As 2022 begins, many people have New Year’s resolutions. But we know that most of them will vanish in a few weeks or months. Instead of resolutions, for the past several years I have implemented an efficient system which consists of mapping my big goals for the coming year, coupled with a dashboard for weekly, monthly and quaterly accountability. Let me explain the importance of having such a system as well as how to implement it in your own life.
The Growth Zone
Without precise goals, it will be very hard to materialize your breakthrough potential and be the person you’ve always wanted to be. If you want to become a better version of yourself, start by having ambitious goals for this year. To grow, you need to learn new skills, live new experiences, spend time with people, speak with your coach or mentor, etc. Learning and growth can be modelled on an S-curve. Usually, it takes between three and six months to learn something new. Then, you are going to perfect your craft over several years until you achieve mastery in that field. To avoid boredom, you will then need to learn again. So, ideally your life is a succession of S-curves where you never stop learning, growing and becoming a better version of yourself.
We are now living in exponential times: everything is changing quickly. You must have a growth mindset and tap into the abundance. Today, there is no excuse for saying you cannot learn new things. Many courses are affordable online. You can get coaching and mentoring by joining online programs. You can establish new relationships through social apps, etc.
In the growth zone, you will live your big and bold dreams by following your massive transformative purpose (MTP), you’ll find excitement by following your passions and you’ll continuously grow into a better version of yourself by setting new goals and conquering objectives.
Mapping Your Goals
Your goal mapping can include several categories.
First are goals related to your personal growth — goals that will enrich your life in the coming year. For example, you may want to learn new skills, develop latent talents, cultivate or deepen some relationships or improve your health or emotional state.
Second, think of goals related to the contribution you want to make to your community or society. For example, you might support a non-profit organization or spend several hours per month volunteering. You might also become more active in your industry by sharing your expertise and experience, speaking at events or posting articles or starting a blog.
The next category is about your achievements and experiences. Here you can set goals regarding things you would like to have in your life in the coming year that will bring you joy and pleasure. It could be taking a trip you’ve always dreamed of, climbing a mountain or renovating your house. It could also be leaving your current job to start your own business or making that investment you have always postponed.
Another category concerns your goals related to your financial freedom and rewards. How much money do you want to earn this year? How will you grow your career and/or business? How can you make your future more rewarding for you?
You can have as many categories as you wish, but from my experience, the four categories described above work best. For each category, try to set three goals maximum, which already means 12 goals in total. For each goal, define as precisely as you can the concrete actions you need to take to achieve that goal. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, your actions might include exercising for 30 minutes four times per week, eating vegetables at each meal, reducing sugar and processed food (or cutting it out entirely) and drinking plenty of water during the day.
Tracking Accountability: A Monthly Dashboard
Once your goal mapping is done, include them on your dashboard. Decide on a scale (1 to 5, 1 to 10 or 1 to 12 as I use) and define what each score means for you. For example, if you lose five pounds out of your goal of 20 pounds, that might mean a score of 2 out of 5 or 3 out of 12. Each month, track your goals and give yourself a score for each of them; then calculate your total score for the month. This way you can see your progress month by month. Ideally, at the end of the year, you should be at 100% if you have achieved all your goals.
In addition to that scoreboard, I recommend adding weekly, monthly and quarterly accountability. At the end of each week and month, list what went well and what didn’t go as expected. Write down ideas for how you can improve during the coming week and month. Every quarter, look more deeply at your goals and objectives. List the key results for each goal. If anything unexpected came up, what lessons can you take forward?
If you are consistent in tracking your big, bold goals week by week, month by month, quarter by quarter, I guarantee that you will maximize your chances to achieve them. Year by year, you’ll see your progress, and you’ll constantly learn, grow and become a better version of yourself. This is what I wish for you in 2022 and beyond!