New year, new goals: Set yourself up for success in 2023

Caelan Huntress
3 min readDec 14, 2022

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Every new year brings with it a sense of possibility, a feeling that anything is possible if we set our minds to it. And one of the most effective ways to take advantage of this sense of possibility is by setting goals for the year ahead.

Setting goals gives us something to work towards, a way to measure our progress, and a source of motivation and inspiration. Without goals, we are like a ship without a rudder, drifting aimlessly through life without any clear sense of direction.

But setting goals is not just about creating a list of things you want to achieve. It’s about creating a plan, a roadmap for your life that will guide you towards your desired destination. And the key to creating a successful plan is to make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Goals that are SMART.

  • Specific goals are focused and well-defined, and they give you a clear sense of what you want to achieve.
  • Measurable goals allow you to track your progress and see how far you’ve come.
  • Attainable goals are realistic and achievable.
  • Relevant goals are aligned with your values and priorities.
  • Time-bound goals give you a deadline to work towards, providing a sense of urgency and motivation.

By setting goals that are SMART, you give yourself the best chance of achieving them. And as you work towards your goals, you’ll find that you gain a sense of control and direction, a feeling that you are in the driver’s seat of your own life.

So as you look ahead to the new year, take some time to think about what you want to achieve. Set some specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound goals, and then create a plan to make them happen. With clear goals and a solid plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to creating the life you’ve always wanted.

{Disclaimer: the passage in italics was generated by with the prompt:

write 300 words in the style of James Clear on the importance of setting goals for the new year}

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Caelan Huntress

I help busy professionals transform their performance, maximize their impact, and create exceptional experiences. I wrote the book on Marketing Yourself.