Have you figured out your 2023 goals yet?

If not, you are not alone. I’m still trying to get mine all worked out. Maybe we can help each other get our goal planning on!

Before you set up 2023, let’s take a moment to review this year. And no judgment – you did awesome no matter how much you could get done. Some days you are a supper star and some days you need to chill on the couch. Both of those are ok! So no beating yourself up if you feel you fell short.

Use it to fuel your plans for next year instead.

You may want to grab some paper and your goals from way back in January 2022. My goals for 2022 were: 

  • Read 52 books
    • I did not hit 52 but read over 30
  • Use only current stickers
    • Nope, I bought tons new stickers BUT I did make a point to use many of my older stickers.
  • Watch 6-8 photo classes
    • Yes
  • Make art
    • Yes
  • Journal
    • Got off track for a few months
  • Lose weight
    • Nope
  • Run 50k
    • Nope
  • Yoga and strength work
    • Nope
  • Pay off credit card
    • Yes!
  • Build Emergency Fund to $2,000
    • Yes
  • Grow Social Media
    • Yes
  • Self Care Sundays
    • Fell off this one about six months in

Before you start setting goals for next year, think about a word of the year. I started really using this last year to help set my intentions for the year and it really helped. A word of the year should inspire you and give you guidance for your year. It can help you clarify and focus on who you want to be and what you want to accomplish. It’s all about how you want to grow.

This year my word was create. I wrote out both the dictionary and my definition and listed out ways I can create. I tried to do something each day that revolved around create.

For 2023, I picked the word renew. I put a lot of thought into my word and my why behind it. About a year ago I was diagnosed with ADHD and started medication in February. The diagnosis and medication made me realize how much I had been masking and how much of myself I was shoving down.

That is not a good feeling.

I decided I wanted to take the time to get to know me again. Renew is part of that journey. As my word of the year it will guide my year and help me to focus on digging my personality out. It will show up in some of my goals and activities.

What do you think your word of the year will be for 2023 and why? If you feel comfortable please share it with me. I would love to support you as you work towards whatever you want to accomplish!

Now that you’ve reviewed your previous goals and set your intention for the year, start thinking and planning out your goals for next year. You can pick your categories and start writing down your ideas. It’s ok to get messy here. Write something out, let it marinate for a few days, and come back to it. If it still resonates with you, keep it. If not? Scribble it out and write down what feels better.

You don’t have to figure out your goals all in one sitting.

I’ve been working on mine over the last few weeks and I think I’m finally getting them where I want them. They don’t need to be perfect and they don’t have to be forever. You may review them in a few months and adjust or drop them. 

The important part is getting something down to help guide your future actions.

I follow the MakseLife system and break my goals down by their categories. I have more in some areas than others and they may change over the year. Many of them revolve around things I love (art, photography, content creation) and finding out who I am (journaling, style). Not everything falls under finding out who I am but renew still applies. For example, our house is getting old and needs some small repairs and decluttering. The house is getting in on the renew too! 

What goals are you thinking about for next year? How do they tie back to your word of the year?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.