2021 is flying by quickly! 2022 is almost here. December is a great month to ask yourself, “Am I where I thought I would be this time last year?” If your answer is, “No,” then now is a great time to see what went wrong. Think about where you want to be a year from now and what you want to accomplish. Today is the time to start setting goals for 2022.
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Setting Goals For 2022
I’ve written a few posts about goals, and as always, I like to keep things simple. Goals are simply something that you want. Think about what you want, write it down, put a date on it, and that’s a goal. They’re your roadmap that will keep you on track and get you to your destination.
Many people have goals but never accomplish them. There are several reasons for failing to accomplish what you set out to do. Firstly, you fail because you don’t commit to achieving your goals. Secondly, you don’t have a good plan. Third, you don’t put in the work. There is nothing free in this world, you must put in the work. Fourth, you don’t know how to properly set goals.
Mistakes When Setting Goals
One of the mistakes you make when setting goals is your goals are too general. They don’t have an end date for them. Your goals cannot be measured, therefore you cannot tell if you’re on track. One of the biggest mistakes is you didn’t write them down. An example of a poorly designed goal is, “I have a goal to read more next year.” It is too general. You did not specify what you will read or how much.
Setting goals for 2022 is easy. One of the techniques I talk about is using the acronym SMART. In conducting my research, I found that some people like using this approach and others don’t. I believe there is no one cure for everything. Find what works for you and use it.
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time Bounded
If we use the example above, a goal that is well written will read like this, “I will read 24 Self-Improvement books by 12/31/2022.
- Specific – It Specifies exactly what you’re going to read, Self-Improvement books.
- Measurable – You’re going to read 24 books.
- Achievable – If every book averages 400 pages, then you would need to read 27 pages per day. It is achievable.
- Relevant – If you are looking for self-improvement, then this is a relevant goal.
- Time Bounded – There is an end date of 12/31/2022 attached to the goal.
Break Them Down
You can also break this yearly goal into smaller goals. Write down how many books you would want to read every month. Set a weekly goal of how many pages or chapters you will read. Also, set daily goals of reading for a specific time or number of pages. It will keep you on track, and you can see how you are progressing toward your yearly goal.
This SMART technique can be utilized in setting different types of goals. I always set three types of goals, personal, business, and relationship. You can set goals for wealth building, your health, and improving your relationships.
Develop Your Plan
Once your goals are set, the next step is to develop a plan to achieve your goals. Set up a time frame of when you want to check your progress and analyze your plan. If you find yourself off-track and not making the progress you expected, change your plan but never change your goal.
If anyone has any tips or techniques on setting goals for 2022 or stories on how goals have worked for you, I would love to hear them in the comments section. Don’t forget to like, follow, and join our team by subscribing to the email list.