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Here are some goals in life you should consider to be happy and fulfilled. 

And just like that, another year is here and you may be thinking of New Year Resolutions or what you’d like to accomplish in 2024. 

Over the past few years, New Year’s Resolutions have gotten a bad reputation and I don’t blame people for bashing them because they are often very vague and we kinda forget about them after a month or so.

This is going to be my healthiest year yet.

I’m going to get in the best shape of my life.

This is the year it is all going to turn around for me.

But what does that truly look like? What does that mean to you? These things will probably look a little different for everyone since we’re all on our own unique paths and have different dreams for our lives. 

So the first thing I’d suggest is taking the time to ask yourself what you truly want. What do you want your life to look like and how can you accomplish this?

Lucky for you, this time of year is the perfect time for self-reflection and to ask these very questions. 

If you’re introverted, you may have goals to break out of your shell and thrive in the extroverted world we live in. This causes unique challenges on your journey to self-discovery and fulfillment. 

I definitely recognize the importance of setting goals that honor introverts’ natural energy levels and goals that align with our authentic selves. To own the fact that you’re introverted and this isn’t a bad thing. 

So this year, let’s set goals in life that are aligned with who we are at our core. Ones that feel aligned and manageable. 

If you’re feeling stuck and unsure of what goals you want to set, that’s okay. This can feel a little daunting at first so take a deep breath and try to remove some of the pressure of getting it right on the first go around (since that barely ever happens). 

In this post, we’ll talk about general goals that are a good starting point as areas in your life to work on. But with all of these, you’ll have to dive in deeper and determine what exactly this looks like for you.

Because the key to any goal is to be crystal clear on what you want to accomplish. 

Goals to Consider in Life for Introverts

A lot of these are also great goals for extroverts since the difference between introverts and extroverts is how we regain our energy. So struggling with shyness, making friends, or experiencing confidence issues is not saved just for introverts. 

There is nothing wrong with being introverted. After all, there are many benefits to being an introvert. You just need some extra alone time to recharge your batteries. 

Discovering who you are

This is a meaty one and a lifelong journey but building self-awareness is key to a happy and fulfilling life. If you know who you are and what makes you tick, it makes every other decision a little easier because you can make decisions that are aligned with yourself and your values. 

But a lot of us spend way too much trying to downplay what makes us unique because we want to be accepted. 

This leads to self-limiting beliefs and our minds trying to keep us safe. 

Being accepted is a part of being human. We need human connection and to be a part of a community so this isn’t a bad thing but it is important to work on overcoming these self-limiting beliefs so we can live life to its fullest.

To do this, you’ll need to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors regularly to discover what triggers you and what lights you up.

Self-discovery is exciting and you’ll learn a little more about yourself each year but a good goal is to spend some intentional time learning about yourself. This can be accomplished by journaling, meditating, trying new things, and approaching each situation with curiosity. 

This will lead to embracing authenticity

Gone are the days when everyone is trying to be the same. Authenticity is totally in and hopefully here to stay. 

Once you start discovering who you are, it’s time to own it. Trust me, life is way more fun when you lean into loving yourself instead of trying to be someone you’re not. 

So embrace and celebrate your introverted nature. Acknowledge and appreciate personal strengths, interests, and values. 

It’s time to love who you truly are and what you have to offer this world. Which will lead to a boost in confidence and the ability to be more assertive.

And I don’t mean this in a bad way. Simply, being assertive means being able to express your needs and desires. It’s standing up for yourself and what you believe in. 

Accepting your overthinking tendencies

As introverts, we spend a lot of time in our own heads. This can be a great thing because that is how JK Rowling came up with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or how Albert Einstein could better understand the Universe. 

But sometimes we can get stuck in an overthinking pattern that doesn’t serve us. Like the time we stuttered during that speech or someone misinterpreted what we were trying to say. 

So instead of trying to stop this natural tendency to overthink, why not redirect it towards constructive thoughts? 

Because it isn’t overthinking that is the problem. It’s that you’re focusing on the negative aspects of the situation. Think about it. Is it a bad thing when you really think about a difficult situation and come to a decision you feel really good about?

You don’t really want to lose the ability to think things through and your brain is never going to stop thinking so it is more productive to find a way to redirect your thoughts then to make them disappear. 

So why not redirect these thoughts to something more productive? Or if that doesn’t work, give yourself the time to overthink it but then move on. 

Some examples of mindfulness techniques are:

  • Meditation or journaling to manage your thoughts better 
  • Letting yourself overthink for a set amount of time then moving on
  • Redirect that energy by moving your body

Developing a mindset technique that works for you is key in being about to use overthinking for good. 

And if overthinking is something you really struggle with, here are 10 ways to stop overanalyzing

Getting out of your comfort zone

If you want to change your current situation, you’re going to have to do things differently. 

Which means getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there which is far from easy. But if you can muster up the courage to do it, that is where growth happens and where that future version of yourself that you’re dreaming about is. 

So I encourage you to try to step beyond those familiar boundaries as often as possible. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy but little steps outside it every day can make a huge difference. 

It’ll expose you to new experiences and prove to yourself that you’re braver than you may think. 

Or that it really isn’t that hard or scary. 

You grow from a place of discomfort so do the things that scare you (assuming it doesn’t put you in physical harm of course)

Outside your comfort zone may be where that hobby you’re searching for is hiding. 

Everyone should find a hobby that they love. 

Hobbies are what lights us up and fuels our creativity and fulfillment so it’s important to find what your thing is. But to do this, you’ll need to explore different activities and try new things until one sticks.

It may not be obvious at first so approach each experience with curiosity and try whatever piques your interest. 

Healthy Relationships

As humans, we crave connection. We aren’t meant to be hermits even introverts who claim they hate people need someone.

Whether that is a significant other, your family, or a pet, you are going to want to interact with another living creature. It is just how humans are.  

But that doesn’t mean that you have to strike up conversations with everyone on the street. The goal here is to focus on quality over quantity in relationships. 

Growing up, it is all about being popular. It doesn’t matter if those friendships aren’t the best, as long as you have lots of ‘friends’ you’re doing well.

I know when I was younger, it was important to me how many friends showed up to my birthday party. 

I was lucky and always had a lot of friends show up but I know some children aren’t which can be a big blow to their self-esteem. However, the ironic thing is that as we get older, everyone’s friendship circles naturally dwindle.

Life gets busy and it gets harder and harder to spend time with our peers. 

We start to realize that we only want to invest our time and energy in certain individuals. After all, we don’t have time for that friend that is going to bring us down. 

So take a look at the people in your life, whether that is a significant other, family member, or friendships you’ve made along the way, and decide if you actually want to spend time with these people. 

If not, don’t. Don’t spend time with people if you just feel obligated. You aren’t going to reap the benefits of human connection if it’s with the wrong people. 

So decide if the relationships in your life are ones you care about or if you need to still find your people. Then invest your time in those relationships that fill your cup and make you feel good. 

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It’s important to set healthy boundaries around your time

A part of having healthy relationships is being able to set boundaries and for this to not feel like a personal attack against them. 

In many ways, our society praises people who constantly have plans or are always on the move but as an introvert, we need to combat that and have time for ourselves.

Which leads to setting healthy boundaries. Our time and energy are so precious so you want to spend it wisely. 

So start taking inventory and figure out what your personal limits are. 

Ask yourself:

  • Are there particular people that drain your energy? That make you feel energized?
  • Are there certain situations that are more tiring? 
  • What energizes you?
  • How much alone time do you need to feel good?
  • How often do you need alone time?

Once you know how certain people or situations affect you, you can create boundaries around them to feel your best. If you approach boundaries with this self-awareness, it is much easier to communicate these boundaries because you know why you’re setting them.

It’ll make it much easier to not have fomo or feel guilty if you know it is in your best interest and you aren’t just saying no to say no. It’s how you’ll feel empowered to decline those social invitations you don’t want to go to. 

Improving your Communication Skills

Another yearly goal should be to improve your communication skills. This is something I’m constantly working on and something that I have to practice regularly. 

Building social confidence can be tough and it is definitely a skill that has to be developed. 

As an introvert, you may struggle with small talk. You enjoy those more meaningful, deeper conversations but it is hard to get to that point in the conversation if you struggle to break the ice with some small talk.

After all, most people have their guard up at first. A lot of people, especially if you’re shy like me, don’t want to be vulnerable to a stranger and I don’t blame them. People can be mean.  

But if you want others to open up to you, you have to open up to them. And just like anything, practice makes perfect with communicating with others so you have to put yourself out there. Practice talking with colleagues, with people on social media, and with friends of friends. 

The more you do it, the easier it’ll get and it won’t seem so bad. And if you come across that mean girl, you’ll have more confidence to know that it’s their problem, not yours. 

Energy Management

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One of my big focuses this year and going forward in my life is managing my energy and this is important for everyone to consider. 

If you’re tired all the time, you aren’t going to be able to put your best foot forward. That is why health is so important becuase it truly impacts every area of your life. 

I’ve struggled with my energy levels for years now but now that I’ve embraced being an introvert, I’ve been able to manage it a little better from that perspective. 

Of course, just knowing that I’m an introvert isn’t super helpful. I have to implement this knowledge into my daily routine. 

So the goal is to create an Energy-Friendly Routine.

This means identifying peak productivity times and scheduling tasks accordingly. 

I’m a morning person so I like to do some of my bigger projects first thing in the morning if I can.  

Also, I make sure I’m scheduling in time for me to recharge and prioritize self-care. I can’t constantly be working all day long. It just doesn’t work for me. I need breaks so I take them so I can come back more focused and get more done in less time. 

This even includes the occasional afternoon nap if I can swing it. 

It has taken a lot of trial and error but I’m getting closer every day to finding a routine that makes me feel energized and in flow. This is going to look different for everyone but it’s important to pay attention to where your time is going. 

Test different schedules and see how you feel. Try adding or removing one habit at a time to see how it affects your day. It’s really important to approach this slowly so you don’t overwhelm yourself with a completely new routine. 

The routine you have right now is probably serving you in some way so instead of doing a complete 180, just think of one thing that will make your day better and try adding that for the next week. If it helps, keep it. If not, try something else.

Then try not to add any new habits until the new habit you’re currently working on implementing becomes a part of your autopilot routine (you know, the things you do without even thinking about it). 

Once you have a routine that feels good to you, then you need to support this routine by creating those healthy boundaries that we talked about earlier.

So start thinking about what habits are going to support the person that you wanna be or what habits are currently hindering that person. Then slowly start to test out new routines until you find the routine that is going to work for this season of your life.

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Remember, this is truly a lifelong goal. You aren’t going to be able to create this amazing in-flow routine overnight and that’s okay!

Slow but steady is going to win the race. 

I suggest picking one of these goals and working on it. This will help reduce overwhelm and keep you on track. 

These goals are tough after all but they will make a huge difference if you currently feel stuck or missing your purpose. 

Self-awareness is a key theme throughout them so taking the time to understand yourself is going to be where you make the most bang for your buck. 

After all, every step towards self-discovery is a journey worth celebrating.

Until next time,

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