With 2021 coming to an end, it’s a good time to start planning for the New Year! As goal achievers, we want to continuously improve and ultimately get better at planning and goal setting. Using these tips, you can use the knowledge you’ve gained this year to make 2022 your year truly!
Review Everything (systems, apps, goals, accountability, coaching)
Now is the time to start reviewing and reflecting on the year you just had. And not just your goals, but the systems and tools in place to help you reach your goals. Look at your planning system, the tracking apps on your phone, the accountability group you’re a part of. You need to access what’s worked for you in 2021 and what simply did it.
This is similar to the Mid-Year Review I wrote about earlier in the year. You want to do the same during year-end, so you can go into the new year with the best possible strategy to reach your goals.
Write Out Lessons Learned
Just like when you’re in school, taking notes helps you retain information. We learn so much about ourselves and our lifestyles throughout the year, but we rarely retain that information. At least not in physical form. I highly encourage you to keep a journal that you use consistently! But, if you haven’t been journaling, this is an excellent time to get your thoughts out of your head! Your brain is meant for processing, not storing. I focus more on this in my four-day Get It Done Challenge.
Here is some journal prompts to help you with your 2022 Goal Planning:
- What have I achieved in 2021 that excites me?
- What goals changed from the beginning of the year?
- Why did I not achieve a particular goal?
- What can I do differently to ensure that I reach my goals?
- What should I keep doing because it helped me achieve or get closer to my goals?
As we’re reaching the end of the year, this is the time to start celebrating those wins! Remember, a win doesn’t always have to mean that you got to the result; maybe you’ve gotten closer than you’ve ever been before or reached a significant milestone along the way. This deserved celebration too!
Celebrating isn’t just about rewarding yourself; it’s about positively reinforcing the behaviors and habits you took to reach that goal. As a result, you are more likely to keep doing things you get a positive reward for. Read this blog about celebrating goal wins here.
Write Goals for the New Year
Now that you’ve taken the previous steps, it’s time to make new goals for 2022! This can be the hard part, whether you have reached your goals or not. If you reached your goals, you might struggle to come up with impactful new ones. On the other hand, if you didn’t reach your goals, you might feel discouraged from creating new goals for the year. In either scenario, I recommend working with a goal accountability coach.
As a goal accountability coach, I help my clients assess, plan, and achieve their goals. I hold my clients accountable and celebrate success along with them. I like to think of myself as a cheerleader with a strategy. Do you need some support to help you set your plan for 2022? I’m accepting new clients who want to achieve their goals! Book a complimentary call with me here.