Master Five Goal Planning Tools To Give You a Head-Start to a Successful New Year

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Welcome to a brand-new year! Do you feel refreshed and energised after the holidays, ready to slay your goals in 2022? Awesome, you’ve landed in the right place.

To help launch your best year yet, I created a summer blog series, Live Your Best Life in 2022 to arm you with the core tools and resources you need to plan an amazing new year.

For those who may not feel quite as ready to step into the new year yet because the echoes of 2021 still ring too loud, don’t despair. The times we are living through compels us to be mindful and gentle with ourselves and those around us, and go at a pace that works best for each of us. You may just need a little more time and support to find closure after another epic year that impacted our global community in life-altering ways.

Here’s a quick question for all readers. Feel free to share your answers in the comments section.

What is your ritual to start and end each year?

As an introverted INFJ, one of the first things I do after the bustling festive season is to grab a journal, find a quiet, comfortable spot to gently reflect on the past year. This is a time to think about all that’s been, the big and small moments, and things I am grateful for. I ponder the challenges of each season and how these impacted my growth, relationships, and views on life and the future. This brings closure to the year and clears the inner clutter before you step into the future. If you’d like to know more about how to do this, I created an Annual Reflection Guide and Reflective Journal, which you can find under Resource Library.

Now, let’s step into 2022. You’ve hit the reset button, but where do you start? Here are five simple planning tools to get your year off on the right track.

1. Life Purpose Statement

In recent years, I ditched the vague New Year’s Resolutions and opted instead for a life purpose statement and a personal manifesto that describes the way you want to live, work and relate to the world. A life purpose statement includes your deepest passions, life interests, spiritual gifts and special skills. You can use it as a signpost when making small and big decisions. This is particularly relevant in midlife when the way you spend your time takes on a deeper meaning.

2. Seven Wellness Domains

The seven key dimensions of wellness include physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, social and environmental wellness that enhance your overall health and quality of life. A quick review of the seven wellness domains can help you identify specific areas to focus on throughout the year.

3. A Word for the Year

A word for the year is another useful way to stay focused on your goals. Think of a single word that captures your manifesto, wellness domains and specific goals. When life gets frantic, and you lose sight of what is most important, your theme word can help you re-set.

4. SMART Goals

A SMART goal is an acronym for goal-setting that is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. SMART goals add structure to vague, wishful declarations with no clear plan. It can better ensure you reach the changes you desire.

5. Personal Mind Map

Finally, you combine the previous four elements in a personal mind map to serve as an inspiring snapshot of the year ahead. Armed with a clear mind map, you can now step into the New Year, refreshed and ready to go!

You may be thinking: That all sounds great but does it actually work?

The next article in this summer blog series explores why research shows that approximately 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fall to the wayside. That’s a staggering figure, isn’t it? Do you ever wonder why?

After all, you get off to a great start early in January, while festive euphoria and optimism is high. Then something happens – an unexpected change, a crisis at work or in your personal life that causes you to stall. You get side-tracked, lose momentum, your hope dwindles and all your best intentions fade along with your summer glow. You find yourself back in that old, familiar place wondering, why does this keep happening, and how will it ever change?

The Problem with the Comfort Zone

It’s a basic human need to feel safe and secure and seek harmony in our lives, as depicted in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Anything that contradicts that makes us uneasy and sends us scrambling back to our comfort zone – that safe, cosy inner space with the easy rhythm of familiarity. The place where risks are low and predictability high. Granted, life here isn’t always easy, but you know what to expect and how to handle it.

While a comfort zone isn’t all bad, the problem, says Gina Milicia, is that nothing new ever grows there. How do you break this double-bind to become your best self while still holding on to a sense of emotional safety? The good news is, it is possible to do both.

To find how you can join those who persevere and reach their goals, read the next article, Master 3 Mind Shifts to Reach Your Goals in 2022.

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