Personal goals are important, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re always intertwined with our aspirations and expectations for ourselves, our families, and our communities. In order to achieve our personal goals in 2022, we need to identify and understand these aspirations and expectations. Once we have a good understanding of what we want, we can start to think about how to achieve it.
There are a number of strategies that can help you achieve your goals. One way to achieve success is to set realistic goals and deadlines. Make sure that you have a plan and a timeline for completing your goals. Also, make sure that you stay organized and track your progress, evaluating regularly. Consistency is the key to achieving goals!
How do you plan to achieve your goals?
The most important part is to have a plan that you can take consistent action toward.
1. Make a list of your goals and what you need to do to achieve them.
I recommend breaking your goals into 90 day pieces. Ninety days is long enough to establish a new habit or routine, and then you can evaluate and make a plan to build on for the next 90 days.
Goals should be specific, so rather than “Start a business,” break your goals down into specific pieces spread out among each quarter of the year.
Consistency is the key to achieving your goals, so make sure that they’re laid out in a way that allows you to work on them with regularity, whether that’s daily, weekly, or some other interval that makes sense for your schedule.
2. Set a timeline for when you want to achieve your goals and make sure you are realistic about when you can do them.
Establishing new routines to work toward your goals takes time and consistency. And often, it’s hard to know how much time something will take in advance if it’s something new.
This is why evaluation is such an important part of goal setting. Rather than stick to the deadline no matter what, evaluating helps you recognize when things will take longer than planned so that you can change the deadline or deliverable you’re working on.
Set boundaries and know when to stop. If you are working on a goal that requires a lot of time and energy, it’s important to set reasonable boundaries. If you feel like you are working too hard and not getting anywhere, it’s time to take a step back and reassess.
3. Decide what tools and resources you need, and your budget for them.
Depending on your long-term goal, you’ll find that there are helpful resources available for a variety of budgets.
For instance, if your goal is to declutter your home, you could hire a clutter consultant, or simply purchase some new hangers for your closet for the satisfaction of having things look deliberate and curated. (I hate having a hodge-podge of random hangers, can you tell?)
Likewise, if your goal is to start an online business, you’ll likely need to purchase things like website hosting and domains, pay fees for an online store, and set up an advertising budget.
4. Establish an accountability practice to achieve your goals.
Keep track of your goals in a community or find someone who can help you with your goal, like a coach, mentor, or friend. Having someone to hold you accountable will help you stay on track, and you’ll also get a sense of satisfaction from knowing that you’re accomplishing something together.
5. Celebrate your progress along the way!
You might find it helpful to set aside a specific day or time each month to reflect on your progress, celebrate your successes, and give yourself a pat on the back. Have a whole dance party, or celebrate your wins in any way that feels great to you! Doing so will help you stay motivated and keep moving forward.
Other considerations for achieving goals
Make sure your goals are based on your passions and interests. If you’re not sure what your interests and passions are, ask yourself these questions: What do I enjoy doing? What do I find interesting? What makes me happy? Once you know these things, it will be easier to figure out what you should be working on.
Start small. Sometimes it’s easier to make small goals than to make huge goals. For example, if you want to start an online business, you might aim to make $100 in sales in your first month. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, break your goal down into smaller, more manageable steps.
Notice negative thoughts. Self sabotage can creep in when you’re working toward a new goal. This is just your brain resisting the change — it doesn’t mean you’re failing! Quite the opposite, actually. Notice your negative thoughts so you can work through them and find the truth behind them.
How do you stay motivated throughout the year?
The start of a new year is the most common time to set goals, and we can lose steam fast and forget all about New Years Resolutions. But you can set a goal any time of the year. It doesn’t have to be January, or the first of the month, or a Monday. You can start a new goal on a Thursday afternoon, just because!
To stay motivated no matter when you set and start your goals, remember to establish the deeper reason WHY you’re working on that goal. An emotional connection to the outcome of your goal can help you stay consistent even when you’re feeling bored or unmotivated.
Take advantage of this “anytime, anywhere” method to set new goals with my F*ck New Years Resolutions workbook. This process will guide you through the steps you need to create goals that resonate and will make you WANT to achieve them like never before. The best part? You can start on these goals today!