Choosing Your Goals for the New Year

Most people make New Year’s resolutions that they promptly drop before the month of January is done. But, if you learn better ways of choosing your goals for the new year that really have a chance of coming to fruition, and understand that goals need action behind them to be achieved, you will make this next year one of greater success than ever before.

Six Steps To Successful New Year Goal Setting

This six-step process will help you choose goals for the New Year that really do have a chance to become true.

  1. What Did You Accomplish This Past Year?
    Starting your planning session with the positives from the past year will help get you into a better frame of mind. If you can see that you have accomplished a lot of what you set out to accomplish, it will give you the driving force to keep going with some of those goals that may still lie just out of reach.
  2. What Did Not Go Well Last Year?
    More than likely you made some goals that you did not achieve. It is always good to look at those items and try to determine why you did not reach them. Were they realistic goals? Did you make a good enough plan to ensure you met each goal? Did you make too many other goals so that you simply did not have enough time?
  3. Make a Short List of Things You Would Like to Accomplish in the Coming Year
    When choosing your goals for the new year make a short To-Do list of no more than five things you would like to accomplish this coming year. You might pick something you have already been succeeding at that you want to continue for the New Year, or you might choose some things from the list that did not get accomplished. You may also choose to add completely new items to the list.
  4. Make a List of Things You are Going to Stop Doing
    One reason some New Year’s goals are not accomplished is lack of time. Therefore, you need to make room for the new goals. This requires that you make a list of things you are not going to do anymore that will give you time for the new goals. For example, let us say one of your new goals is to exercise 30 minutes a day, and last year you read 30 minutes a day. You might choose to end reading for the year in favor of exercising.
    (Note: this is not a list of bad habits -- writing those down would only reinforce them. This is a list of things you do, OK things, that you are prepared to give up in exchange for your new goals.)
  5. Refine Your To-Do List with Real Plans of Action
    Here you will take your list of five and move it down to one or two things you really and truly want to and need to accomplish for the New Year. The way you will do that is to actually plan each thing out. You obviously want to accomplish these items by the end of the year, so start at that date. Then, moving backwards, make a plan of actions you need to take each day to actually achieve your goals.
  6. Put Everything in Your Calendar
    No plans will happen if they are not down on paper or a digital calendar. Each step you need to take should be in the calendar. That way, any given day when you wake up in the morning, you simply look at the calendar and find out what you need to do. You do not need to even focus on the end result, only what you are doing today or this hour.

Choosing Your Goals for the New Year

These six steps will help you reach any goals that you want to for the New Year. Remember, it is all about narrowing down what really matters, making realistic goals that you have time to work into your already busy day, and then scheduling everything for success.

Choosing Your Goals for the New Year

Wiz's Ten Steps To Staying Focused On Your Objectives
If you need help staying focused on your objectives for achieving your new goals, consider reading the ebook by Rev. Stephen B. Henry PhD., Wiz's Ten Steps To Staying Focused On Your Objectives.
It is available in the WizardsPlace Book Store.

You may also want to watch the replay of our Motivational Monday Blab, Choosing Your Goals for the New Year with Steve and Kat: CLICK HERE.

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Stephen B. Henry, known by many online as the WordPress Wizard, the Coach's Coach, or just the Wiz, is an author, web developer, small business consultant, and personal mentor. Steve earns his entire living online, providing business, technical, and online presence planning and support to small business owners, spiritual practitioners, online marketers, and other solopreneurs, including those who work from home. With a focus on permission marketing and heart-centered business, Steve works closely with, and cares about, each of his clients. He can be reached by email at

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