It’s December and we’re close to the end of the year, but have you planned for a successful 2023? Do you have a plan laid out for the new year? Do you know your priorities and goals that can lead you to the realization of your dreams?
You have to keep your possibilities open, and they might change with time, but sticking to a plan can serve as a guide to follow through. It’s important to give yourself a starting point to at least start the year in the best possible way.
Always keep in mind that the distance between your dreams and goals it’s a plan. So, start today!
List your objectives
Prioritize your objectives by the level of importance in your life for the coming year. What do you want to achieve in 2023? Take time to rank your objectives in order of importance. Is it a healthier lifestyle that you want to achieve, get a better job, find a new relationship, learn a second or third language, buy a house, travel more, complete a certain certificate to become more competitive in your job, or live a simpler life with better personal finances?
I like to go through and pick my top 3-5 priorities for this season. Remember, our seasons can change throughout the year. So, we’re just establishing what’s most important to us in the moment.
Get organized and keep a personal calendar updated weekly
An annual calendar can help you comply with commitments previously established, like a conference, a friend’s wedding, or a family gathering. Keep the essential handy and back it up in your smartphone.
Once you have the major events penned in, you will have a better idea of what kinds of projects and goals for the year will be realistic.
Find a planner that works well for you, using it is easier and you end up being more prepared and relaxed with you know you are in control of your commitments.
What projects do you want to launch, develop or replace?
This step is all about figuring out the “big” things you want to accomplish and then breaking those goals down into smaller steps. First, write down all your dreams for the year. Then, pick what is actually realistic.
Here are some category suggestions to get you started in thinking of projects:
- Financial (examples: establish an emergency fund, save for vacation)
- Work (examples: earn bonus check, earn raise, start the second job, start a business)
- Around the house (Plant your garden, remodel your bedroom)
- Health (Lose 15 lbs., establish a daily workout routine)
Make sure your goals are “Smart.” Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant (or Realistic), and Time-bound. Like setting up 45 mins exercise routine at 5 am, every day.
Finding your WHY might not be easy at first, but it’s really helpful, it inspires you to define where you’re going and the reason you’re doing it.
First of all, what’s the “Why” behind your goals? Why do you want to accomplish those goals you set? How are they going to impact your life? How will you feel when you get to where you want to get?
Those are all things to consider as you’re figuring out your “Why.”
Next, it’s fun to set a theme for the year. This is also referred to as your “Word” for the year. It’s just an intentional focus you want to work on during the year.
Some examples could be “Optimize,” “Just Do It,” and “Happiness.”
Finding some words and a theme for the year ahead can be fun and help you be intentional about anything you do and how you want to grow in a way that positively affects you and others around you.
Good Habits Make the Difference
Good habits are essential to achieving your goals.
For example, if your goal is to get up a half hour earlier every day, some habits that would support that goal might be prepping your clothes and breakfast the night before or making sure you go to bed early.
Self-discipline is a key factor to success, and the earlier you learn to develop it the less time it will take you to achieve your goals.
Some techniques previously used to develop self-discipline are: Counting down and taking action, writing goals down where you can see them every day, reminding yourself why you started, setting small and reachable goals first, practicing prioritizing, knowing yourself well enough to know your weaknesses better than anyone else, get friends to hold you accountable.
There are a lot of great resources out there on building self-discipline, find what suits you better and just do it. You’ll certainly feel it is worth it when you start seeing positive results.
There are so many things you can do when it comes to planning and achieving goals. I hope you take the time to write it down and be courageous and determined to make it happen.
Remember that all things are possible if you have a plan. Happy New Year ahead!