How to Make 2020 Your Most Successful Year Yet

I've seen a lot of people on social media say that they're planning to make 2020 their best year ever. And I really, really hope they do. But I wonder how many of them actually will? We all seem to have loads of motivation every new year, which usually flounders or is even gone by February. Real life gets in the way and our dreams can fall by the wayside.

Whether you're planning to start a blog, take your blog to the next level, write a book, bag your dream job/promotion or start your own business, you're going to need a plan of attack. You won't get anywhere just by wishing. Here's what I suggest doing if you want to make 2020 your most successful year yet...

Start by reviewing the past year. Grab a pen and paper, look back over 2019 and write down your answers to the following questions: 

1. What have I achieved this year? Which new skills did I learn? What am I most proud of? 

It's important to celebrate all your wins, however big or small. Looking back over the things you've already accomplished will prove that you can do anything you set your mind to, and will give you more confidence to pursue your dreams in the coming year.

Keep this list to look back on when you're feeling overwhelmed or not so confident in your abilities at any point during the next 12 months. 

2. What do I wish I could have done better? Where is there room for improvement?

As well as congratulating yourself on your achievements, you need to take a look at the things that didn't go as well as you hoped. This will help when it comes to planning your 2020 goals. You might need to change up your strategy to meet these goals, or you might decide to drop them altogether in favour of something else. 

3. What do I want to leave behind in 2019?

There are going to be things that didn't quite go to plan this year, or you've lost interest in them now. It's okay to scrap these ideas if they're no longer something you want, or you feel like they're realistically never going to happen.

Other things I think you (and I) should leave behind in 2019: limiting beliefs, negative self-talk and bad habits. These aren't going to help us achieve our goals any time soon. 

Once you have all your answers to these questions, you'll be well equipped to start making plans for next year. So now look ahead to 2020 and answer these questions: 

1. What am I good at?

Write a list of all your strengths. Are you a great writer, good with your hands, skilled in public speaking? Jot them all down, however insignificant you think they might be. This list will help you decide which direction you want to be heading in the coming year.  

2. What are my goals?

What are you hoping to achieve? Make two lists for this question: one for your long-term goals and one for the things you want to make happen within the next year. The 'long-term goals' list could be a three-year plan, a five-year plan or even a ten-year plan but you'll need to write this one first, so you know what you're going to have to do this year to set the wheels in motion. 

Make your goals challenging but achievable - you'll be less likely to give up if they don't seem completely out of reach, and less likely to get bored if they offer a bit of a challenge. 

3. How am I going to achieve my goals?

You can't just write down everything you want to achieve and then promptly forget about it all for the next 12 months until December rolls around again and you realise you haven't accomplished anything on your list. You need to make a plan of action. 

How exactly do you plan to make your dreams a reality? Break them down into individual steps. Not only will this make them seem less daunting than attempting to tackle them as a whole, but you'll have more wins to celebrate along the way, which will keep the momentum going and encourage you to keep at it. 

Now you have your plan for 2020, there's only one thing left to do: take action. Go make your dreams a reality - I believe in you!   

How are you planning to make 2020 your most successful year yet? Let us know in the comments so we can all cheer each other on. 

Related post: How to ACTUALLY Keep Your New Year's Resolutions (for Once)

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  1. This is a beautiful post. To have a better year, we need to be prepared and know exactly what we want

  2. I've got so much I want to achieve for 2020, but I'm definitely going to stop letting so many things get in the way of my dreams!

  3. this is such a great post! i think people have even higher goals because not only is it a new year, it’s a new decade. i’ve got a lot i want to accomplish in 2020 just need to stop doubting myself! xx

    mich /

  4. This is such a good list of things to do in order to get the most out of next year x

  5. This is exactly what I need as I look forward to the new year! thanks for sharing these useful tips.

  6. Great post, I think I'll make note of these questions in my project book and write down my answers! xx

  7. What a wonderful post to give people an idea on how to make 2020 an encouraging year by making a list of your achievements to stay motivated but also focusing on how to strengthen your weaknesses. This is so helpful in avoiding the burnout feeling, thanks for sharing 💕

    Natonya |

  8. This is a wonderful list to take into the end of December! I always try to look back before the New Year and see what I have learned and accomplished, and think of a few achievements and aspirations to leave behind as I go forward.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I agree - there is always a lot of 'talk' as we move towards the new year. While intentions are generally great, if there isn't a plan and follow through, it's going to fall short of actually making a difference.

  10. This is a great idea! It's so easy to get caught up on what to do next, we (me and my business partner aka my husband) need to sit down and reflect on the good as we move into the 2020 phase.

  11. Yaaaaasss!! Great advice!! Im going to sit and do this one night this week while the sprogs are in bed. My goal is to gain more subscribers on my blog and push myself out of my comfort zone and stop being so negative towards myself x

  12. Yep these are all key questions. Improvement requires reflection on what has been and planning of what is to come!

  13. You know, when it comes to resolutions, the most important thing is being reflective and having a clear plan. You have included some useful questions to trigger that self-reflection in people! I think it's so important to think about your strengths and weaknesses, and put achievements in perspective. Great post.

    Laura /

  14. Oh my gosh, I love this post. I really enjoy doing year-end reviews since it helps me look back on the year and see how I did. It also helps me set goals for the next year. I think the questions you included here really hit the nail on the head! Thank you so much – I'll be answering all these now!

  15. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I love the idea of what we're going to take with us and what we're going to leave behind. Always a technique I love to use to help me move forward!

  16. Really nicely worded ☺️ Also love the image above - very aesthetic

  17. I find it really useful to write down what we have achieved this year and the plans for the new one. It is a good way to appreciate our hard work!(:

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  18. I love the idea of looking back over the year to see what happened, what you achieved etc

    I try to not make resolutions as they are so temporary but this post could change that x

  19. This is such a great way to reflect and set goals at the same time. I feel like most people set goals at the start of the year but then never think about how to get there or the obstacles that have stopped it happening already. So important to look back x


  20. I love that you suggest looking back at 2019. I've been so focused on looking forward that I wouldn't have taken to hard a look at this year.
    Great read! Thank you so much for sharing

  21. This is definitely what we need to do to end the year! We need to look forward but at the same time, we have to look back, reflect and improve ourselves. Great reminder for me to spare a day and just work on making 2020 a better year by asking myself these questions. Thank you for sharing!


  22. This is great advice! I really want 2020 to be my most successful blogging year

  23. Thank you for sharing this! I really want to take my blog to the next level in the new year and this has been so helpful 😊

  24. I love the idea of taking learning opportunities from 2019 and applying it in 2020. I agree with all of these questions to consider. I know I want to improve in 2020 - thanks for sharing these prompts!

    Nancy ♥


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