How to Start the New Year Strong to Achieve Your Goals

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Are you ready for 2024 with New Year’s resolutions and goals? There is something highly motivating about starting fresh with a plan and practice to be more self-aware this year!

Setting Intentions for Success: Why Resolutions & Goal-Setting Matters

Marshall Connects blog, How to Start the New Year Strong to Achieve your Goals

Did you create a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, how well did you manage your plan? Did you meet your goals?

Setting and following through with a plan is the only way to realize our goals. We must implement a realistic plan to begin the practice to achieve our New Year’s resolution goals.

Last year, I wrote about things you can do differently to increase your success. It includes a list of suggestions that will heighten your strengths and build the areas you need to advance, including your self-awareness. As we become more self-aware, we manage ourselves differently to affect those around us positively.

Recommendations For Reaching Your 2024 Goals

Suppose you want to start January off with a bang; you seriously need to consider developing a strategic plan for your success. When it comes to reaching your goals, I’ve provided you with my top five recommendations:

  1. Become more self-aware
  2. Ensure your goal is a priority
  3. Create a comprehensive plan
  4. Make your goal public
  5. Practice, practice, practice
  6. Strengthen our emotional intelligence.

Get To Know Yourself In 2024

Being self-aware and understanding our emotions and what triggers them is an asset few take the time to learn. Self-awareness skills help us notice our feelings and judge if our needs are satisfied. It is a personal competency and the core of emotional intelligence. Strong self-awareness is necessary to become successful, and a lack of it will limit our potential. Consider trying this 5-minute self-awareness quiz. Check out my second book, The Power of Emotion, A Practical Guide to Making The Most Of Your Emotional Intelligence.

How Much Do You Want It?

Being conscious of what you want from life is fundamental to reaching your goals and motivating you to achieve them. If you are genuinely committed to the plan, you will find the time to practice the necessary skills. 

Make A Foolproof Plan And Practice It

Creating a realistic and tactical plan that works with your schedule is paramount to realizing your goals. If you don’t make a  plan that fits your life, it will be impossible to practice the necessary skills, and you will quickly lose interest and feel defeated.

Equally important is building in time to practice; the more you work on a skill, the more proficient you will become. If you don’t follow through consistently with practice, it will be challenging to achieve your goal.

Make Your Goals Public

Sharing your goals with others will help hold you accountable for your plan. Securing a mentor or skilled manager will multiply your opportunity for success. Finding a mentor or experienced manager will increase your chance of success. Your mentor can share their experience, motivate you, and prod you toward the finish line.

I encourage you to make space to reflect on the past year to develop the perfect plan to achieve your goals and become more self-aware in 2024. For one-on-one guidance with reaching your goals, including self-development, team building, employee relationships, and more, Click here.

This article was originally published on December 29, 2018, and has been updated (November 2023).

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