine, start their day off with goals set and priorities made, and manage their time better overall. This leads to increased productivity and reduced stress.

Practice mindfulness.

Striving to be more mindful is an essential personal development goal. When you are mindful, you recognize the good in your life and can celebrate it. Mindfulness roots you in the present, not the past, which you cannot control. It also allows you to enjoy your life as you are living it and not just focus on the future.

Develop healthy relationships.

Creating relationships with others, even in the face of differences, is an essential life skill. Work on relating to others through honesty, transparency, and kindness, and you will soon be getting along well. The goal is not to manipulate others but merely to have less conflict in your life, which inhibits your growth.

Read.

Reading can help increase your knowledge, exposing you to new ideas and opinions, and helping you find solutions to your problems. Reading promotes happiness and satisfaction, and the new skills you develop from reading can help you achieve your personal goals.

Manage your stress.

Managing stress effectively is vital for your physical as well as your psychological health and wellbeing. Many of the activities you can do to lower your stress are beneficial in other ways, as well. But knowing your stress triggers and working toward eliminating those is an excellent self-care strategy for everyone.

Let go of any limitations.

When you limit yourself by your beliefs and fears, you can never achieve your goals. Ignore those self-imposed limitations and try new things, take new risks, and stumble in the process. By experiencing failure as well as success, you can grow and expand your skills as well as let go of the fear that may be controlling you.

These are good personal development goals that you can work on all year. You may want to be more specific with some of them depending on your own personal situation. You may even be able to tie them into your word that you selected for the year as well.

For a more in-depth look at achieving your goals, here is a book called Crush Your Goals from my Shop at Life: The Reboot.

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Dominique

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  1. Sara

    Becoming an early riser and developing healthy relationships is on the top of my list! These are all great ideas though; thank you for sharing!

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  2. Ria Amber Tesia

    This is such a great post, thank you for sharing Dominique. I am in the middle of reassessing goals, so your post really helps. I am also trying to practise mindfulness, but it is hard. I have started yoga and I think this helps with staying, or being present.

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      Dominique

      Thank you for reading! I too am trying to be more present as well. I also am trying to restart my yoga practice. It’s been in fits and starts but I am going to get this right this year!

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  3. Marysa

    I am not an early riser for sure! I’ve never been a morning person, and it’s something I need to work on. I am stubborn about going to bed early enough too. I agree about taking risks!

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  4. sara lafountain

    These are excellent goals. I have been working on a few of these already this year. Thanks for giving me the extra boost I needed!

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  5. Annemarie LeBlanc

    My mantra is to never stop learning, never stop improving. I want to be the best I can be for my self, my family and my community. Challenges and failure are only put in my path as learning experiences. Thanks for this post!

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  6. Courtney

    Oooo what a great list of goals!!! It really is important to watch your body language. It’s fraY how doing something so simple as that can change an outcome of a situation

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  7. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I am thankful that I came across this article. All my life I have tried to improve myself but there are always people around me who try to bring me down (some succeeded). I will put these pieces of advice into use this year. With faith, I am going to be my best self ever.

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      Dominique

      I am glad that you found this inspiring. There are always people who try to destroy your shine. We have to keep it moving and get yours. Have a great day and keep doing you!

  8. nirja

    Thanks for the lovely post. Really trying hard to be an early riser because we all know how many benefits we have by waking up early. But, still many of us love to sleep like babies till late morning.

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      Dominique

      It’s not as easy as it was when I was in college but I still don’t regularly use an alarm. I do appreciate staying in bed under a blanket more than I did then but I usually am not asleep (reading or watching tv) LOL. Have a great day!

  9. Elizabeth O

    These tips are very important for achieving even the most basic life goals we have. The more we align ourselves with actions to help move us to complete task the better we feel too.

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  10. Elizabeth O

    These tips are also useful for competing even the most basic tasks we have to do on a daily basis. Reading for instance is a lifelong skill that we all need to pursue.

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