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110+ Goals for 2023 And How to Set Them in a SMART Way

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What would you like to accomplish in 2023?

Are you familiar with the issue of setting goals at the beginning of each year and then not following through?

In this post, we’ll go through 110+ examples of goals you can set in 2023.

Additionally, I teach you (video below) a self-coaching strategy that helped 1000 of my clients to finally follow through and reach their goals.

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With this blueprint, you’ll crush your goals and make 2023 your best year ever!

Let’s dive right into it.

Why You Should Set Goals

Setting goals has several benefits.

For starters, it allows you to know which moves to choose and at what time and in what way.

Goal setting also allows you increased clarity on what you want in life. It also helps to challenge you to accomplish more success in your life.

Setting goals also helps to increase and align your focus to things that matter. With well-set goals, you don’t just walk-through life aimlessly.

Goal setting also helps you create clarity and momentum in both your personal and professional life.

Other reasons you should set goals include:

  • Improved decision making since you already know what you want
  • Act as motivation
  • Allows you to take control of your future
  • Gives you a sense of purpose in life

Now that you know why it’s essential to set goals, let’s look at how to set goals for a successful 2023.

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Essential Guidelines to Setting Goals

Think About Your Lifetime Goals

What is it you want to achieve in your life? What do you want your legacy to be?

Although most people have an idea of how they’d want their lives to turn out, very few know how to get there.

Thinking about your long-term vision allows you to know what goals need to be set for the different aspects of your life. 

Make Your Goals Smart

After coming up with your lifetime goal, you should then break it into smaller achievable chunks.

These smaller goals need to be SMART.

For every aspect of your life that you set goals, make sure that these plans are:

  • Specific, clear, and well defined
  • Measurable
  • Attainable and realistic
  • Relevant to your lifelong goals
  • Timebound/have deadlines.

Write Them Down

If you want to achieve your goals, you should make a point of writing them down.

Committing your goals to paper and the steps required to achieve this goal will help you remain accountable. 

When writing your goals, frame them in a positive statement, as this improves your retention and motivation rate.

You should also frame the goals in a place where they’re visible. Having a constant reminder of your dreams will help you to remain motivated. 

Related: Dreams Vs Goals: Differences & Strategies To Succeed

Create Milestones and Track Progress

Most people give up on their dreams because they feel that their goals are too big and overwhelming.

However, that shouldn’t be the case.

Dividing your goals into small achievable milestones allows for them to feel more attainable. These little milestones also act as a source of motivation. With each completed milestone, you become more motivated to work on your goals.

It’s also essential to develop a way to track each of your goals. By tracking, you’ll be able to know whether you’re progressing or not.

Think About the Why

If you want to remain motivated as you work towards your goals, it’s vital to think about the “why.”

Why do you want to achieve that goal?

Self-growth experts explain that having a concrete reason for working on a specific goal allows you to remain motivated despite any challenges and setbacks.

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110+ Goals for 2023

Personal Goals For 2023

One of the first areas in life where you should set clear goals is your personal life. What personal growth goals do you want to achieve?

To help you out, here are a few examples of personal goals you can set for yourself in 2023.

#1. Wake Up Early

One of the most common characteristics of the ultra-successful is that they wake up early.

Waking up early allows you more time to get things done. It also gives you more time to yourself and could also promote better sleep.

So, for 2023, set a goal to wake up before the sun rises, and you’ll be bound to see some changes in your life.

An example of a smart goal for waking up early could be, “In 2023, I will wake up at 6 am for at least six days a week.

Wondering how to achieve this goal? Check out this article on tips for waking up early.

#2. Have a Morning Routine

If you’re going to wake up early in 2023, it’s best to have a set routine to help guide your mornings.

Having a morning routine increases your chances of having a great and productive day.

For 2023, use Robin Sharma’s 20-20-20 morning routine formula.

Under this program, you’ll set aside the first 20 minutes after waking up for working out and physical movement. The following 20 minutes should be for reflection and planning, while the last 20 minutes should be spent learning.

With such a routine, you’ll be able to start your days powerfully and are likely to be more productive.

An example of a smart goal for a morning routine could be, “In 2023, I will have a five-day morning routine that includes exercise, meditation, and learning something new.”

#3. Spend More Time in Nature

With all the running around that we do every day, it’s easy to forget about enjoying nature.

However, spending more time outside has countless benefits for both your health and well-being.

So, if you want to take better care of yourself in 2023, make sure to set goals related to spending more time outdoors.

An example of a smart goal that you can set to ensure you spend time in nature could be, “In 2023, I will spend at least one hour every day in nature. This could be taking a walk in the park or a weekend hike.

#4. Speak Up More

One of the hallmarks of great leaders is that they’re not afraid to speak up.

Great leaders can challenge others, but they can also listen and learn from criticism without becoming defensive.

For 2023, set a goal to become more confident when making your point heard in discussions or presentations.

An example of a smart goal that you can set for yourself could be, “In 2023, I will speak up at least one more time every week in business-related discussions.

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#5. Travel More

There’s a reason why many highly successful people swear by traveling.

Traveling helps broaden your perspective and allows you to learn about different cultures and traditions.

So, if you want to learn more and broaden your perspective on life, make sure to set a goal for yourself that has something to do with traveling. For example, you can set a goal related to going backpacking through Europe or taking a trip worldwide.

And it doesn’t have to be international travel. You could also set a goal to travel to a different county or state at least once every three months.

An example of a smart goal for traveling could be, “For every three months in 2023, I will take at least one out-of-state trip.

#6. Be More Creative

To be successful, it’s essential to have a creative mind.

This means thinking outside the box and coming up with new ideas to solve problems or take your business in a different direction.

So, for 2023, set a goal for yourself that involves becoming more creative in general. For instance, you could start learning a new language, take up painting, or begin writing your book.

An example of a smart goal for becoming more creative could be, “In 2023, I will take at least one class that challenges my creativity.”

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#7. Work on Being More Humble

Having pride in yourself is good.

However, being too proud can prevent you from reaching your full potential.

So, if you think you have some work to do when it comes to being more humble, make sure to set a goal for yourself that has something to do with this.

However, when it comes to humility, it’s essential to remember that humility is one of the hardest virtues to develop.

An example of a smart goal related to being more humble could be, “In 2023, I will take the time to watch my ego. I will spend time listening to others and will ask and take feedback from other people.

#8. Read More Books

Reading is one of the best ways to develop your skills and grow as a person.

However, many people simply don’t have time to read books.

This is why it’s essential to set reading goals to improve yourself and your life.

An example of a smart goal for this could be, “In 2023, I will read at least one book per month” or “In 2023, I will dedicate at least 30 minutes every day to reading.”

#9. Release the Past

One of the most essential steps in becoming more successful is letting go of the past.

This means cutting out toxic people or relationships that prevent you from being happy or moving on to bigger things. Releasing the past also means that you should let go of past traumas that keep you from achieving success in your personal and professional life.

For 2023, set a goal for yourself to let go of old grudges and begin living life with a clean slate. This could include setting time aside to seek therapy to help deal with past traumas.

An example of a smart goal to release the past could be, “In 2023, I will approach every person and situation as if it’s brand new.”

#10. Be More Compassionate

Many people might be surprised to see compassion on this list, but it’s an integral part of success.

Every person who has ever succeeded at anything has empathized with others and felt some empathy for their fellow man. If you want to be more successful in 2023, you need to improve your empathy skills and become more compassionate.

An example of a smart goal for this could be, “In 2023, I will work on listening to my emotions and understanding why I feel the way that I do” or “In 2023, I will practice kindness without people-pleasing, and will be less judgmental of people.

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#11. Be More Social

One of the main contributors to a healthy and long life is the availability of a community.

Therefore, one of your personal goals for 2023 should be, being more social. If you spent 2021 and 2022 embracing your introversion, 2023 could be the year to start making new friends and being more social.

An example of a smart goal to be social could be: “In 2023, I will ensure that every week, I meet and converse with at least one new person.” or “In 2023, I will visit at least one social place once a week.”

#12. Develop Resilience and Perseverance

Having the resilience to brush yourself off after a fall is crucial for succeeding in life.

For this reason, you should set a goal for 2023 that involves developing your perseverance and resilience.

An example of a smart goal to develop perseverance could be, “In 2023, I will challenge myself physically by doing something every day that pushes my limits.” or “In 2023, I will not let myself become discouraged by the mistakes I make.

#13. Smile More Often

Smiling naturally will improve your mood and the mood of those around you. For this reason, one personal goal that can help to make you more successful is to smile more often (while still not faking it).

An example of a smart goal related to smiling could be, “In 2023, I will smile at two new people every day.” or “In 2023, I will make a conscious effort to smile more often.”

#14. Declutter Your Home

With all the things we own, it’s easy to accumulate too many items without realizing it.

Having a cluttered home contributes to a lower quality of life. For this reason, you should set a goal for 2023 that involves decluttering your home and keeping it tidy to become a more productive person.

An example of a smart goal related to decluttering could be, “In 2023, I will spend at least one weekend every month purging items that I do not need.”

Career and Business Goals

To progress in your career or grow your business, you need to know what you want and what you’ll do to achieve this. 

By setting clear goals, you’re one step closer to achieving your career dream.

But what are some examples of career goals? Here are some examples:

#15. Share Knowledge

In our previous article, we talked about how to use coaching for leadership development. One of the ways to do this is by actively sharing your knowledge with coworkers.

By sharing knowledge, you also learn from your coworkers, and it’s also likely to make them more appreciative of you.

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will share skills or knowledge with at least one person every day.

#16. Develop New Skills

To ensure continuous professional growth in 2023 and beyond, it’s essential to develop new skills.

In 2023, set a goal to start a course where you learn a new skill, sign up for workshops and attend industry events that help you build your professional skillset.

An example of a smart goal involving developing new skills could be, “In 2023, I will start a course or join an organization that will provide opportunities to learn at least one new professional skill every six months.”

#17. Be Known for Something

Many people want to be known for something ‘great,’ but they don’t act.

Don’t be among these people.

Instead, set a goal for 2023 that involves you being known for something.

An example of a good smart goal to ensure you’re known for something could be, “In 2023, I will achieve a work milestone that gets me noticed and recognized by my boss and peers.”

#18. Be the Calming Voice of Reason

When deadlines are fast approaching or opinions are being thrown out everywhere in the office, you want to be the voice of reason that everyone can rely on.

So, set a goal for 2023 that involves becoming this person.

Being the voice of reason could also mean being the person who helps to diffuse tensions.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will be the go-to person for settling arguments, resolving conflicts, and diffusing tensions in my office.”

#19. Be Proactive

Are you the kind of person who lets external conditions at work influence your decisions?

Don’t be this person in 2023.

In 2023, aim to be more proactive. Be the person who creates or controls situations rather than the person who’s always responding.

Some of the ways you can be more proactive in 2023 include planning, setting goals, as well as taking responsibility for your actions.

An example of a smart goal for being more proactive could be, “In 2023, I will do things that are in my control to help me achieve results or meet goals.

#20. Be a Better Time Manager

If you want to do more things in a day, be more proactive, and experience less stress, it’s essential to become a better time manager.

So, for 2023, set a goal for yourself that involves becoming a better time manager.

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will manage my time better by keeping and sticking to a schedule.

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#21. Work Towards Proper Work-Life Balance

Who doesn’t want to achieve a work-life balance?

Working every hour under the sun while sacrificing your personal life will only result in burnout sooner than later.

For this reason, achieving a healthy work-life balance in 2023 should be among your top goals.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will get more sleep and spend at least one night per week on my interests.” or, “In 2023, I will spend at least two hours a day with my family.

#22. Appreciate Your Work More

If you spend every day at the office, you’ll likely lose touch with how much value your work has to offer.

Set a goal for 2023 so this doesn’t happen.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will appreciate my work more by adding more positive energy when working.” or, “In 2023, I will start my day with a list of things to be grateful for in regards to my work.

#23. Get a Promotion

Do you want to advance your career and increase your potential earnings in the next five years?

Well, if so, getting a promotion in 2023 should be one of your top goals.

Set a goal related to this for 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will earn my next promotion by demonstrating leadership ability at work.”

#24. Speak Up During Meetings

If you’re someone who sits through meetings and doesn’t say a word, it’s time to change that.

Don’t be the person at work who people think is quiet and shy. There’s no need for this in 2023. For this reason, set a goal related to speaking up during meetings.

An example of a smart goal for this could be, “In 2023, I will speak up during meetings because it allows me to contribute.”

#25. Improve Your Networking Skills

If you’ve been working for a while now at your current company, then you’re likely aware of how important networking is.

So, if you want to keep advancing in your career and develop new skills, it’s time to start improving your networking skills in 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will build stronger relationships with my coworkers by engaging them in more conversations” or “In 2023, I will start using LinkedIn more.”

#26. Increase Your Salary

What do you plan to accomplish if you have the same job, the same title, and make the same salary in five years?

Change this in 2023. For 2023, set a goal to ask for better pay at your current workplace.  

An example of an excellent smart goal for increasing your salary could be, “In 2023, I will ask for an increase in my salary because it is worth the extra effort.”

#27. Develop Your Teaching Skills

Those who are good at teaching others are the sought-after candidates for leadership positions in companies.

So, if you want to advance your career and increase your potential earnings within five years, develop your teaching skills.

For this reason, set a goal related to developing your teaching skills for 2023 so that you can get started right away.

An example of an excellent smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will start teaching others what I know because it helps me learn the material better.”

#28. Become a Problem Solver

Do you want to be a leader at work? Then, it’s time to stop complaining and start making suggestions.

In other words, become a problem solver in 2023 because that’s what leaders do.

So, for this reason, set a smart goal related to becoming a better problem solver in 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal for this could be, “In 2023, I will become a problem solver by offering solutions to issues that are brought up in meetings.”

#29. Improve People Skills

Do you want to advance your career and increase your potential earnings in the next five years?

Well, if so, improving people skills should be one of your top goals.

So, for this reason, set a goal related to this for 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will improve my people skills by learning how to support others better.”

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#30. Volunteer for Leadership Roles

Do you want to be a leader at work? Then, it’s time to stop complaining and start making suggestions.

In other words, volunteer for more leadership roles in 2023.

So, for this reason, set a goal related to volunteering for leadership roles. An example of such a smart goal could include, “In 2023, I will volunteer for a leadership role because it increases my exposure to upper management.”

#31. Always Be on Time

Are you the person who’s always running behind schedule? This might hold you back from advancing your career because leadership positions require punctuality.

So, for this reason, set a goal related to consistently showing up on time in 2023. An example of an excellent smart goal could include, “In 2023, I will always be on time because it betters my professional reputation.”

#32. Have More Energy

Are you constantly tired at work?

If this is the case, then it’s probably impacting your productivity.

Often when we are tired, our efficiency at work goes down, which means that we are less effective overall in everything we do.

So set a goal for 2023 related to having more energy.

An example of an excellent smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will have an abundance of energy throughout the day because it allows me to be more productive.”

#33. Be the Voice for Diversity

Diversity isn’t just about being accepting of people from different backgrounds.

In addition to this, it’s also about being the voice for diversity at work which means that you should be bringing up issues of inequality and unfairness.

So, for 2023, set a goal related to becoming the voice for diversity at your workplace because this can lead to better opportunities.

An example of an excellent smart goal could include, “In 2023, I will advocate for diversity by bringing up issues of inequality and unfairness as they come up.”

Financial Goals

This is perhaps one of the most popular aspects of life when it comes to setting goals.

Everyone wants to achieve financial freedom. But what are some examples of financial goals? Here are some examples:

#34. Start Paying Off Student Loans

Student loans can derail your life, which is why you should make paying off such loans a priority.

This is a good goal since it drives you to set other minor goals to achieve this.

For example, while paying your student loans, you may need to read several books on debts and finances. You’ll also need to set the goal of having a monthly budget to ensure you reach your target loan repayment amount.

So, for 2023, set goals to help you pay your student loans. An example of a smart goal related to paying off student loans is, “In 2023, I will allocate at least $500 a month to pay off student debt.”

#35. Build Up Emergency Fund  

If there’s one thing that 2022 taught us, it is that anything can happen.

This is why building an emergency fund is a worthy goal for 2023. By starting to build your emergency fund, you’ll handle unforeseen life events better than most. 

An example of such an excellent smart goal might include, “In 2023, I will have at least $5000 saved in an emergency fund” or “in 2023, I will build up an emergency fund of at least four months experience.”

#36. Be Debt-free

Being debt-free is another great goal because it’s both smart and ambitious.

This is why you’ll need to set several sub-goals that are important to paying off your debt.

For example, you may have a plan of attack that includes selling unwanted items on eBay or Amazon so that the money can go towards paying off your debt.

For 2023, set goals related to being debt-free. An example of a smart goal could include, “In 2023, I will aim to clear debts as it allows me to achieve financial freedom.

#37. Make Payments to Credit Card Debt

Debt stagnates your life.

Therefore, you should set a monthly goal to put some money aside to pay high-interest debts such as credit cards. Developing such an intent will drive you to come up with a monthly budget to ensure you have enough money to pay off your credit card debt. 

An example of an excellent smart goal related to making credit card payments could be, “In 2023, I will make $400 monthly payments to my credit card debt until it’s fully paid.

#38. Start Saving More for Retirement

This is something that most young people will brush off until it’s too late in life.

However, saving for retirement is something that you should do from a young age.

This will involve setting saving goals related to the amount you aim to put into your 401k or IRA plan each month. Most financial advisors recommend that you set aside 15-20 percent of all your income towards retirement.

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will set aside 15-20 percent of my income for my retirement.”

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#39. Limit Unnecessary Expenses

If you’re looking to achieve financial freedom, you’ll first have to cut off unnecessary expenses.

Limiting unnecessary expenses will also help you save more for your retirement and money to pay off debts.

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will reduce unnecessary expenses by 30 percent.”

#40. Set Savings Goal for Vacation

Another good goal is to set one related to saving up for a vacation.

For example, one smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will have saved $4000 for an annual vacation.”

#41. Save up to Buy a House

Another great goal is to start saving to buy a house in the future.

This is obviously something that will take time but setting this as your goal will motivate you to start saving more than usual.

For example, one smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will start saving at least $500 for a house down payment.”

#42. Start Investing

Starting to invest is an excellent way of achieving financial independence because it allows your money to grow without you having to do anything other than setting up the initial investment, which often takes only a few minutes.

For example, one smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will open a low-index investment account and start investing at least $100 per month.”

#43. Build Multiple Sources of Income

No matter what your job is, it’s always worth bearing in mind that you should look for ways to increase your income.

This can include setting up a side hustle or finding ways to earn extra money from your current job.

For example, one smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will develop two additional sources of income.”

Family and Relationship Goals

I don’t know if you’re like me, but family is the most important thing. 

This is why it’s essential to set family and relationship goals. Here are a few examples of family goals for 2023.

#44. Learn More about your Partner and Their Family

Learning more about your partner and their family is another good goal to set in 2023.

Setting this as your goal will help to give you an idea of what you can expect from spending time with them and their family.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will make it my mission to learn about my partner’s family history.” or “In 2023, I will research my husband/wife’s immediate family tree.”

#45. Travel Together with Family

One good goal to set with your family is related to traveling together.

This will give you the chance to have fun while spending time with your loved ones, which can help strengthen your relationship.

Traveling with your spouse is also great as it helps you to relax and reset your relationship.

So, for 2023, purpose to create time for traveling with your family, friends, or relationship partner.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will take my family on at least two vacations” or “In 2023, I will take a short out-of-town trip three months with my girlfriend/boyfriend.”

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#46. Have Regular Dates

Setting up regular dates with your spouse or partner is another good goal to set.

This can help you to have fun, relax more, and strengthen your relationship. It’s also a great way of remembering all the things that attracted you to each other in the first place.

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will set aside one night per week for dates with my spouse.”

#47. Create a Balance Between Time Alone and Time Together

Having a balance between time alone and time together is essential for any relationship.

It allows you to have an opportunity to spend some time doing things that don’t involve your partner while still having fun with them at other times too.

In 2023, don’t smother your partner with your presence. Also, don’t be too distant. Aim to achieve balance.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to creating this balance could be, “In 2023, I will spend at least two nights pursuing personal hobbies, and two nights pursuing common hobbies with my partner.”

#48. Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Kids

Having a good relationship with your kids is also crucial for any family.

So, if you don’t have one yet or it’s not as strong as you’d like it to be, make this one of your goals in 2023.

One example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will schedule one family event per month with my children” or “In 2023, I will ensure I get home early to spend at least one hour with my kids.”

#49. Learn and Respect Your Partners Love Language

Ever heard of the five love languages?

If not, please check out Dr. Gary Chapman’s book on the five love languages.

In the book, Chapman explains that every person has a specific way to show and receive love. These are:

  • Quality time
  • Acts of service
  • Physical touch
  • Gifts
  • Words of Affirmation

For 2023, set a goal to learn and respect your partner’s love language.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will ask my partner to take me through the love languages quiz and discuss them with me” or “In 2023, I will make sure to show my partner love based on their love language.”

#50. Create Couple Friendships

Having couples that you are close with can be a lot of fun. It also helps you to have some people who understand your relationship and what you’re going through.

Having couple friendships has also been linked to happier relationships and increased attraction to each other.

So, if you’re looking to infuse more happiness in your relationship in 2023, set a goal to make at least one couple friend.

A great smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will be friends with at least one couple who understands what we are going through” or “In 2023, I will set up a weekly dinner with one couple we are close to.”

#51. Maintain Physical Intimacy

Physical intimacy is one of the main ways that we express love for each other.

And by physical intimacy, I don’t just mean sex.

Physical intimacy could be as simple as cuddling.

So, if you feel like physical intimacy is lacking in your relationship, make it a goal to maintain physical intimacy in 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will show more physical intimacy to my partner. This includes holding hands, kissing, and regular cuddling.”

#52. Have Regular Conversations About Your Relationship

Every Sunday, my wife and I have a relationship audit. This is where we discuss how our relationship fared through the week.

In this audit, we discuss what made both my spouse and me angry and what made us happy.

This relationship audit helps us not to drift apart as well as make changes in behavior early on.

If you feel like your relationship is lacking communication, 2023 is the year to change this. Set a goal to have regular conversations about your relationship.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will create a date night that is about taking time out and discussing what went well and didn’t go so well in my relationship” or “In 2023, I will schedule weekly conversations about our relationship.”

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#53. Share Household Chores

Who does the chores in your house?

If you’re like most couples, then there are probably some tasks that one partner will do more often than the other.

However, research has shown that sharing household chores can lead to happier partners and a happier relationship.

For this to happen, you need to set a goal to share household chores in 2023.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will ensure that we split the housework equally” or “In 2023, I will ensure I help with the dishes or help make dinner at least five times a week.”

#54. Keep in Touch with Your Family

Your family can be a big part of your life. Unfortunately, modern life has made it easy to stop talking to our families.

But if you want to have a long and healthy relationship, make sure you keep in touch with your family.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will call my parents at least once a week” or “In 2023, I will visit my parents at least four times a year.”

#55. Relinquish Control

Control can be an attractive quality.

Being able to control yourself and the situations you find yourself in is seen as a virtue by many people.

However, controlling your relationships can stifle the other person and lead to a lack of trust.

Setting a goal to relinquish control in your relationship can keep things fun and exciting.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will stop trying to control everything about my partner’s life.”

#56. Take More Time for Sex

This is one of those things that may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many relationships are lacking in this department.

If you want your relationship to last, make sure it has sex. And lots of it!

And don’t just have sex for the sake of it. Make sure that both you and your partner enjoy it.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will carry out new sexual research every month and implement my learnings in the bedroom at least once every week.”

Health and Fitness Goals

Health and fitness is another aspect of life where most people set goals.

Whatever your health and fitness desire is, it’s essential to set clear and measurable goals to keep you focused and motivated. Here are some examples of health and fitness goals you can set for 2023

#57. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is an essential ingredient to good mental and physical health.

So, for 2023, purpose to get enough sleep. This could either be seven or eight hours of sleep.

To do this, you may set a goal to sleep earlier than usual or to cut down on screen time at night so that you can get enough sleep.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will go to bed by 10 pm to ensure I get enough hours of sleep.”

#58. Quit Smoking

There are lots of reasons to quit smoking.

For one, it is terrible for your health and can cause a plethora of long-term problems such as heart disease and cancer.

It’s also expensive, and second-hand smoke is uncomfortable for those around you.

So, if you’re planning on having a decent relationship with those around you or simply want to live a healthier life, make sure you quit smoking.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “By March 2023, I will have stopped smoking.”

#59. Move to a More Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet is much healthier than a meat-based one.

It’s also better for the environment.

So, if you want to take care of yourself, the planet, and others you share it with, make sure your 2023 will include more plants in your diet.

An example of a good smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will only eat meat roughly twice a week.” or “In 2023, 80% of my diet will be plant-based.”

#60. Lose Weight

This is one of the most common goals people make every new year.

It’s also one of the hardest to keep.

So, if you’re planning on losing weight in 2023, make sure it is a smart goal.

That means being specific about the amount of weight you want to lose and where. It would also help to have a solid plan for how you will lose this weight.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “By March 2023, I will have lost 10 lbs. of weight. This will include no more than 15 minutes of cardio at the gym five times a week and following my new meal plan that excludes starchy carbs.”

#61. Run a Marathon

Have you wanted to test your physical fitness and endurance?

Why not make 2023 the year to do this by setting a goal to run either a half or full marathon before the year ends?

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “By the end of 2023, I will have completed at least one half or full marathon.”

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#62. Eat Breakfast Everyday

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

So, if you want to kickstart your metabolism every morning, make sure you eat breakfast before leaving home.

Just remember to avoid simple carbs like pastries and cereals, which are essentially sugar in disguise.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will eat a healthy breakfast every morning before leaving home.”

#63. Exercise More Regularly

This is another common goal that people have every start of the year.

Walk into any gym in January, and you’re sure to find tons of new members. However, most of these new members will have quit or are no longer regular visitors by February.

Don’t let this be you.

In 2023, set a clear goal to exercise more regularly. An example of such a smart goal could be, “In 2023, I will exercise at least three days a week.” or “In 2023, I will ensure that I don’t go for two days without exercising”

#64. Unplug Yourself

It’s easy for us to get sucked into scrolling through social media and watching TV.

Make 2023 the year you unplug yourself. This could be anything from reducing your time on social media to taking a break from social media and screens.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In March 2023, I will take a 30-day break from social media.”

#65. Practice Yoga

Yoga is a great way to de-stress and balance the mind and body.

It also helps with flexibility and blood flow. And if you’re looking to lose weight, it will help you burn more calories even when you’re not working out!

So, for 2023, set an intention to practice Yoga regularly.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will practice at least 20 minutes of Yoga every day.”

#66. Walk More

One of the ways you can improve your health in 2023 is to walk more.

Walking has been linked to better cardio health and better results for people looking to lose weight.

So, for 2023, embrace more walking.

An example of an excellent smart goal related to this could be “In 2023, I will take at least 15 minutes of walks every day” or “In 2023, I will aim to walk 20000 steps every day.

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Spiritual Goals

The spiritual aspect of life is perhaps one of the most neglected when it comes to setting goals.

However, it’s essential to set goals to help you grow spiritually. Here are some examples of spiritual goals that you can set in 2023

#67. Meditate Daily

One of the best ways to start growing spiritually is to develop a meditation practice.

Meditation has also been linked to better mental health, lower stress levels, and improved focus.

So, for 2023, set a goal to meditate at least once every day. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will meditate for at least 15 minutes every day.”

#68. Practice Gratitude

There are many benefits to being thankful every day.

These could include having lower levels of stress, better sleep at night, and improved relationships.

For 2023, make it a goal to practice gratitude every day. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will write down three things I’m grateful for every day.”

#69. Cultivate Solitude

Solitude is an essential practice for spiritual growth.

It’s time you take to just be, without distractions. It may be just what you need to reset your focus and regain peace of mind

For 2023, set a clear intention to cultivate solitude regularly. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will spend at least one day completely alone.”

#70. Spread Kindness and Love

The easiest way to help others is to show them kindness and love.

This helps you grow spiritually, as well as helps uplift other people’s spirits!

For 2023, take the opportunity to spread love and kindness every day. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will do something kind or loving for at least three people every day.”

#71. Practice Tolerance

So many of us are easily angered or offended by what others say.

Furthermore, there’s so much hate and anger in the world today that it can be easy to get caught up in this negativity.

For 2023, make it a goal to be more tolerant. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will be more understanding of others and will be more tolerant to other people’s beliefs.”

#72. Practice Forgiveness

Life is complicated, and sometimes we make mistakes.

And when these mistakes are made against us, it might be challenging to release the anger and pain they’ve caused us.

However, forgiveness is great as it allows you to let go of the pain and hurt.

In 2023, set an intention to be more forgiving. However, don’t let people walk all over you.

A great example of a smart goal related to forgiving could be, “In 2023, I will not hold grudges. I will be more forgiving and understanding to the people around me.”

#73. Pray More

When was the last time you prayed?

If you can’t remember, that’s a clear sign that you haven’t been praying much.

However, praying helps us feel closer to our spiritual side and improve communication between us and the Higher power we feel connected to.

For 2023, make it a goal to pray at least once a day. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will spend at least five minutes every day praying.”

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#74. Get Clear on Your Beliefs

What do you believe in? Is it possible for someone to come and sway you from your beliefs?

In 2023, make it a goal to get clear on your spiritual beliefs.

This will help ensure that you don’t let anyone sway you from them and help develop a deeper connection between yourself and the Higher power you feel connected to.

An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will get clear on my spiritual beliefs by reading at least two new books related to my beliefs.”

#75. Help Someone Else on Their Spiritual Journey

Being of service is a great way to develop your spiritual connection.

You’ll feel like you’re making a difference and be able to feed off the positive energy that comes along with it!

For 2023, make it a goal to help someone else on their spiritual journey. This could mean mentoring someone or simply listening to them.

An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will volunteer to help at least one person learn how to meditate.”

Educational Goals

If you want to remain in a state of continuous growth, it’s crucial to develop a lifelong learning culture in any aspect of your life.

Which is where educational goals come in. Educational goals help you to expand your future. Here are some examples of academic goals that you can set in 2023.

#76. Go Back to School

Do you often feel like your college degree isn’t helping you get the career you wanted?

Well, the new year provides you with an opportunity to remedy this situation.

So, for 2023, set a goal to go back to school. It could be one where you aim to get a college degree, one where you want to finally get your high school diploma or a goal to earn your second degree.

An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will go back to school. I will earn at least one certificate” or “In 2023, I will finally earn my high school diploma/ second degree.”

#77. Do Assignments Early

Do you often procrastinate on assignments and then end up rushing at the last minute?

Change this in 2023.

In 2023, set a goal to complete assignments early. To achieve this goal, you’ll also have to set a goal to become a better time manager.

An example of a smart goal related to this is, “In 2023, I will complete assignments as early as possible. To achieve this goal, I will work on becoming a better time manager.”

#78. Read More Books

Do you want to improve your vocabulary, enhance your critical thinking skills, and become more knowledgeable?

Well, then reading books is the best way for you to do all of that.

In 2023, set a goal to read more books.

An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will read at least one book every month.”

#79. Participate in School Activities

Do you want to have a better social life?

Then participating in school activities can help you achieve this.

In 2023, set a goal to participate in at least one school activity. Whether it be a sport, club, debate team, or anything else, put it on the priority list and do it

An example of a smart goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will practice my public speaking skills by joining the debate club.

#80. Earn Extra Credit

Do you feel like your current grades don’t reflect how much work you put in? Well, the new year provides a unique opportunity for you to do something about it.

In 2023, make it a goal to earn extra credit in school by taking on some more work or joining an extra curriculum club.

An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will take on some extra work and try to get at least one more A in my class.”

#81. Find a Mentor

Having a mentor can make your life easier and help you achieve success faster, no matter how ambitious you are.

So, in 2023, set a goal to find a mentor who can provide guidance and support for whatever you’re pursuing. An example of a good goal related to this could be, “In 2023, I will find a mentor who can support my goals in life.”

#82. Intern with a large company

#83. Practice sexual transmutation

#84. Lower stress in life

#85. Reevaluate your life

#86. Believe in yourself more

#87. Accept and start working on fixing your flaws

#88. Be comfortable being you

#89. Stop worrying about the future

#90. Move to a new place

#91. Get out of a toxic relationship

#92. Move to a new city

#93. Get six-pack abs

#94. Learn about your ancestry

#95. Attend your favorite artist’s concert

#96. Tick something off your bucket list

#97. Become a digital nomad

#98. Get therapy for underlying issues

#99. Stop smoking

#100. Develop self-restraint

#101. Get coaching

#102. Get a dog or a cat

#103. Learn to ski

#104. Take a trip by yourself

#105. Dye your hair

#106. Take a trip with your family

#107. Become a vegan or a vegetarian for a month

#108. Forgive and forget

#109. Reduce your plastic consumption

#110. Start having ‘no social media’ days

#111. Delete at least one social media account

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Goals for 2023 FAQ

What Are Some Good Monthly Goals?

For you to crush your yearly goals, you’ll need to come up with monthly goals. An example of such goals include:

Declutter One Room per Month Until House is Free of Clutter

Your yearly goal could be remodeling your house.

To do this, you may need to throw away some items. Setting a goal to declutter at least one room per month allows you to take the first steps towards remodeling your home.

Have at least one “Me Day “Per Month

We get caught up taking care of other people and forget to take care of ourselves. Which is why you should set a monthly goal to have a “me day.”

By setting such a goal, you’ll save up and plan for your special day alone.

Related: A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

Participate and complete a 30-Day Challenge

This is perhaps the best way to learn and create new habits.

It’s said that it takes 21 days to make a habit stick. Participating in several 30-day challenges will allow you to build new habits. An example of a challenge can include “read at least for 30 minutes for 30 days.”

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What are the five smart goals for 2023?

One of the most frequently mentioned tips when setting goals is to make them SMART. In the list below, we’ll look at several examples of smart goals.

Loose at least 16lbs. by March 31, 2023

Losing 16lbs is a pretty tall task. However, based on the health benefits you’ll get from losing this much weight, this is worth pursuing. Making this a smart goal will allow you to remain accountable and give you a better chance of achieving it.

Here’s a breakdown of this as a smart goal:

  • Specific: You’re aiming to lose a certain amount of weight
  • Measurable: You have a minimum value to meet (16lbs)
  • Achievable: Although it will require you to put in some extra effort, this goal is highly achievable.
  • Relevant: Losing weight equals a healthier and better lifestyle. If you have a goal to live a long healthy life, this goal is super relevant to your life long goals.
  • Timebound: You have a set deadline to achieve this goal (March 31, 2023)

Learn a New Skill (e.g. Coaching) by May 30, 2023

Learning a new skill is one of the ways to ensure you remain relevant in the job market. Whether you want to ask for a raise at work or want to start a side hustle, learning a new skill will go a long way in helping you achieve these goals.

Here’s a breakdown of this goal:

  • Specific: You want to learn a new skill (e.g. coaching)
  • Measurable: Proficiency in different coaching methodologies will illustrate you’ve acquired this new skill.
  • Achievable: Although you may have to sacrifice some time to learn this skill, it’s still viable.
  • Relevant: This goal is appropriate, especially if you have a larger goal to increase your income and achieve financial independence.
  • Timebound: You already have a set date by which you should have mastered this new skill (May 30, 2023)

Run a Marathon in October 2023 (5k, 10K or half)

Signing up and committing to run for a marathon is another goal that will significantly help you improve your health. Here’s a breakdown of this goal:

  • Specific: You want to run a marathon. It could be a 5k, 10k, or half marathon.
  • Measurable: You can set monthly running targets to help you assess your progress towards achieving this goal. You also have a minimum distance you’d want to run by October 2023.
  • Achievable: Completing a marathon requires endurance and training. However, you can build strength and endurance to complete a marathon.
  • Relevant: If you have a lifetime goal to be healthy, or are looking to lose weight, signing up and running a marathon will help you achieve these goals. 
  • Timebound: You want to be able to run a marathon by October 2023.

Write a Book by March 31, 2023

Is being a best-selling author one of your lifetime goals? Setting a goal to have a completed book by March 2023 will help you move closer to this lifelong goal.. Here’s how you could break down this goal

  • Specific: You want to write a book
  • Measurable: Your book will need to have a minimum number of words. This could be 50,000 words
  • Achievable: Writing 50,000 words is a daunting task. However. It’s possible. By pushing yourself to write a thousand words a day, you’ll achieve this goal even before your set deadline. 
  • Relevant: Setting a goal to write a book will allow you to move closer to your target of being a best-selling author.
  • Timebound: You have a set deadline to complete this task (March 31 2023)

Start a side hustle that brings in $1000 per Month by September 30th 2023.

One of the ways to achieve financial independence is by creating multiple sources of income. A side hustle will allow you to earn more and move closer to financial freedom.

Here’s a breakdown of this smart goal:

  • Specific: You want to create a way to earn more (side hustle)
  • Measurable: You want a side hustle that gives you a minimum of $1000 per month.
  • Achievable: Starting a side hustle while maintaining a job will require you to put in extra time. However, with consistency, this goal is attainable.
  • Relevant: Maybe you want to pay off your debts. Or maybe you want an extra income — the goal to set up a side hustle is pertinent to helping you achieve this larger intent..
  • Timebound: You have a specific deadline to have built a side hustle (September 30th 2023).

Any Further Questions

There you go.

A complete guide to setting your goals for 2023.  Now you don’t have an excuse not to set your goals for 2023.

However, if you still find it hard to set up goals, please ask any questions in the comments below.

I’ll try to answer every question to the best of my ability.

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