Is it a cliché to have New Year Goals?

It is a bit of a cliché to have New Year resolutions. I prefer to call them New Year goals.  For many people these are based around exercise, losing weight or having a better diet.  In themselves I have no problem with them but feel that New Years goal New Year goals that you set at the start of the year should get you excited and make you also feel a little uncomfortable (maybe a little concerned that you are stating something that you might not be able to achieve) rather than being some trite new fad in your life that will be drained of all your initial energy and enthusiasm by valentine’s day!  So for me I’m going to set myself some fairly challenging goals for the year ahead I’ll share these with you and also I’ll share with you the successes that I’ve had over the past 12 months.  There is no cliché about the type of New Year goals that I plan to set as I’m determined to be as focused on the 1st January as I will be on the 31st December.

2012 for me will be about establishing this blog as a go to place for small to medium sized businesses that want to enhance their exposure on the internet.  Whilst other markets are suffering the internet is well and truly coming of age.  If we get our positioning correct and get our messages in front of sufficient people, who want what we can offer, then the world is literally our oyster.  So here are my New Year goals for 2012:

  • I want to get ranked in the top 100,000 of all internet sites (currently ranked by as 966,525) by the 31st December 2012
  • I want to get ranked as the #1 site in my home town (Harrogate, UK) – (currently ranked by as #86 in Harrogate) by 31st December 2012
  • I want to increase my web traffic from 7,000 visitors per month to 21,000 visitors per month by the 31st December 2012
  • I want to have attracted over 500 subscribers to my free e-course per month by 30th July 2012
  • I want to have coached at least 12 new coaching clients, who have all made significant measureable improvements in their online businesses by 31st December 2012

In terms of my New Year goals for 2011 I did make some significant in-roads into achieving my goals.  I wanted to get ranked by in the top 500,000 sites worldwide.  I managed 966,525 from a position of about 3,000,000 a year earlier.  I managed to get over 60 subscribers in one week (using free marketing methods) and one blog post went viral making my first week in September 2011 one to remember for this site!  And lastly my aim for 2011 was to attract 100,000 visitors to my blog and I managed to attract almost 62,000 visitors.

So all in all a good year of building up traffic and building up my reputation as a credible internet marketing coach – who is willing to share his secrets!  Whilst I did not achieve my exact New Year goals for 2011 what I did manage to do was to set some goals, I monitored them on a weekly basis and at every step of the way I knew exactly how far away from achieving my goals.  I made sure that each of my goals were measurable goals that would help steer my internet marketing blog to the next level.

I have written several articles on goal setting for success and how to conquer nasty barriers to your goals so please feel free to delve deeper into this site.  I wish you all the best with achieving your New Year goals for 2012.

To Your Success in 2012!
Howard Clemence
Professional Internet Marketing Coach

Author of How You Can Generate 50-100 Leads Per Day

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