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New Year, New Goals

Last year, many Haven members joined peer-group Collectives and read High Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard together. Throughout this experience, we pushed ourselves and one another to develop high-performance habits so that we could excel. Because of this investment in ourselves, we’re ready to set challenging, measurable goals this year. You can too. It all starts with Clarity.

It’s finally 2021. A year that, for many, follows one that was difficult. Many of us didn’t hit the goals we set for ourselves and our businesses due to the upheaval that stemmed from COVID-19. Our challenge this year is not to simply set the same goals as last year (changing some dates) in hopes of meeting them this year instead, but to do a complete reset.

We want to take advantage of what we experienced and learned in 2020 and view who we want to be from this new perspective.

One way to start creating new goals for 2021 is to list everything you accomplished (big and small) in 2020. Write it all down. You accomplished more than you think, most likely. Categorize these accomplishments for instance: money/finance, career/business, health/lifestyle, relationships, community/fun.

Once you’ve reflected on your year, start asking yourself what surprised you? How did you spend your time? What did you learn about yourself? What did you teach yourself?

Do you see any patterns emerging? Are there commonalities in what you accomplished? With all the changes that came from 2020, it’s likely you’re in a different place today than a year ago so, with this reflection, you can start to see a new beginning for goals that reflect who you are right now. It’s likely that you have new passions, strengths, interests, and priorities than one year ago.

From this place, you can dive into creating new goals for this new year. We know from research that you have the best chance of achieving the goals you set when they are specific, challenging, and shared with others.

Tips for creating goals for 2021:

  1. Each goal should be specific and measurable. Don’t skimp out on the amounts and timelines for each.

  2. Visualize how achieving each goal will change your life. What will it enable you to do, have, or feel? This will help you see the goal clarity. The more it becomes part of your daily vision, the more likely it is you will succeed.

  3. Challenge yourself daily to do at least one thing that supports your goals. Maybe, in the beginning, that’s simply to write your goals down over and over until you believe in your ability to achieve them.

  4. Share your goals with at least one person who can hold you accountable, support your goals, or cheer you on so that you are less likely to give up on them when life throws you a curveball.

  5. Act, tweak, improve. You deserve to achieve every goal. Keep taking actions toward them, but learn along the way, adjust when necessary, tweak your course, and continue improving.

We may have a lot of high expectations for the year, ourselves, and our businesses, and that’s ok. We’ve learned a lot in the last year and we’ll continue to grow and improve in 2021 too. We’re excited to start a new round of Collectives where we will once again grow personally and professionally together, helping one another achieve every goal we set for the year ahead.

If you’re interested in learning more about Collectives, read more here. Your peer group is waiting for you.

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