It’s just a few weeks to the end of the year, so it’s a great time to take stock and prepare for the New Year. Do you feel like you underachieved this year or walked through without any significant progress? The good news is that the New Year is not yet here, and you still have time to plan.
One way to plan for the New Year is to set new goals. A goal is a thing that you aspire to achieve. There are different goals such as spiritual goals, financial goals, career goals, relationship goals, etc. We will show you a few tips to help you set goals for the New Year in this post.
How to Set Goals for the New Year
Goal setting is a process that leads towards achieving an objective. It helps to motivate you until you turn a vision into reality. Setting goals helps you track success and pride yourself in achieving your objectives. Goal setting is entirely different from making “New Year resolutions.” You are more likely to succeed if you set goals than when you make vague resolutions.
Below are a few tips to help you set goals for 2022:
Figure out the kind of goals you need to set
Before doing anything else, you must figure out what goals you need to set. You must be clear and definite when setting goals. Our lives have different facets, and we should set goals for each aspect. Some of these facets include:
- Personal growth
- Spiritual growth
Check each category in your life and figure out where you stand currently. Doing this gives you a clear picture of what you should work towards in the New Year.
SMART is an acronym that means “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Sensitive.” This acronym is very important for goal setting because most times, we set unrealistic goals. Being unrealistic and vague when setting goals leads to frustration because achieving such goals is slim.
You can apply the “SMART” method to setting goals for the New Year in different areas of your life. There are several questions that you must ask yourself when setting goals. When providing answers to such questions, ensure that you are as realistic as possible with yourself.
Write your goals down
Many times, we deceive ourselves that we would instead take mental notes. The challenge with doing this is that, sooner than later, we get crowded with several activities and forget these notes. You cannot afford to do this with your goals. Else, you’d be on the same level at the end of the year.
Setting goals is an intentional process, so you must consciously remember the goals you set. An easy way to remember your goals is to write them down. Don’t scribble them on just any piece of paper that could get lost. Instead, get a notepad that you can always refer to and write these goals in it. Now, you can always tick any goal you have accomplished in the journal to track your progress.
Never make comparisons
It isn’t uncommon to find ourselves making comparisons with others, especially on the journey of self-improvement. The challenge with doing this is that soon you’d begin to feel inadequate and inferior. Social media has even made it more difficult because everyone tends to announce just good stories.
Here’s a question you should ask yourself, “how does comparing myself to others help me get better?” The truth is that “it doesn’t!” Instead of comparing yourself to others, you should spend that time improving yourself. Don’t forget that we all have different “life journeys,” and you must find your path and follow it.
Enjoy the process and embrace failures.
A huge success is the product of other little victories. It would be best to celebrate yourself when you achieve any of your goals. Celebrating the achievement of any of your goals isn’t bad as long as you don’t let it distract you from your objective.
Just as you celebrate tiny victories, you should embrace your failures. Failing isn’t a bad thing; it just shows you a method that doesn’t work. Pick yourself up, dust yourself, and go again when you fail. However, it would help if you learned from your mistakes so that you don’t keep failing.
That’s it for how to set goals for the New Year. If you have any questions or ideas, share them with us in the comments section. Kindly check out GodKulture for other insightful articles on becoming a better creative.