How to Take Your Life to the Next Level in One Year

6 Steps to implement over the next 12 months

Jack Krier
5 min readJan 8, 2022


Photo by Atikh Bana on Unsplash

This year is gonna be my year.

Many people make grand plans before the new year, but they fail to follow through.

There are many reasons for that. Some people lack the self-discipline to take on long-term challenges, while others simply bite off more than they can chew.

Changing your life in one year is not sorcery, but you’ll need a lot of effort. In that same vein, you need to be willing to make sacrifices and stand up when you inevitably fall down.

It’s not about becoming perfect. It’s about improving your life in various areas and becoming the best possible today-plus-one-year version of yourself.

On this basis, here are six steps to take your life to the next level in one year.

Define and live according to your priorities

The first step toward changing your life in one year is to know why and how you want to change it.

Everybody wants a summer body and more money, but these ideas are too abstract. What we need is a clear set of priorities.

In this context, the best way to define personal priorities is to start with values.

What are my cardinal values in life?

Some people value stability and family over everything else. Others put more emphasis on adventure and entrepreneurship.

Once your values are clear, you can attach more concrete priorities to them.

If, for example, your values include freedom and adventure, you might not want to take a job that provides none of those.

Values spawn priorities, and these priorities later engender daily habits.

In simple terms, ask yourself how your actions over the next 24 hours correspond to the long-term priorities that you defined according to personal values.

Set ambitious but realistic goals

Next, set objectives according to your priorities.



Jack Krier

Writer. Photographer. Nomad. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth | All of my links: