We’re ringing in a new year and likely have settled into what some may refer to as a “new normal.” Things have changed and many of us have adapted since the onset of the pandemic. As we all begin to steadily settle back into routines, what better time to begin reflecting and looking forward than right now?
When you set a goal, it can be intimidating — especially a long-term one focused on working toward a better future. It’s normal to want to delay taking action on a goal like that for as long as you can. However, planning ahead can actually provide a sense of comfort and motivation once it comes time to do the heavy lifting in the new year.
Although many of us connect New Year’s resolutions with an early January timeline, it may make more sense to create an action plan that works for your life. Spending more time thinking through what you’d like to accomplish and how you’ll do it could help you build the momentum you need to follow through. This could take some time — time that could be spent in December so that you can hit the ground running in 2022.
How to End 2021 on a High Note
Planning ahead for your New Year’s resolution can be a great way to finish 2021 strong. Think about where you want to be this time next year. How can you get there? Here are a few things you can do to build some momentum heading into the new year.
1. When in doubt, write it out.
Think about what your resolution is. Maybe it’s something career focused like getting a new job or pivoting into a new career field. If that’s the case, taking steps like updating your LinkedIn profile and resume or registering for online classes could be on your to-do list in the new year. So, write them down! You don’t have to start those tasks yet, but the very act of writing down what you have to do can go a long way toward accomplishing your goal.
2. Finish that thing you’ve been putting off.
What’s the first thing that came to mind when you read that? There’s probably something that you’ve been meaning to do this year and other things just got in the way. It may have nothing to do with any of your goals in 2022 but finishing this year knowing you finally got “that one thing” done can help you enter the new year with the momentum needed to tackle new things. Plus, it’ll remind you what you’re capable of.
3. Share your goals with people you care about.
And more importantly, with people who care about you. Once you have an idea of what you want to get accomplished in the new year, talk to those close to you about the goals you’ve set for yourself. Whether it’s support or help holding you accountable, being able to share your successes (or even your failures) can help make the highs even higher and lows more comforting. Go into the new year with not only a plan of action but a support system you value.
Don’t Delay Your Dreams
As we’ve learned in the past two years, the unexpected can happen in a flash and time will continue to move forward. So, if you’re waiting for the right moment to get started, look no further than today. Your goals for 2022 don’t have to wait until January.
The beginning of a new year is a new opportunity. Don’t focus on what you couldn’t get done in 2021, think about all you can accomplish in 2022! With these tips, you can finish the year with optimism as you enter a new chapter of your life and feel more prepared for whatever may come your way in the upcoming year.
Career Goals in 2022?
If your resolution for the new year is in fact career focused, then you might be interested in entering the healthcare field. Ultimate Medical Academy has a variety of program options for online and blended learning — some with practicum/externship experience. Contact us today to learn more about how we care for our students and their career goals. We’re here to help as you move through your journey, or to even help you select the path!