When I start to think about goal setting for the year ahead I always like to review the previous year (quarter, period or project) here is my review of 2021.
Goal setting can be a personal thing, but I have found from experience that if I share my goals (others – be it friends or family) will help hold me accountable. So here are my top-level goals:
My 2022 Personal Goals:
- Lose 2.5 stones by the end of the year by following Slimming World and having a healthy balance in my life with socialising and living my life as well as eating healthily
- Get back into a regular fitness regime – start with Pilates post the festive break and re-introduce the gym from February and spin classes from March
- Make me-time a priority – be sure to schedule something at least once a week, whether a facial, a coffee or chat with a friend or simply just reading a book but basically not prioritising work above everything else which is what has historically been happening
- Journal my thoughts – get back into the practice of journaling to calm a busy mind full of ideas
- Save for holidays each month – with a number of expensive trips and events coming up, I need to be more thoughtful about putting money aside each month specifically for these
- Reduce frivolous spending – linked to holiday saving, really question myself when I’m tempted to just add something shiny and new to my basket – ask myself do I really want (or need it), if I the answer is yes, then absolutely go for it.
- Get my sleeping pattern under control – get to bed earlier and get up with the alarm each day
“Begin with the end in mind.”Steven Covey
When setting my goals this year, I’ve thought about how I want to feel at the end of the year, or for some the midpoint and worked backwards, how do you set yours?
My 2022 Business Goals:
- Set-up the business newsletter – after lots of planning and discussion, make 2022 the year that it goes live
- Get into a content creation rhythm that is sustainable for the business, whilst further refining our ideal customer avatar and tone of voice
- Finish all the training courses that I have started during lockdown, some just require a final module to complete, others a bit more
- Update the website after an in-depth review of Google Analytics (also include Google My Business review)
- Networking – finally settle on a networking programme that works for me (any recommendations?)
I haven’t fully completed the SMART part of the business objectives yet, but I mean come on I’m not adding them to an online PD system that will be formally reviewed each quarter, these are what I am sharing as my goals and hopes for 2022. I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t achieve them all, but in the third week of January, these are what I’ve set for myself.
I was reading an article recently that shared some tips for how to go about setting your goals if you haven’t done so already, some resonated with me so I’m sharing them with you:
- You don’t need to necessarily set goals for the whole year, you can do it quarter by quarter or month by month
- Be really clear on your why, yes a bit like Simon Sinek, but if you aren’t clear on why you’ve set a goal then your heart isn’t going to be in it.
- Be realistic – really ask yourself if it is realistic, if it isn’t you aren’t going to break it down and deliver it.
- Be positive – failure isn’t a failure, it’s a learning experience and an opportunity to go in a different direction.
- Get a buddy – I have a buddy through the Inner Hub and we are going to be exploring our goals for 2022 together and will be holding each other accountable. Who can you work with on yours?
A wise friend shared last week that January is about mindfulness, enhancing your plans, embracing yourself. It is the time to gather your thoughts and note down inspiration from what you see or read and then when Mother Nature wakes up that is the time for doing. It’s an approach I’ve taken on board with my personal objectives and am focusing primarily on self-care and me time.
Everybody has their own Mount Everest, we were put on this world to climb.”Seth Godin
So in summary my goals for 2022 are about prioritising myself – it’s all about self-care so I can be the best version of myself, for my husband, my family, my friends and my clients.
If you talk about it, it’s a dream if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”Tony Robbin
So who is going to help to hold me accountable to my 2022 goals?
by Marianne Avery
Marianne is a customer experience professional, a die-hard customer champion, and social media manager who helps businesses to drive culture and customer experience change as well as navigate the world of social media. To find out more about how Marianne and Flint Change can help you click here.