It’s a New Year. Are You Keeping Your Goals to Yourself?

It’s the beginning of the new year.

Like a lot of people you’re probably looking back to see what you did and didn’t accomplish, and looking forward to ask yourself what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year. It’s only natural to do so with this kind of transition.

In the past around this time of year I have shared my words of the year, whether one, two, or three words. (Here’s where I did that for 20152014 [year-end]20142013…)

I don’t think I’m going to do that this year.

It’s not so much because of reports that when you do that you psychologically feel like you’ve already reached your goal.

I just have this gut feeling that sharing all my goals isn’t what I need to do this year.

But what I am doing is 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever from Michael Hyatt. (I don’t have an affiliate link though I probably should.) My wife and I did it last year and loved it. We are doing it again — we are about halfway through it at the moment. It’s a great way to get focus and clarity on what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year.

And share your goals selectively with people who will push you forward and not hate on all the goals you set. Let’s face it: there are people who do just that. Or if they don’t hate on all your goals, they, out of love, really, try to convince you why you shouldn’t try something or why it is unreasonable or too risky.

So share with those who will push you and encourage you. Tweet that.

My wife and I didn’t accomplish all our goals from last year, but the ones we did accomplish we are really glad we did. The important thing is that we got clarity when things went sideways in July and August.

Whether you do Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to your Best Year Ever or Jon Acuff’s 30 Days of Hustle, do yourself a favor and find a way to set reasonable, actionable goals and find people who will keep you accountable.

I’m pretty excited about 2016. I hope you are, too.

Photo: David Hermans