The last few weeks of any year offer the obvious opportunity to reflect and assess our goals.
And we’re not just talking about fitness goals. Although about 46 percent of people did make health-related New Year’s resolutions for 2021, making it the most popular type.
But this also is a time of year where it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Let us help! The following are three steps to help you prepare for a successful new year. 2022 is going to be a year to shine!
Take the time to reflect on this past year
The best part about this time of year is the natural inclination to be in reflection mode. How did your year go?
Get specific about the ups and downs of the past 12 months:
- What went well in your personal life? What didn’t? What would you like to improve in 2022?
- What went well in your health and wellness? What didn’t? What would you like to improve in 2022?
- What went well career-wise? What didn’t? What would you like to improve in 2022?
- Anything else? Is there something missing in your life that would make you happy? What steps can be taken in 2022 to obtain that?
- What hindering habits have been holding you back? What lessons have you learned?
Because everyone is different, it’s important to let these initial questions lead to new, more specific ones that help you fully assess what went well and what didn’t for you in 2021.
Then, write down your takeaways as you have them. Be thorough in jotting down all the relevant details and thoughts.
Circle everything you want to improve for the new year. These can easily transition into your goals.
Turn wishes into S.M.A.R.T. goals
Those improvements that you would like to see in the new year risk remaining as general wishes if you don’t take the next step.
What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal? It’s a goal that’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
So, rather than thinking: “I want to spend more quality time with my family in the new year.”
You can level that up: “I want to enjoy a 2-hour-long-minimum game night with my family every weekend, starting in January, where we all leave our phones in another room.”
In this example, we go from a general wish to something more specific, where the structure automatically makes this an achievable goal that you can plan for with set expectations.
Of course, every goal is different. As you narrow down what matters most to you for 2022, make sure you dig deeper and get specific, find an aspect that you can measure, set a time for it, confirm that it’s realistic. Then, all of that makes your goal achievable.
Make an action plan for 2022
Using S.M.A.R.T. goals automatically brings with them a bit of an action plan, but what if you have a much larger goal in mind? We’re all for it!
- Start with that broad goal.
- Identify the smaller goals that can help you reach that larger goal.
- Create an outline that specifies how you’ll reach those goals, when you want to achieve them and how you can ensure staying on track.
That outline then becomes your action plan for the new year. You’ll want to revisit it at least quarterly if not more often if you’re serious about hitting your big goal.
Your outline can also take the form of a vision board. Watch our video walk-through on how to create a vision board.
Of course, also give yourself grace and flexibility when/if life changes (because we all know it can). Be nimble and keep what matters most to you in mind.
Keeping your new year goals specific and simple is the recipe for success. Reasons why so many people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions, according to a 2014 study:
- About 35 percent had unrealistic goals.
- About 33 percent didn’t keep track of their progress.
- About 23 percent forgot about their resolutions.
- About 10 percent said they made too many resolutions.
Get out of the mindset of a temporary-feeling “New Year’s resolution” and commit to at least one year-long goal that you have an action plan for. This is your opportunity to take 2022 by storm!
Are your goals health-related? Kaia FIT is a women’s fitness program that offers nutritional guidance and a supportive community to help you stay accountable. Find the closest Kaia FIT studio to you.
Caren Roblin is the owner of Kaia FIT Sierra, with four studios in the Reno-Sparks area.