Have you set your goals for 2024 yet? Goal-setting is a simple and effective practice to help us be more intentional with our actions during the year. Having clear goals gives us a sense of what we want our lives to look like and allows us to take steps toward making these dreams a reality.
The end of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about goals for 2024. If you are feeling overwhelmed and confused about what your goals for next year should be, my greatest hope is that this article may be just what you need to give you some clarity.
Here are my top five tips to set heartfelt SMART goals for 2024 as a multi-passionate entrepreneur!
Tip #1: Perform a Headquarters Ceremony for Goal-Setting in 2024
Carve some time aside to set a business goal as well as a personal goal in a Headquarters Ceremony. I define a Headquarters (HQ) time block as a 2-4 hour chunk of time dedicated to your company strategy which can be weekly, monthly, or whenever your heart desires! This time is so important because we often get caught up in the busy-ness of life and can overlook the fact that we are the CEO of our lives. Whether people at your full-time job know it or not, you are the CEO of your home and your business!
Give yourself time and space to think about setting an aligned goal, both personally and professionally by creating a Headquarters time block in your calendar. In this special time that you have set aside, get comfortable, relax, and clear your mind.
I like to put on a comfy sweater or hoodie, prepare a hot beverage like peppermint tea, put some soft music on (90’s R&B anyone?), and light a vanilla scented candle for my HQ Ceremony. It can look different for you and I encourage you to tap into your five senses to set up a ceremony that works for you. What’s important is making time to think about your goals for the next year.
Tip #2: Choose Theme Words
If you feel stressed out about choosing a goal to define your entire year, you are not alone my Light Worker friend! It can be really tough and feel overwhelming. That’s why my second tip for goal-setting is to choose a few theme words for the year.
Begin by asking yourself some questions like “How do I want to feel this year?” and “What is my higher-order purpose?”. When we quiet the external noise and listen deeply to our heart, we can start to see some themes emerging. We can reflect on the words and/or emotions that come up and use this to choose one to three theme words to guide our goals for 2024 and our direction for the year.
In 2022, my theme words for my business were “stabilize” and “share” and my theme words for my personal life were “allow”, “accept” and “release”.
Tip #3: Create a SMART Goal
Once you’re feeling grounded and in touch with your heart, the next thing we can do is to create a SMART goal and recruit your head for its brainy help. Now, you may have heard the concept of SMART goals, and I think it is brilliant, but I have a small twist on it.
I like to set annual business and personal goals that are Specific, Measurable, ALIGNED, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific and measurable goals are pretty straightforward, but alignment is also essential for goal-setting, especially as a multi-passionate entrepreneur. Your goals need to be in line with your heart’s deepest desires and your highest intentions for you to be able to stay the course. Use your hopes and dreams as guiding lights to direct your actions for the upcoming year.
You also want to set realistic goals. Don’t set goals that would probably take five years to accomplish or something that requires things outside your control to happen for you to achieve it. Finally, giving yourself a deadline to achieve your annual goals is important so that you can work towards them with purpose and intention.
With an annual goal, this is the easy part - your deadline is December 31st! 😄
Tip #4: Hone in on your WHY
After you’ve come up with your SMART goals for your personal life and business, get really clear on your big WHY.
Why do you want to get 4 new clients? Why do you want to have $10,000 in savings? Why do you want to declutter your home?
In the coming days and months of the next year, you will be dedicating a lot of time, energy, and resources to achieving these goals. If you don’t feel connected to the goals you set for yourself, you won’t pursue them with passion, and rightfully so! This life is meant for you to live your dream NOW.
When setting annual goals for 2024, ask yourself - What’s in it for YOU?
Tip #5: Visualize Your Success
Dare to visualize a world in which your most treasured dreams have become true. - Ralph Marston
We may feel hesitant to imagine a future for ourselves where we have achieved our goals. In reality, goals build upon one another - taking you to even bigger things in the future! Visualization is a powerful technique that can help us “see” the future and guide us in the right direction.
Envision your life in 2025. What does your life look like now that you’ve achieved your goals for 2024? How do you feel about your success? What does it mean for your home life, your relationships, your clients, or your career?
Doing this visualization exercise can help you ground into your truest heart’s desires and intentions for the upcoming year and give you confidence that these are truly the goals you want to work towards.
Need a Little Extra Help??
Goal-setting is an intensely personal exercise and these five tips can help you get started. Sometimes, we may need a helping hand to help us find the light and I’d be honored to be a sounding board for you!
If you are feeling confused or unsure about your goals for the next year, I invite you to book a Discovery Call with me. I'd love to hear about your dreams this year and embark on your amazing journey with you!
Let your light shine bright in 2024. Try putting these tips into action to set clear, aligned, and actionable goals for the new year. I can’t wait to see what you’ll achieve!