5 Steps to Get the Most Out of the New Year

It’s that time of the year again, where you look back and ask where did the time go? It seemed like just yesterday, it was New Years Eve and you were ready to bring in the previous year with a bang, now it’s almost time to celebrate a new year. And with a new year brings new goals. How are you going to make this year better? Here are some ways that you can make you this year’s goals more impactful than last year’s goals.

1. Work Backwards from Your Long-Term Goals

One of the first things you should do when you create your new year goals is see how they align to your overall vision for your life. A lot of times we focus too much on the short term and what we want to accomplish in the next 3 to 6 months that we forget about our long-term plans. What investments can you make today that will help you achieve your overall vision? The best way to get the most out of your new year goals is to look at your long term goals and work backwards. Create goals that will have the most impact 5-10 years from now.

2. Ask Yourself: What does Accomplishing this Goal Mean for Me, My Family and Friends?

When you create your goals, you want to make sure that they mean something. Do your goals make you a better person? Will it make you a better friend, colleague, parent or sibling? If you accomplish your goal, what impact will it have on you, your family or your friends? For example, creating a goal to spend more time with you loved ones means you develop stronger relationships. Someone is always watching you, what example are you setting for yourself and those around you. Ultimately, your goals should align with your value system and mean something if you accomplish it.

3. Focus on All Areas of Your life

Sometimes, when we create our goals we focus too much on one area, like our career; but living a well balanced life means you should have goals in all areas of your life. Focusing on one area to much can create an imbalance, which is why we create goals in each of the following areas: career, financial, spiritual, physical, intellectual, family, social and personal. This makes sure that you don’t focus too much on your career, and forget to spend time with family or just the opposite; you spend so much time with your friends you forget to invest in your own personal or professional development. Be intentional in the goals you set and make sure they help you and not hurt you.

4. Make Sure Your Goals are S.M.A.R.T.

I’m sure at some point, we all heard of the acronym S.M.A.R.T, meaning specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. A good goal incorporates all five of these characteristics. Your goals shouldn’t be vague or immeasurable; they should be realistic and attainable. Also, each goal should have a time frame associated with them, saying you want to accomplish your goals in the new year is not specific enough, by what month do you hope to accomplish each goal? When do you plan to start it and when do you plan to finish it? It’s hard to measure a goal that doesn’t have a completion date. So when you create your goals make sure they are S.M.A.R.T.

5. Look Back at the Previous Year

As you reflect on last year, what did you accomplish? Was this a good year for you? What do you plan to build on and what do you plan on doing differently? Looking back can help you look forward as you determine your next steps. Life is all about making adjustments and when you look at what went well for you and what went wrong you, already know some changes you can make to make the new year better year than the last year. So use your past as a measuring rod to help you move forward.

Goal setting is a great way to make sure you are on the path to success, but sometimes we can create a goal and know we want to achieve the goal, but we don’t know how to achieve it. It’s not effort we lack, its knowledge and direction. At Horn and Shield Consulting, we offer mentoring and coaching programs designed to help people beak through their roadblocks and find their purpose so they can get to the next level in their life, whether it’s achieving a personal goal, advancing in their career or starting and building a business, we have coaching programs that are customized to your specific needs. If you would like to learn more about the programs we offer, you can set up a free consultation by emailing us at info@hornandshieldconsulting.com and visit http://www.damienlhorn.com/coaching/ to learn more about our coaching programs. Make this new year your best year yet!

About Damien L. Horn

Damien Horn is the C.E.O of Horn and Shield Consulting, a personal development and management consulting company and the creator of the Optimize 360 System and Optimize University. As a Peak Performance Strategist and Optimal Living Expert, speaker and coach, Damien empowers everyday people to live extraordinary lives by helping people optimize their lives. Through biblical and marketplace principles, Damien helps people create strategies for success to further their own personal development, their career or business. Join the Success Movement at www.damienlhorn.com !

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