Achieve Your Goals in 2022!

career goals happiness Jan 02, 2022

2022 is here, so it's time to get started on your goals for the NEW YEAR.

Think...

 "The Best YOU in Twenty-Two"

It has a nice ring to it, right!? 😄🥳

Here are 4 ways to get started on the right foot to truly make 2022 the best year yet! These are next level ways of achieving goals to REALLY have success. If you're serious about making a change, achieving a goal, and optimizing your life next year, then these tips are for you!

Step 1 is to write down your list of goals for 2022. Research shows you're more than 40% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. Include both personal and professional goals. Be specific! 

Next, choose from the tips below and get started.

#1 - Get an accountability partner. Find someone who can check-in with you on your goals, and offer to do the same for them. Schedule regular check-ins a couple of times a month. At the check-ins, you'll ask each other about progress towards goals. Your accountability partner's job is not to make you do anything, rather the act of having someone else to be accountable to actually increases your chances of success.

Speaking of accountability, if you have a therapist, they can help you be accountable too. Tell your therapist your goals and ask them to check-in with you. They can also help you come up with incremental steps to get you to your big goal. 

#2 - Create a reward system for yourself. Start like this- think of something you'd like to do with $120. Write it down. Then, save that money by achieving your goals. For example, if your goal is to read one book every month, when you've completed the book, put a $10 bill in a jar. At the end of the year you'll have $120. Think of something in that price range and buy it at the end of the year. You can use the same method to achieve all types of goals. Put $1 in a jar for every pound you lose, every time you go to the gym, every day you don't drink alcohol, etc., and reward yourself at the end of the year.

Don't have much money to put aside? You can make yourself a visual reward system to help motivate you towards your goals. Buy a wall calendar and give yourself a star every day you do something towards your goal (e.g. a star for going to the gym, not smoking, reading, taking a walk, eating healthy, working on a project, or whatever the goal may be). You may notice that you're more likely to make efforts towards your goals so you can see a lot of stars on the calendar!

#3 - Find a group. You've probably heard about support groups for things like quitting smoking, overeating, drinking too much, etc., but there are also groups for tons of other things too. Check out this list of support groups and other helpful resources (there are a lot more than you probably realize!): http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/find-support-groups If there is an in-person or on-line support group for what you're trying to achieve, join it! 

There are groups for all kinds of other things too- want to write a book or learn to rock climb? There are groups for those things too! Do a little research and see what you find. 

#4  - Work on your goal with someone else who has the same goal. Meet a friend at the gym every Monday morning; take a walk with your spouse twice a week; find a friend who is also trying to quit smoking/drinking, etc. and agree to do it together. Come up with a plan to check-in regularly (e.g. once a week), discussing your progress, and set your goals for the next week.

Wishing you a wonderful "Best YOU in Twenty-Two," full of success and happiness. Happy New Year!

 

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