Want to achieve New Year success in business, parenting, health, home-tending, or life in general? Me too! What I’ve learned from several life-coach gurus is that you can accomplish anything as long as you follow a few key steps. Read on to learn how to create achievable goals for the New Year!
How To Create Achievable New Year Goals
1. Get quiet and take some time to reflect.
You don’t need to spend hours in seated meditation, but it is important that you find some way to detach from external distractions so you can listen to your heart and reason with your mind. Take a bath, go for a walk without your device, or just sit in the morning sun with some tea, a pencil, and paper. In quiet solitude you’ll allow space for your inner voice and creativity to speak.
2. Be grateful for everything that happened the previous year and look forward to the future.
Don’t get caught up in the things that made last year challenging. It’s important to acknowledge challenges and be grateful for them since you now have a greater vantage point to see how to make changes. This challenge had to happen so that you can achieve amazing things in the future.
3. Use tools to guide you.
If you’re new to goal-setting, it’s a good idea to use a planner or journal that will guide you. Using a planner should keep you on track and inspire you. I love my Brilliant Life Planner which is fabulous for entrepreneurs.
Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, and have a time limit to them. It’s also important to not make goals that just solve problems. If you do that, you’re only creating tasks to perform, not dreams to achieve.
4. Ask yourself thought provoking questions.
Ange Peters, owner of Hol:Fit, Health Coach and Double Diamond (= super successful person) in dōTERRA shares these questions to help you reflect on last year and plan for the New year.
What is the 1 word that can describe last year?
What were the highlights?
How did you grow the most? (This doesn’t need to be something you achieved, but even a lesson learned from failure.)
Who inspired your growth the most?
Who drained you the most?
What is one area you need help with, that you might be able to delegate or hire out?
What is one area you need to develop in, that requires more education and skill?
What is one area that is not working for you, that you may need to reduce time in or let go completely?
5. Create a Spacious and Supportive Environment
In a recent Rachel Hollis podcast she said, “you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with”.
Hmm, think about that. If you resonate with that statement, it may be time to re-evaluate your social circle. You’re more likely to achieve your goals if you’re hanging around with supportive people and those who actually have qualities that you’re wanting to emulate. Spend time with friends who are smarter than you, more organized than you, in better shape than you, are more patient parents than you, or whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
Ms. Hollis also points out that your physical space needs to be supportive. A cluttered car & home is indicative of a cluttered mind. They are also very distracting. Before goal setting, it would be a good idea to clean the house or at least your workspace. Then create the intention to maintain this supportive environment as you nurture your dreams.
I hope that these prompts & resources help you get excited about the life you’re trying to create! If you have any bits of advice to add, or any questions about how to begin, please let us know in the comments!