How to make 2022 a more successful year

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or student, one of the dreams of so many people alive is to make 2022 a more successful year.

In some places, it is like a ritual. People see the new year as a time to achieve new milestones or create something more worthwhile. So, you’re not an exception if you’ve already set up your own expectations to make 2022 a more successful year.

But, the problem is that too many times, a lot of these expectations do not really come through. In fact according to research, only 8 percent of people actually keep their new year resolutions.

Imagine a situation where year in year out, after setting beautiful expectations and making huge plans, things fail to turn out the way they aught to. Leaving a lot of people wondering what went wrong.

To escape situations like this and make 2022 a more successful year, you don’t just want to set new year resolutions and expectations, you want to do things differently. You want to learn about the most important steps you can take to make a better year for yourself.

This is exactly what you’re going to learn in this post. And in the following paragraphs I’ll be sharing with you these steps and the tested strategies that will make 2022 your best year yet, if you decide to put them into practice.

Learn a new skill

One of the most noticeable things about 21st century is that the advent of technology has brought about a lot of very fast and unprecedented changes in almost every industry.

Due to these changes, a lot of skills that were not important about 10 to 20 years ago are becoming very popular and in top demand today.

A very popular example is “social media management”. 10-20 years ago, there was no need for the position of social media manager in most companies but today, social media management is a top in demand skills and companies are paying a good sum to hire social media managers.

Same thing goes for jobs like Virtual assistance, Programming, Data analysis etc. These jobs were barely in existence,15-20 years ago. And their skill set were not in demand. But today, the demand for these skills are increasingly getting higher.

On the other hand, a lot of the other skills that were high in demand some 15-20 years back are also losing relevance, with the job and opportunities that comes with them.

For this reason, to make 2022 a more successful year, you need to position yourself to learn relevant skills that will define the future of work.

Also, instead of learning just any skill, focus on learning a new skill that can complement whatever marketable skill you have at the moment.  

So if you’re a Graphics Designer for instance, you can learn about Content Marketing, Video Editing or Social Media Marketing etc. and get certifications for it.

If you’re a Content writer, you can also learn about Copywriting or Social Media Marketing.

Start a Side Hustle

Another way to make 2022 a more successful year is to get a side income that can support your main income.

To do this successfully, you may want to start a new business by the side or work on developing your hobby into a money generating business.

For a side business, you can start an online business or work up something that can still run without needing most of your time.

If you’re already running an online business, you can work on including things that can generate passive income for you. Like publishing a book, running affiliate programs etc. as part of your new or side business for the year.

On the other hand if you’re not a fan of starting a business, you can work on developing your hobby. It doesn’t matter whether your hobby is writing, singing, painting etc. Whatever it is, work on becoming so good at it.

Decide to make this year the year you’re going to put up effort to use any extra time you have to develop your hobby so much so that you become the reference point at some level In that industry/niche.

It doesn’t matter your hobby can be playing the guitar at your local church. Work on making it better and become the best right there.

You never can tell if the particular hobby will yield the big break you’ve been waiting for. Or set you up as the next Oprah or Zuckerberg or Megan Duckett of whatever industry you’re in.

Start a Saving Plan

Saving is inevitable if you must become better financially. In fact, beyond saving, to make 2022 a better year, find suitable opportunities to invest your spare income.

Work on spending far less than you earn. Budget your expenses. Of course I can agree it’s easier said than done most times. But, you can decide to fix a limit on the amount you spend on daily basis.

It makes you responsible. Helps you plan your life, expenses and keeps some money back for you in case of emergency situations.

With recent economic projections, you can’t go about spending all your money without a budget and expect that this is going to be a better year. It doesn’t work that way.

If you’re an entrepreneur, budget and take care of your business first, before personal expenses.

There are some events you’ll want to cut out to save expenses if you want to make 2022 a better year. Cut them off.

There are some parties you’ll say a big NO to and some fancy things you’ll have to postpone for your own good.

As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to budget for business and personal growth first because if you don’t you’ll definitely crash out of business.

And most importantly, you’re going to prioritize your need. Save and focus on spending on the most important things first.

Get a Certification

In 2022, it’s far cheaper to get certifications than it was 10-20 years ago.

Right now, with as little as 50 US Dollars, you can learn a skill, get online certificate, badges and use them on your CV.

You don’t have to wait to get thousands of dollars or hundreds of thousands of Naira before you get certifications from some credible institutions. You can start with a little token from your savings.

There are also free certificate courses from trustworthy organizations like Google etc. These are certifications you don’t have to pay a dime to acquire online. There are lots of them out there.

Decide to get at least one or two of these in this year, to enrich your CV and broaden your knowledge.

Become a Volunteer

In recent times, volunteering has become not just a way of giving back to the society but a way of spreading your brand name and getting your brand known for some good purposes.

For individuals, volunteering has also become a tool to get some certifications and win some bragging rights that will be come handy at some future time.

In fact as a small business, volunteering could even serve as an opportunity to promote your business and inspire your potential clients.

It can also be a tool to help you demonstrate your expertise or grow your portfolio, especially if you’re starting out.

So, to make 2022 a better year, decide to make volunteering part of your goals this year. Find volunteering opportunities in areas you can make a difference, go out and make a difference in an exceptional way then tell the world about it.

Work Smart

If you plan on making 2022 a more successful year for you, your business and your personal life, then working hard is inevitable.

You can’t help it. It’s logical you have to put in better effort than you did last year if you’re planning to see some better results than you did.

But instead of working just hard, plan on working smart. Working smart involves getting your goals right, planning and using every available technology and strategy to get the job done, faster and better.

In the course of your business, find out if it’s possible to outsource some tasks. If it is, outsource them. You’ll get some more time left.

If it’s possible to use smart tools or other alternative means to get some jobs done at a faster rate, do just that. Don’t wait to sweat it all out just to demonstrate you’re working hard. This doesn’t make sense.

Automate the part of your job that needs to be automated as you focus on increasing your efficiency and improving your productivity. This is very important.

Live your life fully

Finally, to make 2022 more successful than 2021, you have to live your life fully.

Identify your goal. Get your plan mapped out and then go full out to work with the plan in achieving your best for the year.

Do the things you’ve always wanted to do to make your life better, happier and more meaningful. Take those steps you’ve always wanted to take.

Don’t wait for a better year or time to do them. Don’t wait for another year to get better. In everything you’re doing, do them as if this is your very last chance.

In this year, decide to give everything you do the best of you. And if it doesn’t deserve your best then don’t do it.

Decide to start living the memorable life you’ve always wanted. Start creating the impact you’ve been waiting for. Don’t postpone it anymore.

Manage your time effectively and decide to prioritize and put things in their proper perspectives and you’ll see how you’ll create for yourself, a rewarding year.

Final Words

After reading all of this, I want you to understand that making 2022 a more successful year is very possible. But, it is entirely your responsibility to do that for yourself. Because no one will single handedly do that for you.

Yes! After all the prayers, New Year resolutions, goal setting and planning, everything all falls back on you. You’re the center, the creative director and manager of your life.

Begin to create the beautiful experience you want for the year already and take all the steps to make it the your year ever.

Like I mentioned earlier, learning some important skills could be one of the most important steps you want to take to make this year your best year so far. And you can start right here by joining our Digital Marketing Class to learn some of these skills and get the mentorship that will set you on the right path.

So, now it’s over to you! What was your biggest challenge last year?

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