Can you believe that 2022 is just a few weeks away? For many people, that means creating resolutions to try to improve their lives in the upcoming year. Unfortunately, sticking to those plans is a lot easier said than done. Particularly when you’re dealing with ever-changing times like we’re presently experiencing. If progression is what you’re after in the new year, the best thing you can do is get a headstart on things now.
Laying the groundwork for your 2022 goals weeks in advance gives you a clear picture of where you’re headed, how you plan to get there and can ultimately improve your chances of success. Below are some suggestions on how you can get a good headstart.
Define Clear Goals
Why wait until January 1st to start deciding what your resolutions are? It’s better to start thinking about it now. Start by creating a category for each area of your life that you’d like to work on (for instance, health, finances, career, etc.). Next, list a goal you have while ensuring that you are as specific as possible. For example, raising your credit score by 100 points within six months or losing 50 pounds by June.
When you’re done, place the list of goals somewhere you can see them every day. Some people like making vision boards to provide more inspiration.
Find An Accountability Partner
If sticking to your resolutions has always been a struggle, perhaps you could get further with an accountability partner. Sometimes knowing that someone else is paying attention can give you the extra boost you need to push towards progress. Whether it’s your spouse, a best friend, or a close relative, talk to someone about your goals for 2022 and ask them to be your accountability partner. They will serve as your “cheerleader” and source of support as you make your way through your checklist.
Research Resources For Assistance
The great thing about trying to complete resolutions these days is that there are so many different resources to help you accomplish your goals. Start looking into options for assistance now so that you can hit the ground running when the new year starts. Let’s say you were struggling with addiction and want to kick the habit; now would be a good time to start looking for a rehab in Jackson MS, Lynchburg TN, or wherever you live.
If you were trying to land a promotion at work, you could research online courses, training events, or seminars you can attend to acquire new skills that will increase your chances of getting the position. Similarly, if you wanted to improve your eating habits, you could start looking into meal prep and healthy recipes to see which seems most feasible for you and your family.
Ask For Practical Gifts
Around this time, the people closest to you start asking what you’d like to receive as a gift for the holidays. Instead of asking for things you don’t really need, ask about practical gifts that will help you advance in 2022.
For instance, if you want to lose weight, ask your spouse to buy you workout gear, exercise equipment for your at-home gym, or a membership to a nearby fitness center.
If your goal is to stop eating takeout so much, you could ask friends and family for meal delivery kits, portion control dishes, recipes, or cooking appliances that make preparing meals at home easier.
Everyone wants to get better in life. The new year often symbolizes a fresh start where anything is possible. Unfortunately, despite their best intentions, many people end up falling short and giving up before the warm weather breaks. Although there are several reasons this happens, lack of preparation is often at the top of the list. That’s why you’re encouraged to take this time now to plan and prepare for 2022. By doing these things now, when January 1st comes, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and likely succeed.