Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I love the feeling of excitement and opportunity that the new year brings. It always feels like anything is possible when the new year begins.
What are your hopes and expectations for the new year?
All month we’ve focused on getting goal ready for the new year. Every week we’ve provided blogs, videos, and worksheets. This week we’ll review what we’ve covered and provide another tip for reaching goal success. And we will provide you a chance to download all the worksheets including the one for this week (here).
This month we have discussed:
· goal areas to focus on: such as health, career, wealth, etc.
· writing down goals: to really document what you want to achieve
· prioritizing goals: determining which are most important to you
· estimating time frame: committing to a time period to achieve the goal
· estimating resources: estimating expenditures you will need to make
· and ensuring you remain focused on your goals: keeping your goal in sight through
posting it where you can see it, etc.
If you’ve been following along you may have something like this created using the various worksheets we’ve provided.
Goal Area: Health
Goal: Exercise 3 times a week
Time Frame: 3 months
Focus Action: Post it note on mirror
Aim for 12 Mini New Years
Although it may seem like a big task, making the first of each month a mini new year can help us as we attempt to achieve goals. Imagine if we could recreate the feelings of renewal and possibility each month. This can help us keep goal-focused throughout the year.
How can we do this?
The first step is to commit time at the first of the month to have your mini new year. Put it on your calendar and then take yourself through the following questions for each goal you are currently working on.
Am I on track to achieve my goal? Yes or No
If Yes, are any changes needed? Yes or No
If yes, what are the changes?
If No, why not? Based on this, what can you do?
Revise or Recommit If revise, how can you revise the goal?
If recommit, how can you recommit?
For instance, at the beginning of February, you may review your goal to work out three times a week. Perhaps the answer to Am I on track to achieve my goal? is no. The next step will be to determine why you are not on track. It may be that you are only working out 2 times a week due to work constraints or that you haven’t made this a priority in January as you expected. Based on your analysis of your why... you can then determine what to do next. The two options I’ve listed are to revise the goal or to recommit to the goal, but you may have other ideas.
You may decide to revise the goal two times a week based on the reality of your time availability. Or you may decide to recommit by signing up for a class with a friend three times a week in February. You should do this for your highest priority goals each month.
Happy New Year
"In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.” - Beyonce
All of us at the Growth Group Academy wish you health, happiness, and great success during 2022! We will continue to post goal-oriented tips throughout the year (with a few reminders of your monthly mini new year’s) along with other success skill topics. Don’t forget that this week’s download includes information about this week’s tip as well as all the worksheets from our Goal Focused December. Download them here.
* Actionable Success Steps
Use these Actionable Success Steps and our complimentary Success Worksheet (here) to do the following:
(1) Finalize your initial goals for 2022.
(2) Put your monthly mini new year’s events on your calendar.
(3) Commit to reviewing your goals at the beginning of each month.
The Growth Group Academy currently provides instruction to strengthen your success skills. Check out our website (here) and sign up for our emails to be the first to learn about more Goal Setting December activities!