2022 is here and it’s time to level up. But first there needs to a road map, a bulletproof one.
I didn’t use the word ‘resolutions’ because they don’t work—in fact, New Year Resolutions are memes by this point.
Setting a zillion unrealistic goals, starting on January 1st, giving up within a week, consoling yourself with a zillion excuses, and in December, setting them again.
This year, let’s break this vicious cycle. But I won’t spew motivational wishy-washy b.s. — I’ll give you my exact goal template and explain the rationale behind it.
I’m 100% certain I’ll achieve the 2022 goals I’ve set using this template — by the end of this article, you’ll feel the same.
A 4-Step Checklist to Set Brilliant Goals
The #1 reason most people fail their resolutions is because they don’t set them right.
A goal isn’t something you jot down in a heartbeat — it’s an art piece that involves meticulous planning and mindfulness.
It took me years to learn the various intricacies of this art, but I’ll save you the hard work by providing a simple checklist:
* Ask yourself, “Why do I want to achieve this?”. If the answer’s, “To impress my friends,”, ditch the goal. Willpower doesn’t work, meaning does. So have powerful reasons— “I want to reclaim my health”, or “This is ruining my relationships”.
* Lofty but realistic. If a goal isn’t realistic, you won’t achieve it. But if it isn’t challenging enough, you won’t find it exciting enough to pursue.
* Chisel your goals so they’re SMART. This is an acronym for “Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Realistic-Timely,” — “Lose weight” isn’t SMART. “Lose 14 kgs in 4 months through portion control and swimming” is.
* The visualization test. Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Science agrees — the neural response from visualizing something is the same as actually doing it.
So, if you cannot visualize achieving a goal, it’s too unrealistic — scale it down.
Set only These Many Goals
When you set 100 goals, you’ll achieve none of them — plus, end up with fractured focus, frustration, and burnout.
But when you set only 2 or 3 goals, you’ll be cutting yourself short — not to mention being rudderless if they go awry because of some unforeseen reasons.
8 to 12 goals strike the perfect balance. If you’re unsure, go down to 6 and if you went, “That’s too less!”, bump them up to 14.
The more conservative you are with the number of goals you set, the better it is.
One More Crucial Thing
Also, make sure your goals synergize and don’t conflict with each other—each goal should make the others easier to achieve.
“Increase my powerlifting total by 100 kgs,” and “Lose 20 kgs,” are conflicting goals.
“Complete 90 days of cold showers”, “Make 30 cold approaches”, and “Achieve a 21-day NoFap streak” are synergistic.
While cold showers reinforce your willpower on NoFap; the confidence boost and reduced social anxiety from NoFap make cold approaching radically easier.
A 3-Tier Framework to Plan and Prioritize Your Goals
If setting wonderful goals is the king, prioritizing them is the queen.
“If everything’s a priority, then nothing’s a priority.”
— Frank Sonnenberg
Without prioritization, your focus will be tugged in different directions and the only thing you’ll achieve will be burnout.
But linear 1–2–3 bullet pointing isn’t effective — your focus gets concentrated on the first 1 or 2 goals. Plus, it’s hard to track progress — not to mention how hard it is to rank goals.
Here’s where a tier list comes in:
* P0 (2 to 4 goals) Achieve these at any cost — make these your 2022 non-negotiables.
* P1 (3 to 5 goals) Fully achieve at least 2 to 3 of these goals or execute at least 75% of each of these.
* P2 (3 to 5 goals) Pick these only once you’ve achieved your P0 and P1 goals.
Even if you fully “fail” your P1 and P2 goals, the satisfaction of your P0 goals will make up for it.
Plus, by adding wiggle room to your P1 goals, you make their “win” criterion easier.
Tracking and Visualization
Grab a quality A4 sheet and a permanent marker. Write “2022 goals” in bold at the top.
Set down your goals in a bullet list fashion under the P0, P1, and P2 subheadings.
Finally, add a monthly tracker section only for your P0 goals — this is because tracking every goal is not only tedious but adds to your stress.
Walk over to your desk and tape this in a glaringly visible place — one which you’ll see without fail multiple times in a day.
Every time you read through those goals, visualize them — the more you do this, the greater your hunger, and the closer you get to them.
Before Jan 2023 rolls in, that trusty piece of paper would have become a solid reality.
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