- There’s more to goal-setting than New Year’s Eve resolutions
- How you go about your goals is a big factor in achieving them
- Take the time to identify which parts of your life need a boost
- Ask yourself some serious questions
- Use best practices to create the new habits needed to achieve your goal
Gut check time: was 2021 a year of goal-getting? Do you feel like you could do better in 2022? Want to make sure you’re laying the groundwork early to get prepared? Whatever your motivation for looking at your goals for the new year, we’ve got some great tips on how to actually achieve them without getting to January 15th and realizing you’ve already given up!
IDENTIFY THE AREAS OF YOUR LIFE THAT ARE IN REVIEW
It’s time to think beyond the general “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to get richer” type of statements and really dig into which aspects of your life you want to work on.
- Start by looking at the key areas of your life. Think spiritual, personal, relationships, career, health, and finances. Write down a list of the areas that are important to you.
- Put a checkmark by the ones you would like to focus on in the coming year.
GET INTO THE WEEDS WITH LEADING QUESTIONS
Leave the sweeping statements in the past and dig into the nitty-gritty of what it is that you want to improve upon in the areas you have identified.
- Go through one focus area at a time and ask yourself what it is you actually want to achieve and why you want to achieve it (and yes, we mean write it down – it’s powerful!)
- Jot down any thoughts on what is preventing you from getting there currently and how you plan to combat that. (For example, if you’re trying to lose 10 pounds but find yourself mindlessly grabbing a calorie-heavy snack mid-morning, commit to switching that out for a nutritious and protein-rich cup of LonoLife bone broth which will see you through until lunch.)
- Note what success will look like for you (so you know if you’re achieving your goal).
CREATE THE HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL(s)
- Write your goal down on paper and add the “why”. Example: I want to meditate daily to create the mental space I need to become more creative.
- “Stack” the new habit onto an existing habit. If you are trying to meditate daily, do it immediately after brushing your teeth every morning or evening for example. Or, if you are trying to add journaling into your daily routine, tie it to your morning coffee ritual.
- Evaluate how you are doing regularly. Maybe do a weekly check-in with yourself, or, even better, an accountability partner to keep yourself on track.
Typically, we don’t fail to achieve our new year goals because they are too hard or we are too undisciplined… More often than not it’s that we just didn’t put the time and thought into kicking them off the right way. Let’s change that this year, shall we?!