The day we all have been waiting for is finally here. It’s time to say goodbye and farewell to “2020”!! Yes, 2020 may have been a year where your goals got sidelined. It’s okay to acknowledge that things didn’t go so well. The point is not to stay in that negative space. Goal setting for 2021 is just what we all need to do!
2021 is fresh and new and yes it’s time to give some thought to the next 365 days. While COVID19 restrictions may not have changed yet, they will! There is hope in the new year. Having goals creates a sense that you have choice in your life.
We need focus and goal setting provides a positive outlet so that we aren’t simply wandering through each day or week with no real end in mind. Setting goals that stretch us and call us to action are crucial to our mental and physical health.
It’s time to take a look at where you’ve been and where you want to go. What goals do you want to achieve in 2021? Some worthy topics for thought are: personal growth, health, finances, learning new skills, and spiritual growth. All of these areas can be the starting point for goal setting.
Tips for Goal Setting
1. Be Specific
Vague or broad goals are not achievable. Those kinds of goals will only leave you feeling defeated. Be very specific with your goals. You can’t just say “I want to exercise more.” But you can say “I want to walk 30 minutes at lunch Monday through Friday.” That is a very specific goal.
2. Goals Must Be Measurable
Any goal must be measured. How can you recognize your progress if you can’t track it. Set up daily and weekly means by which you can track your progress. Oh yeah, it’s okay to “miss the mark”. Simply pick up where you are and get back on the routine.
3. Set A Time Limit
A goal with no end in sight can feel overwhelming. Create a deadline for your goals. Doing this will allow you to create a plan of action and measure your progress. This is the best way reach the end result and fulfill your goal.
4. Write It Down
Writing down your goals creates a mental commitment in your mind. It also gives you a visual that you can look at each day. Seeing your goals before you will help you stay motivated and follow through.
If you are having a little trouble getting started, then here are some ideas for 2021 goal setting:
- Begin a new devotion or church group
- Eat veggies with dinner each night
- Drink X amount of water each day
- Read books or take courses to improve your work skills
- Set a budget and save $X amount each month
- Pursue deeper connection with friends through texts, calls and visits
Always remember that life will throw you a few curves. Don’t let a few “hiccups” get you frustrated and wanting to give up. Stay the course. Get back on it by pursuing your goals. Your daily habits over time will take you to your desired success.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!