It is that time of year again when many people reflect on the past year and look to the upcoming year to determine how they would like this new year to go. Many times, people set goals that far exceed what they are capable of achieving in one year. Many times the goal is attainable but there isn't a plan in place that gives a guide on how to achieve that goal over the upcoming year. It is important to make sure the goals are attainable.
Not trying to discourage having more difficult goals for your New Year's resolutions but there was a study done in 2019 that showed 7% of people were able to accomplish all of their New Year's resolutions. This study also showed that 19% of people were able to accomplish some but not all of their New Year's resolutions. This is why a plan comes in handy to ensure that you are able to stay on track with your goals.
My husband and I make sure to look back at the year and see what we have done well, where we may have missed the mark, and what we would like to improve on in the upcoming year.
We make sure to keep our goals specific and to have smaller goals that will help us reach our ultimate goal. We have our main goals for the upcoming year that involve affirmations, finance, family, business/work, health, and personal development. In each area we have our main goals and below it we have up to 3 things we will do to achieve those goals. You can have less than 3 items or more. The steps you need to take in order to be able to achieve your main goal depends on your action plan.
The key areas that we focus on are:
AffirmationsAffirmations are something that is specific to you. Affirmations can help you learn a new skill or grow in confidence. Affirmations can as well help with reprogramming your subconscious to be more in alignment with the person that you are intending yourself to be. When you practice affirmations, you are taking the action to affirm what is and to encourage what can be.
FinanceFinancial goals can plan a large part into the other goals on this list. Depending on what your financial goals will be depend on what your previous year finances are and the flexibility that you have in the upcoming year. Financial goals can be tricky because a lot of it depends on external circumstances. Try to keep your financial goals as realistic as possible and keep in mind the possible external factors that would cause you to not be able to achieve these goals, such as unexpected emergencies.
Relationships This category can include friends and family. It really encompasses any relationships that you have in your life or if you are looking to gain additional relationships such as in a partner or in gaining more friends. For example, if you are looking to gain more friends, have an action plan such as joining a club, taking a class that you are interested in, and volunteering more. These are some possibilities to take into consideration when trying to gain more friends in the upcoming year.
Business/WorkFor this category think about where you would like to be in a year from now either in the company you work at or in your business. Determine if you are working to get promoted and the steps it will take to be able to get that promotion. You can as well look at it as the milestones you would need to take in your work or business to achieve longer term goals.
HealthHealth can mean a lot of different things to different people. Many times new years resolutions are focused on losing 20 pounds by summer or being able to wear my favorite dress by such a date. Health can mean a lot more than that. It can include making sure to not have any cavities this year or making sure your cholesterol is down by the time you reach your next doctor's appointment. This could also include mental health and focusing on de-stressing your life.
Spirituality This is an area where you can lay out what your spiritual goals are for the year. This can include joining a bible study to reading devotions daily or reading the whole Bible in a year. These goals will depend on your current relationship with God and where you would like it to be in a year from now. Depending on if you are spiritual or not can determine if you have goals in this category. Spirituality can include more than being religious. In an article by Dr. Maya Spencer, spirituality is defined as “the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part is cosmic or divine in nature.”
Personal DevelopmentIn this category you can put pretty much anything from the amount of books you would like to read this year to the classes you would like to take. This area is focused on you developing as a person and being able to strategically grow throughout the year.
The goal setting worksheet below has the above categories. As you work to achieve your goals, continually evaluate yourself and your action plan. Make adjustments as needed in order to better reach your goals.
Depending on what works for you best, you may be a person who needs a visual representation of your goals such as a vision board. This can be a fun and creative way to demonstrate your New Year's resolutions in a visual manner. We like to make vision boards with our daughter because it makes it easier for her to constantly see what her goals for the year are in a visual representation. It is also a fun family memory that we are able to do together. I personally love vision boards because it can be a beautiful and inspirational work of art that fully represents what I see for my future self.
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