Welcome to 2022!
Even typing those words feels completely INSANE to me! 2021 feels like such a blur! The last few years have been a bit rough for most of us, and 2021 was especially hard for me. I won’t go into the details because that is not what today’s post is about. I feel like you and I can both make the most of 2022 and make the most of anything life decides to throw our way.
To make 2022 the best year, there are a few things that we are going to need to do to prepare. Every year on New Years Day, millions of people set their new years resolutions, and usually by February they have already fallen off the wagon. But not this year! This year we are going to set ourselves up for success mentally, and then we are going to commit to the follow-through! So if you want to learn how to create the best year EVER, keep reading.
First things first, we have to set ourselves up for success. A lot of times when we have new years resolutions they are simply things that we think would be “cool” or would “maybe like to do”, but they are rarely things that we are FIRM and COMMITTED to! The first step for setting yourself up for success is to make sure that the goals you are setting are things that you are committed to accomplishing. You may need to sit down, do some journaling and soul searching, and decide what you want to accomplish this year. This is NOT something that you can just look up ideas online for. You have to pick something that is true to you and who you are becoming, otherwise, you will fall off the wagon in February as well, and I don’t want that for you.
Once you have decided the goals that you are committed to for 2022, the next step is to find your ‘why’. This goes hand in hand with making sure that you are committed to your goals. Your ‘why’ is your reasoning for doing anything. If you don’t have a solid ‘why’, you are not likely to stay dedicated to achieving your goals. To have a firm ‘why’, you will need to dig deep. Sit down with a piece of paper and ask yourself why you want to accomplish your goal. Once you have answered your first why then ask yourself why to your first answer. You will need to ask yourself why a few times to get to the honest and overarching why. Yes, I do realize how many times I said “why”, bear with me and try it. It really does work.
After you have determined your ‘why’ and you have committed to accomplishing your goal, the next step is to create a timeline. You need to allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to accomplish your goal without allowing yourself enough time to procrastinate. I like to break my goals up into smaller bite-sized steps and give each step a smaller deadline. Then as I get closer to the actual deadline for the overall goal I will be on track to accomplish it in the right amount of time. This process will take a bit of planning to get everything scheduled and broken down into manageable chunks. The time you spend planning will be worth it in the end though!
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
– Benjamin Franklin
We could talk for days about the different methods of goal setting and goal achievement, but if you stick to these simple three steps, the likelihood of you actually achieving your goals is going to completely skyrocket. I hope that you implement these steps, and I hope that 2022 is the best year yet!
Comment below what your goals are for 2022 and if you have any different methods for achieving goals that have worked for you!