How to do goals better in 2022.

January 1, 2022

If you’re like most people, then setting a goal for the new year and following through can feel like a daunting prospect. Like your setting yourself up to fail because you’ve heard ‘other people’ have achieved their New Years resolutions, so why can’t you?! Here is a small, quickly actionable blog post to answer – How to do goals better.

Typically with yearly goals, we bite off more than we can chew, leaving us feeling hopeless and discouraged when we fail by February.

Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.

Sylvia Plath

This year don’t fall into the trap!

Here are three simple steps to increase your chances of success.

  • THE WHAT. No more – but nothing less: Lofty goals can seem glittery but they are a recipe for demotivation.
    We suggest aiming for no more than three goals and framing them in a way that is quatifiable.
    If you are someone who can not sum up their yearly goals into a neat stack of three (like one of us – Sirjana) we suggest picking three goals you can action each month. And don’t keep them vague either!
    So out with –” I want to lose weight or read more books or book more couples” and in with:
    exact numbers, names and places.
  • THE WHY. Keep yourself accountable: Writing precisely what you want is only the first step. It helps in identifying what you have set your eyes on. It’s akin to knowing the destination you are aiming for. But we won’t get off our butts if we didnt know why we are going where we are going. Hence it is important to lay down our motives on paper – this will keep your vision laser focussed on your goals throughout the year.
    Let’s revisit the goal above and add our why to it.
    I want to lose 10 kilos to be able to adventure in hard to reach places with our couples and to gain more stamina for my increasingly more active son.” Writing this makes it clear to me why I am pushing myself and in which way I should push myself to gain more advantage while pursuing my goal.
  • THE HOW. Focus on the system and not the goal: Once you have identified what you need to achieve – please don’t just stop there. Life is way too busy and suddenly you will find you are staring at your goals and feeling increasingly frustrated figuring how to start, how to continue, how to achieve them. Which is why we suggest you write yourself a process you are going to follow to achieve them. Here is how THAT looks:

    I want to lose 10 kilos to be able to adventure in hard to reach places with our couples and to gain more stamina for my increasingly more active son SO for the month of January, I am going to:
    Spend time dancing with my son on one song daily which means I will plug my phone with my ‘dance playlist’ on Spotify ready to go on the lounge speakers. I am going to walk 12500 steps everyday and for that, I will put my favorite walking shoes by the door with a box of clean socks.
    The goal is to pre-emptively remove as many obstacles as possible.

If you would like to hear more about goal setting and which goals Ben and I have chosen for Jan 2022 – hear our special Podcast episode here on The Creative Myth.

Over at The Creative Myth you can be the fly on the wall as we chat to ‘creatives’ from all walks of life and different fields about why they do what they do and what makes them ‘creative’. Get set for some wild life-hacks, nuggets of brain gold and two nomadic adventure photographers/pod-hosts driven to dispel the myths surrounding creativity today and maybe even save the world while doing it.

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