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How to Set Meaningful Goals in 2022

Written by Nicole Dalbo on Monday, 24 January 2022. Posted in Helpful Tips

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It’s the start of a new year, and we know that there’s a lot that you want to accomplish. The biggest question you’re probably asking is where to start. No matter what you’re aiming to do, mapping out a plan to reach your goals is a great way to succeed in all aspects of your life. To get you on track, we have some great tips so that you can create, and crush, your goals in 2022.

Identify what’s important to you.

First, what do you really want to accomplish? Setting goals that matter to you, and will have a positive impact on your life, is one of the most important factors to consider. Keeping what will really make you happier in mind will help motivate, inspire, and keep you on track to accomplish what you set out for.

Create realistic goals.

While the big goal you choose can be a little challenging, you should still be able to realistically achieve it with a multi-step plan. Know your hard limits but be willing to push yourself in new ways! The best goals are those that you’re in control of achieving. If you’re depending on other people or factors to contribute to your success, you won’t be able to count on the results. You don’t want to get discouraged or burnt out, especially early on.

Write down your goals.

Don’t let your goals be “out of sight, out of mind.” Writing down your goals helps you visualize them and make them real. Set your goals in a place where you look often, so that whenever you go by, you’ll be reminded of what will make all your hard work worth it.

Set a schedule with deadlines.

Working toward something is so much harder if you don’t have a plan with milestones mapped out. Start by defining your finish line and setting deadlines for each milestone along the way to keep you on track. Figure out how much you need to accomplish per month, per week, or per day to manage yourself so that you’re not loaded with too much by the time your final deadline approaches.

Celebrate your milestones.

Completing milestones is exciting. With every milestone met, you are achieving something! Don’t let your accomplishments be uneventful. Set little rewards for yourself when you hit each milestone, but save the big reward for when you finally reach your goal. Whether you’re 25%, 50%, or 100% at your goal, take the time to acknowledge it, because you’ve earned it!

Stay positive!

Most importantly remember, you got this! Remaining positive through your journey will keep you motivated to meet your target. Goals are tough, and they’re supposed to be—but that just makes it so much better in the end. Success isn’t given, it is earned, and now you have all the tips you need to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. Pushing yourself to be the best you will bring out the best you.

Reach your goals with James Madison High School.

Whether you’re starting high school fresh, or looking to finish up your remaining credits, JMHS is here to help you cross the finish line. Contact one of our Admissions Specialists at or enroll online and set up your latest goal today.

About the Author

Nicole Dalbo

Nicole Dalbo

Nicole Dalbo studied English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Scranton and is currently working toward her MS in Marketing. When she isn’t writing, Nicole can be found watching the newest Marvel movie, baking something sweet, or jamming out to live music.