Successful Black woman

Whether it’s a new job, apartment, or even a relationship, there’s something about a fresh start that gives us a renewed sense of purpose. 

But nothing turns us into go-getters like the beginning of a new year. It’s a time for renewing your gym membership, starting a healthy eating plan, and furiously scribbling goals into your new journal. 

The only problem with this explosion of energy is that it often doesn’t make it far beyond January. Often, we get so hung up with planning that by the time February comes around, we’re exhausted and our big dreams are just a blurred memory.

So, how do we avoid all that rush and step into 2022 like the 1 percenters? First things first, THE MINDSET.

Yes, we’ve all heard this before. However, it’s necessary that you get into 2022 with an attitude of progress. 1% better each day, compounded, is 3800% better each year. 1% worse each day, compounded, means you become 97% worse off by the end of the year.

Get clear on what you want. Set a goal. Make a plan to achieve it. It’s important to strategize and plan for all your achievements but the true test is in the commitment.

When setting a goal, make it a habit to 10x it. 

For example: 

Instead of acquiring 10 new clients, set a goal to achieve 100. Instead of launching a business in 10 months, set a goal to launch in 1 month. Now now, this is not to say that instead of sleeping 8 hours you sleep for 1 hour. The goal is to do in 12 weeks what you can do in 12 months.

Focus on enjoying the journey and celebrating your progress. Happiness is found on the way, not at the end of the road.

Now that the mindset part is all figured out, let’s talk about the how

  • Evaluate What Didn’t Work in 2021

If the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results, we think it’s wise to start the new year by identifying what didn’t work for you in 2021 so you can avoid it in 2022. Did DIYing everything in your business cause you innumerable headaches? 

Hire someone. Is the strategy you implemented in your business not working as well? Resolve to change it. Did you complain about your gym workouts? It’s time to find a new class or a new routine.  

Don’t get stuck in a bad situation. Always remember that everything is figureoutable.

  • Define Your Success

The list of the five things that some of the world’s most successful people have in common – Grit, Passion + Goals, Lifelong Learning, Confidence, and Communication Skills can easily be expanded. It all goes back to personal experiences, values, and beliefs. 

Take some time to reflect on your own life, construct your own definition of success, write it down and keep it nearby. Let it stand as a reminder of where you want to be in the future, and as you progress, come back and adjust its definition to refine your next level of achievement.

  • Conduct A Self Assessment

Take the time to pause, reflect and reset in this new year. Conduct your own personal SWOT analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats as they relate to your personal life goals. Awareness is the first step to making a change that will impact your life in a positive way.

  • Determine The Right Mix Of Goals

Our goals focus our time and energy. Establish the results you want to achieve, and then decide if you need to set goals that change how you behave, improve a skill, or meet an outcome. 

Your challenge is to determine the right mix of goals for the results you want. Then create the actions and measures that will help you grow and map your progress toward the realization of your goals. 

  • Decide that you’ll be productive and not just busy

Focusing on being productive instead of busy can speed up the level at which you achieve your goals. 

Being productive could be as simple as putting your phone aside during work hours.

I bet that some of the goals you set 3years ago are still showing up on your 2022 new year’s resolution. Am I right? This year, especially as a business owner, plan to achieve your goals in half the time. I highly recommend this book: 12 week year. 

  • Invest in yourself and your business

Investing in yourself is one of the best returns on investments you can have. Whether it’s investing in learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, using tools that make your life easier, or hiring a coach, you need to give to yourself first before you can give to others.

You have my best wishes. Goodluck. ❤