5 Things You Need to Consider If You Want to Have An Exceptional Year

How You Can Set Yourself Up for More Success By Making Simple Adjustments

Neel Raman
5 min readJan 4, 2022


Rather than hoping to have an exceptional year, you can set yourself up for more success if you make a few simple adjustments.

Having a desire to improve personally and professionally often drives your decisions.

It’s useful to know what to consider if you want to have an exceptional year and how it can benefit others.

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What Does It Mean to Have An Exceptional Year?

An exceptional year is one where you have accomplished what you set out to at the start of the year and even surpassed your expectations.

It’s when you grow as a person, which causes you to elevate your performance and achievements to a much higher level.

To have an exceptional year does not mean working yourself to the ground or experiencing more stress or problems.

It’s about reaching the outcomes you want without worrying about what you’re doing or how you’re going to get to where you want to be.

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Why Focus on Having An Exceptional Year?

It’s valuable to focus on having an exceptional year because you will:

  • Stretch and take bigger risks.
  • Make the most of each day.
  • Become the person capable of reaching new levels of success.
  • Use your time intelligently.
  • Have better mental, emotional, and physical health.

The benefits of having an exceptional year include:

  • You will deal with challenges better than you have before.
  • You won’t focus on what you’re missing out on.
  • You will have greater clarity and focus.
  • You will increase your self-confidence.
  • You will generate more happiness.
  • You will inspire others to improve.
  • You will have a better attitude and outlook on life.

Examples of Having An Exceptional Year

Examples of having an exceptional year include:

  • Getting a promotion at work that you have been working towards.
  • Pursuing a big dream you have been putting off.
  • Attaining a qualification that will help you achieve the success you want faster.
  • Improving your financial situation.
  • Ending a relationship that’s no longer serving you.
  • Winning awards or being recognised for what you do.
  • Starting a business venture.
  • Getting in the best shape of your life.
  • Moving to another city or country.
  • Achieving things on your bucket list.

5 Things You Need to Know If You Want to Have An Exceptional Year

Here are five things you need to know if you want to have an exceptional year, so you can set yourself up for more success and win.

  1. What got you here won’t get you to where you want to be. To achieve new results requires a different attitude. This means you will need to better manage your mental and emotional states, which will affect the actions you take. Always remember, if you don’t change anything internally first, nothing externally will change.
  2. Your problems are often gifts in disguise. You will experience disappointments and failures as you set bigger goals or take new actions. Whenever you face a problem, it’s an invitation to pause and review what’s going on for you or what you’re doing. When you give yourself time to reflect, you will always come up with a solution that will lead to a better outcome.
  3. Do not go at it alone if you want to go further. While you can achieve tremendous success on your own, you will go much further if you have success partners or a community to support you. This will cause you to get out of your own way and ask for help when needed. It will also make the journey to success more enjoyable.
  4. Forget perfection, but settle for excellence. Perfection implies something cannot be improved, which is not accurate. You can always do things better. Instead of focusing on getting to perfection, identify what will meet your standards, knowing the improvement process will never end.
  5. Keep track of your progress. You can only accurately know how you’re doing if you have milestones along the way and track your progress. If you capture what’s working and how you can improve, you will give yourself a much better chance of succeeding.

Steps You Can Take to Have An Exceptional Year

To have an exceptional year, here are steps you can take to get started.

  1. Make your health and wellness, and your self-care a priority.
  2. Be mindful of how you use your time.
  3. Spend time with people who will support you and lift you up.
  4. Continue to improve your skills.
  5. Eliminate unproductive habits.
  6. Question your beliefs, especially any self-doubt you may have.
  7. Practice gratitude daily so you can stay in a positive frame of mind.
  8. Know this is your journey, so it’s pointless comparing yourself to others.

Final Thoughts

Your definition of an exceptional year will differ from others, which is great. This means you only need to focus on things you can do to reach your goals.

Once you know you can have an exceptional year, you will have the confidence to do that every year, which means you will continue to improve your life.

Action Step: Identify what having an exceptional year means to you and what it will look like. Choose the first thing you would like to focus to give yourself the best chance of having an exceptional year.

Question: What are other things you need to consider if you want to have an exceptional year?

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