As we approach another new year with COVID-19, consider these resolutions to help you reach your goals in 2022. Find success and make this your best year yet!
Several years ago, I shared some ideas for New Year's resolutions and how to make your most successful year ever. As we approach 2022, I want to update this information with the same goal in mind.
So, as we wave farewell to 2021, let's take some time to reflect on this unprecedented past year with COVID-19. Be grateful for both your challenges and opportunities. Get ready for new experiences, challenges that are yet to come. Keeping in mind that COVID-19 is following us into the new year, I want to share some things you can do differently to ensure your success in 2022.
Our New Year's Resolutions for 2022
Our goals for the new year are simple - be more productive and make a difference. Don't allow COVID-19 to affect your goals or performance. We now have experience working under new conditions to work and stay safe. No excuses; use this knowledge to meet your resolutions.
Here are some strategies to add to your New Year's Resolutions — they will make a significant difference in your life.
#1 Finding clarity is vital.
Knowing what you want in life is essential. Be sure to celebrate what you are doing well and focus on what you need to accomplish to succeed. Be deliberate about defining your wants and needs and know the difference between them. Take the time to reflect on what truly makes you happy!
This exercise is a mindfulness practice that can be a game-changer to your overall success. Mindfulness is one of the most important aspects of a full life.
#2 Self-awareness is necessary.
As I highlight in my presentations and coaching sessions, strong self-awareness is necessary for success. A lack of it will limit your potential. Self-awareness helps you understand your strengths and areas you need to develop. It provides insight into thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and motivation. Being aware of our emotions and learning ways to manage them will make a tremendous difference in our interactions with others and our overall success in life.
While we're on the topic of self-awareness, I'd like to direct you to this post, where I discuss five valuable ways to strengthen your self-awareness.
#3 Exercise self-compassion often.
Self-compassion extends compassion to oneself in perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.
It's about taking care of yourself and knowing you're enough.
Often, we attempt to reinvent ourselves at the beginning of the New Year. We're hardwired to focus on the negative, the things we don't do well. We need to learn to be gentle with ourselves and train our brains to focus on the positive.
Our performance is not enhanced when we are overly self-critical. Regular self-compassion and self-care practice, especially during COVID-19, can reduce stress and help us move forward more positively.
Here are posts to assist one in improving self-compassion and self-care.
#4 Celebrate achievements along the way.
While focusing on achieving our goals is essential to success, celebrating the small achievements along the way is critical. Regardless of the challenges COVID-19 presents, continue to focus on the positive of even your most minor accomplishments.
There are numerous ways to keep success in the top drawer of our minds, including using visual reminders, making your goals public, and highlighting small achievements in a journal. By leveraging our strengths, we'll enhance our overall development with a growth mindset, celebrating each step we take toward our goal of becoming more effective and making a difference.
Here is a post about your powerful mindset.
An Extra New Year's Resolution
Consider this bonus goal: The next time you're in a situation that's outside your comfort zone, consider being flexible and opening your mind to learning something new. Often, this is where we can understand our most powerful life lessons. Find out more about learning from everyone (and everything) you encounter here.
Now, try writing down your own New Year's resolution. After all, writing down your goals for 2022 will increase your success! Let's start (or continue) to shine a spotlight on our strengths in the New Year and avoid negativity to ensure you reach your goals in 2021!
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This article was originally published on December 30, 2017, and has been updated (December 2022).
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