I was talking with someone who said they wanted to have more friends in their life, but they didn't want to make it sound like a "goal." But why not? Why is that such a bad thing?
We make goals for the other things we want in life. We put a goal weight down when we're trying to get thinner, or a number down when we talk about how many minutes of exercise we're going to do in a week. But why not friends?
Having more friends can definitely be a goal. It could be a resolution you make as you look at your life and see the parts that need attention. This should be a continual goal, one that you work on little by little every chance you get.
Friends aren't something that can be checked off a list, of course, but if you keep the goal of having a larger social circle in front you, you will constantly remember to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. Place your friendship goal right up along with the other important things you'll be working on in your life, like being healthy and taking care of yourself. The benefits of friendship are just as important as anything else in your life that is worthwhile and meaningful.