Without this, many people work out what they want to achieve from the year ahead without any context from the year before. You need to acknowledge what worked well along with being honest about what didn’t.
Take some time to think about these questions and write down your answers:
- Did you achieve the income you desired?
- Are you working on projects that excite and interest you?
- Do you like the clients you support?
- Do you feel secure?
- Are you achieving a good work/life balance?
- Were there any disappointments?
If it helps jog your memory, look at the tasks and projects you delivered or emails between you and your clients. The aim of this is to have completed a thorough analysis in order to formulate a plan for 2022.
You can’t move forward without having a clear vision of what you want for your future. Many people make the mistake of rushing into coming up with one goal, but not working out if it’s actually what they want or how it really fits into their life. Here are six initial categories you should focus on:
- Health and fitness
What do you see for each of these?
As before, write down or map out your thoughts to help make these goals really clear in your mind. Then ask yourself – is what you’re doing right now, or the way you’re working, helping you achieve each one of those categories?
Because one doesn’t happen without the other. For example, your career could be really taking off at the detriment of your health and fitness goals. Each tie in with the other, so get aligned with your true vision across all areas of your life to plan for the best year yet.
Can you articulate why you want your specific goals? It’s so important to uncover the real reason behind your goals in order to stay focused and to continue working towards achieving them, despite any inevitable setbacks.
Taking action means creating steps from where you are now to achieve that end goal.
The most common way of creating these steps, or mini-goals, is by using the SMART method:
Ideally you want to cover each of these for every goal you set.
Here’s an example of a non-SMART and a SMART goal:
- Non-SMART goal: Double my annual income.
- SMART goal: Earn £2,500 per month, after tax, within 6 months.
Outlining a specific measurable goal is attainable and has a timescale attached which will make it so much easier for you to remain focused and achieve success.
Once you have your SMART plan, it is time to commit to your goals. It is easy to start the new year with the popular motto ‘new year, new me’ but in reality it is hard to keep the motivation going throughout the year.
If you have a clear plan with SMART goals established reasons behind those goals, then keeping yourself motivated should be more achievable.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Success will take hard work and discipline, but if you have a clear vision and have outlined each step to get there, you can achieve it. Have a great 2022!