6 Ways To Achieve Personal Growth This Year

January 26, 2018 in Self-Development


Every year I always have the goal to better myself as a person. No one is perfect and we all have areas we can work on. Initially, I was going to write this post from the angle of embracing life’s changes. But why wait for life to force you to make a change when you can start right now?

Here are six strategies I know I use when I am thinking about setting goals and making changes in my life. All of these things work together, should you implement them, I am certain you will see positive changes.


This is a bit of an obvious one, but it is how you track and manage your goals that is going to help you achieve them.  Start out by thinking about your goals for the whole year, then break it down. Set timescales throughout the year of what you should have achieved and by when. If you are really determined to do something, be disciplined with it.


By writing down what you want to achieve, you are making your goal tangible. You are telling the universe exactly what it is that you want. Having written these things down, you will subconsciously work harder to achieve them.


There is no use making goals if you aren’t going to hold yourself accountable. If you let things slide, you will put things off and not end up being able to achieve your goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself but you do need to make sure you are disciplined in order to stay on track.


I believe it is so important to change our environment as we grow and change. Currently living with my parents, I like to change up my room. If you have your own place think about redecorating. There is something about having a good clean and getting rid of things we no longer need that motivates change within our lives. Our possessions often hold memories, sometimes it is necessary to get rid of these things in order for us to move forward to a new chapter in our lives. This could also fall in the form of making new friends or seeking a new job.


There are so many resources available these days that can help with the way we think and the way we live. All of which helps our mental and physical health. Take it upon yourself to read more blogs or books on self-help topics. It will broaden your mind and how you see things.


Most importantly, don’t forget to do the things that contribute to your happiness. Don’t make a load of goals that make it impossible for you to do things you enjoy. Regardless of your goals, make time for self-care. If you focus on maintaining a positive mindset, chances are you will take the steps necessary to stay on track with your goals.


 Are there any other strategies you use to help influence or deal with change?

Do you have any personal growth goals this year?


  • Charlotte January 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    This is such a great post and all of the points you’ve made are so true! I love doing creative crafty things so I recently set up a craft table in my bedroom and it’s given me so much motivation!
    I’m also in the process of researching courses I can do to achieve my dreams – I’m looking at potential social media and marketing courses that I can do and study from home ?
    I’m trying to set myself achievable goals and I’m really excited for the year ahead!

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      I really think having a dedicated space with help motivate you to want to do it! oh wow – the courses will be so good. Keep moving forwards taking steps in the right direction. It may not be a quick process, but reassess where you are every now and then and YOU WILL GET THERE!! xx

  • Katie Henry January 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Love this I’m definitely trying to set goals to gain some personal growth. I’ve definitely tried to make myself do more exercise even when I don’t want to which has really made a difference.

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Getting motivated to exercise is so difficult sometimes, but I always feel so much better afterwards. Definitely worth the reward in feeling so good about yourself afterwards. Keep it going, Katie! xx

  • Ellyn Rebecca January 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I started bullet journaling this year and I think that’s really going to help me with what I want to do with myself this year, I wrote down my goals and keep a habit tracker also to help maintain all the things I want to keep up with!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      That’s brilliant Ellyn! You definitely have the right methods in place to keep you on track. I think sometimes we can get a bit lost but you can just look back at your journal and feel inspired again! xx

  • The Travel Bugster January 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Great post and very informative ?

  • Oddball January 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Great ideas! Especially changing your environment – just tidying up my room or buying a new mug or something perks me up!


    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      That’s it! Buying something or changing something just helps push you forward! Thanks for reading xx

  • Sophie Wentworth January 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I love this so much. I’m going hard on the whole ‘make things happen’ thing this year and this was so motivating. I’m a big fan of lists and planning in general already and changing your space, it’s amazing how much of a mind shift you can have just by walking into a different room. Amazing tips! I’m coming back here next time I’m stuck x


    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 26, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much Sophie! These are honestly things I have been doing and working on this month.. after a shitty end to 2017. I decided I was going to do everything possible this new year and give myself a completely fresh start. I have kept a really positive mindset the majority of January and on Tuesday I got a new job. Just goes to show you are never stuck in a bad/negative situation. You are in control and your life can be whatever you want it to be 🙂 I am extremely conscious of the energy I put into the universe and focus on thinking about good things and what I want to attract into my life xx

  • myselfwise January 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Love this! I’m trying really hard this year to achieve specific goals and I definitely need to focus on all of the points you suggested!

  • BohoEve January 26, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Great tips! I love making lists. The hard part is following them.

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com January 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Definitely! Maybe keep a daily list notebook – something you can check every day should help you to achieve what you have written down! xx

  • bubsblurbs January 27, 2018 at 12:44 am

    That’s a good list. Simple and too the point.

  • Courtney Hardy January 27, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I love these ideas. They are awesome.

  • Heather Rowland January 28, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Brilliant list and I totally relate to all of these points – focusing on doing things that make me happy is a key one for me. Education and goals are some of my favourite too!

    Heather xoxo

  • huda January 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Such a great and motivating blogpost! I have to work on setting timescales for my goals which I realize is so important after reading this! I love making daily to do lists because I feel like that way I make sure to take the small steps needed to achieve my bigger goals! ?

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com February 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      That’s a brilliant way to stay on track Huda! I have wasted so many days by trying to complete too many things and never actually finishing anything xx

  • Live Laugh Love February 7, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I coulsn’t agree more with you lovely. I think the most important one is make yourself happy so you will be more motivated to achieve your goals and set new ones! xx

    • Hayley // hayleyxmartin.com February 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      You definitely need to be in a good mindset first or you just won’t be bothered about anything! It’s also important to give yourself smaller things to achieve so you aren’t overwhelmed xx

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