Another year. 2021 was a whirlwind of big plans, more changes and pivots, adapting, and overcoming.
Like past years, we had times of trials and hardships, yet times of triumph and encouragement. We continue to march forward, knowing that while Covid has forever changed and reset life as we know it, we continue to adapt and persevere.
Because these unprecedented times have slowly shifted to become precedent. And knowing this, goal setting, New Years Resolutions, and setting your vision for 2022 should be done tactfully and with intention.
Vision Setting versus New Year's Resolutions
We’ve seen the articles and statistics about how New Year’s Resolutions simply don’t stick unless you have a system in place. Which is why personally, I am a big advocate for 90-day planning and rhythms. If you haven’t already, you can grab our She-Suite Perfect Day planner here, to help you prioritize and visualize your time.
In 2022, I want to encourage you to look at your year differently. Break out your big goals into quarterly milestones that align with your long-term vision. This not only helps to make goals feel more manageable, it also sets you up for smaller, more frequent wins.
Lastly, be sure that your goals are aligning with your vision. Are the small tasks and wins on a week-to-week basis moving the needle closer to your overall vision for the year?
Defining and Setting Your Vision
Let’s take a look at the definition of the word Vision:
the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.
What is your vision for this year? Not just the goals you have… But what do you see for yourself 365 days from now? Are the plans and habits that you currently have in place going to help create that vision for you?
Another question to ask yourself: what are the key themes that you want to expand on and bring into focus for this new year? For what reason do you gravitate towards them, and what is your ultimate desired outcome?
If you haven’t already, write down your vision for 2022. It can be in a Word document, or on a notebook near your desk. Keep it somewhere that you can reference often, as a means to refocus and recalibrate.
Vision and Goal Setting: The importance of rest
Arguably more than ever before, many of us feel burnt out. Tired, and overwhelmed. Much has changed and shifted, and while we as a community have adapted, women specifically continue to put their goals aside, push their self-care or mental health to the back burner; it’s almost always what first falls to the wayside.
You may be reading this and thinking to yourself… I don’t even have the capacity to set a vision for this year. I’m just trying to stay afloat.
Hear me when I say that chasing your goals and vision is going to be difficult if you are already feeling drained. It’s a sentiment that I echo often in our weekly Reset newsletter; it’s absolutely critical to create the space that you personally need for reflection and assessment. Without making this time for yourself, the odds of hitting those 90-day goals, and moving towards your vision is going to be much more challenging.
For this new year, perhaps setting your vision takes the shape of helping you get back on track… feeling less burnt out… and making more time for yourself. An example:
My vision for 2022 is to end the year feeling rested, rejuvenated, and thriving.
Now, what does that look like, specifically? What daily, weekly, and monthly tasks can you start to get into place to set up rhythms and habits, to help you move towards thriving, instead of just surviving?
Remember, making strides towards your vision will take time, and patience. It isn’t something that happens overnight or even across months. But if you’re implementing 90-day plans, the goals broken out for each quarter should be moving your needle closer to that vision.
Slow and steady wins the race. You’ve got this!