With Christmas just around the corner and the new year soon to follow, you may well have started to think about 2023 and what you’d like to achieve. New Year’s resolutions often receive a bad rap with many arguing that you shouldn’t wait for the start of a new year to start working on your goals. But whether you’re waiting for the clock to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve or you’re getting ahead with your goals now, here are just some of the things you can do to ensure you achieve all your goals for next year.
Determine what you want to achieve
It goes without saying that the first thing you need to do is decide what it is that you’re hoping to achieve. This could be anything from securing a promotion at work to running a 5K within a certain amount of time. Consider setting a variety of goals that cover a range of areas within your life such as career, personal, and fitness. Any goals you set should be done to benefit your life in some way; this could be specific such as earning a certain amount of money, or more broad such as improving your mental health.
When setting goals, it can be easy to get carried away. Whilst it is fantastic to be ambitious, it is important to set goals that you are going to be able to achieve. The best way to guarantee this is by setting SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
For example, your overarching goal may be to buy a new home; a SMART goal version of this could be to purchase a new build 3-bedroom home in Yorkshire by December 2023. Applying this to your goals will make them far easier to achieve and give you more clarity and direction. It also means that you are only setting goals that are actually attainable to you, meaning you are not placing unnecessary pressure on yourself to achieve something out of your reach.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Whilst manifestation seems to have boomed in popularity in recent years, there is a common misconception that this simply entails wishing for things and letting the universe take care of the rest. Unfortunately, this is not the case and achieving any goals requires work and preparation. Make sure to consider this and be sure to put in some prep work. For example, for buying a new home you will need to prepare by researching house prices and speaking with a professional mortgage advisor.
Goals take time to achieve, often spanning over weeks or months. It is useful to continuously check in on your progress, potentially realign your focus and determine what you still need to do. It could be worth scheduling some check-ins into your calendar, so you remember to do them.