Regardless of who you are, where you are or what you’re doing right now, like everyone else, one of your most important goals for this year is to make 2023 a more successful year.
In some places, this is not just a wish, it’s a ritual. People see the new year as a time to start all over, achieve new milestones, set new ones or create something phenomenal.
So, you’re not an exception if you have also resolved to make this year, a more successful year than the previous ones.
But, the problem is, too many times, a lot of these expectations do not really come through. In fact according to research, only 8 percent of people ever really keep their new year resolutions.
To escape situations like this and actually make 2023 a more successful year, for you in whatever you’re doing, you have to take a different approach.
And in this guide, I’ll be sharing with you, the important steps you can take to double your achievements and make this a more successful year for yourself, in the following paragraphs;
Learn a New Skill
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One of the most impressive 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 10 to 20 years ago are becoming very popular and in top demand today.
A very popular example is “social media management”. 20-25 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, 20-25 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 number of other skills that were high in demand, 15-20 years ago are also losing relevance, with the job and opportunities that comes with them.
For this reason, to make 2023 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 example, 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 2023 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, while keeping your main job.
For a side business, you can start an online business or work up something that can still run without needing your physical presence most times.
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 in 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 what it is, your hobby can be playing the guitar at your local church or anything. 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 2023 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 put a cap 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 a looming recession harsh economic projections, you can’t afford to spend all your money without a budget and expect that this is going to be a better year. Things don’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 have to cut off, to save on expenses. If you want to make 2023 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.
If you’re 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 have prioritize your need. Save and focus on spending on the most important things first.
Get a Certification
Today, it’s far cheaper to get certifications than it was 10-20 years ago. Right now, with as little as 50 US Dollars or less, 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 credible institutions. You can start with a 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 certifications or public notice and win some bragging rights that will come in handy at some future time.
In fact, as a small business owner, volunteering could even serve as an opportunity to promote your business and inspire your potential clients.
It could also be a tool you van use to demonstrate your expertise or grow your portfolio, especially if you’re just starting out.
So, to make 2023 a better year, decide to include volunteering as 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.
If you plan on making 2023 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 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 2023 a more successful than the past years, you have to live your life fully and all out.
Identify your goals. Get your plans 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 far more rewarding year.
After reading all of this, remember that making this a more successful year is entirely your responsibility.
Yes! After all the prayers, New Year resolutions, goal setting and planning, everything all falls back on you. So, you have to take the steps to make this your best year ever.
While at it, do not forget to re-invent yourself, dream new dreams and decide to live your life full out.
Like I mentioned earlier, learning some top demand digital skills could be one of the most important steps you will take to make this year your best year so far.
And you can start by signing up for a course at our digital marketing academy where you can learn work place 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? Drop your comments below…