2021 was another year many would best forget about. COVID lockdowns and restrictions continued to wreak havoc with our lives. Business faced the continued challenges of remote working and continuing to maintain productivity. Many people lost their jobs. Many had to start over. And now you face the end of another year. And I’m sure you are looking to make 2022 a better year.
But like most things in life, success isn’t an accident. Good fortune may come to some, but most success is undoubtedly achieved through a deliberate conscious effort. And that is both encouraging, and the challenge. Because you have the power to change your life. To manifest new things, better opportunities, if… you are up to the challenge.
- You want a better year?
- What are you prepared to do about it?
- Are you prepared to make changes in your life, and put in the time needed to get momentum going?
Yes, obviously you are, here are some ways to make your 2022 goals a reality!
Visualize the End you Want
The best way to set goals for the year is to start with the end in mind. Envision in your mind the end of 2022.
- What is it you want to have achieved?
- Who do you want to have become?
- Where do you want to be?
Take time and really think about these questions. Dig deep. The clearer your vision of the end of the year, the more focused your goals will be.
Your vision should drive your goal setting. When you know where you are going its easier to plan your journey. Goals are what lead us to our ultimate vision. For example, you may want to buy that luxurious holiday home on the coast, but there are a number of goals you going to have to achieve to make that a reality. The vision reveals the goals. And the goals are the pathway to your destination.
What is the ending you want for 2022?
List Long Overdue Goals
So let’s be honest for a minute. We all have those goals in our lives we seem to constantly brush off. Every year those goals are on our lists, but we seldom carry through with them. But what if you did? How would that make you feel?
- How would it feel to exercise for a solid year and get fit and healthy?
- How would it change your career possibilities if you actually just mastered that one skill?
- How would you feel if you could actually get that business idea off the ground?
We all have those goals we want to achieve, but keep putting off. Make your list and choose at least one to pursue, anyone! Preferably the one that would make you feel the greatest sense of achievement!
Stop procrastinating, stop waiting for the right time, weather, circumstances and just start! You’re going to be so proud of yourself when you get to the end of 2022 and have followed through with it! And all the sacrifice and discomfort you might have to endure will be absolutely worth it?
So what goal are you going to finally conquer in 2022?
Set Goals with Purpose
Anyone can set goals. In fact all of us set goals all the time. But few of us achieve every goal we set. That’s because we don’t have a strong emotional purpose driving them.
Let’s take health for example.
Whether it’s losing weight, toning up, strengthening your body or running a marathon, often we lose the desire to follow through because we lack a really good reason.
- Why do you want to improve your health?
- Is it just because it sounds like a cool goal?
- Or is there a backstory, an emotional reason, something that makes us jump up and say “that’s it I’m doing this?”
Is it because you want to break through your own limiting beliefs about yourself? Is it because you want to fit into sizes of clothing you could years ago? Or are you sick and tired of feeling weak, lacking energy, mobility, strength, or endurance?
Whatever holds the greatest emotional value, hold onto that!
You want to make more money? Why? Just because, or do you want to give your family a better life. Don’t just set the goal, think about the purpose behind it, that reason is what will push you beyond every setback and failure to your ultimate success.
Map Your Journey
Taking time to visualize the end of 2022, is a fun exercise. Setting goals you want to achieve for the year is the easy part. The real challenge is how do you get there? And that’s why many goals in our lives seem to remain just that, goals, and not reality.
Once you’ve chosen a goal to achieve, take some time to think about the journey you will need to take to achieve it. Remember a goal is an objective. It says little about the steps needed to achieve it.
For example, let’s say you wanted to start your own business. That’s a long-term goal. It’s going to take hours of work, every week, consistently. So how do you map this journey?
- Research people doing what you want to do.
- Follow people on social media that do what you want to do.
- Look for opportunities and niches to exploit.
- Create a clear idea for your business.
- Be able to explain your business clearly to anyone.
- Start talking about your business idea on social media.
- Start connecting with people and growing your network.
- Ask for feedback from your audience to better develop your service.
- Reach out and offer a free trial of your service to get feedback and recommendations.
- Use those recommendations to build social proof.
- Consistently talk and share about your field of expertise.
- Create resources to help your prospects understand your services.
- Establish yourself as an authority in your field of business.
It’s not going to cover everything you need to do, but will help you get perspective on what you need to do to build momentum!
Monitor Your Progress
We all want progress! In fact it’s when we don’t see progress that we get disheartened and discouraged. That’s why you should set time aside daily, weekly and monthly to evaluate what you have done, and what you haven’t done. This will help you maintain focus, keep perspective and identify areas you need to focus more time on.
You cant just go through each month hoping you are going to reach your targets. Monitor your progress, don’t be obsessive, just maintain focus and perspective. Motivate yourself when you gain ground, and reprioritize if you see any areas are losing momentum.
Life is up and down, and things happen that are unexpected. That’s life. Just be flexible to adaptive to your circumstances and maintain focus. It’s why getting into a habit of monitoring your performance is important!
The journey to achieving any goal worth achieving is often fraught with challenges! Goals are most often than not as simple as one, two, three. They require consistent and deliberate action. Some days you will feel like you are progressing fast and furious. Other days you will feel like you are moving backwards rather than forwards.
This is just the nature of life. You have to remind yourself, persistence is the greatest reason you will succeed! Every day you have an opportunity to further your progress. Keep working at your goals, be relentless, don’t give up hope and acknowledge your progress however small it may be!
The positivity you can extract from the journey will fuel your motivation and resilience.
Wishing you the best year ever for 2022, may all your goals finally become a reality!
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