How to act on the goals you set
The new year is almost here and like clockwork, we begin to set goals to make this year better than the last.
I don’t want to be a negative Nancy, but often our goals slip through our fingers before we get started. I believe it’s because we often set broad New Year’s goals and we don’t know where to start.
I get it! I do it all the time – say I’m going to do one thing but forget by lunch that I made the promise to myself.
If you notice that pattern, pump the breaks and put more focus into the plan and prep work.
Five Tips for Accomplishing Your 2021 Goals:
- 1 Define what you want
Take some time to define what you want this year. If your goal is to floss more, what does “more” mean? Everyday? Every other day? Make your goals clear and easy to define.
2. Make a plan
Don’t just say it, do it! Small actions every day will create a big impact by the end of the year. Say you want to read 30 books this year, set time in your schedule to read every day. Make it a priority by creating a reading appointment on your calendar. Calculate how many pages per week you need to read to achieve your goal and start there. Make a list of the books you’re interested in so you’re not wasting time trying to decide later. Put thought into how you can make your goals manageable. It will push you closer to success.
3. Say it out loud
A goal is much harder to forget once you’ve told someone about it, especially someone who will hold you accountable. Accountability is the key to success. When things get hard, lean on your partner! Talk about the challenges you’re facing and brainstorm how you can overcome them. If you are vulnerable enough to share it with others, you will see greater success.
4. Visualize your life
This is one of my favourite steps. People often suggest you visualize how you’ll feel when you complete this goal, but I want you to do the opposite. Visualize how your life would look if you don’t accomplish your goal. How do you feel? Same as you do right now? The vision of your life when you don’t complete the goal helps you see if you want it and pushes you in the right direction.
5. Get it done
If 2020 taught us one thing it’s that the world will throw you a curveball. Goals take time and you will need to continually adjust as things change around you. Growth doesn’t happen overnight so don’t give up when you’re not a millionaire by January 31st. Keep showing up for your goals and use your plan to get closer every day.
If you’re looking for a book to help push you in the right direction for 2021, check out:
The Compound Effect by Darrin Hardy
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
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Author: Jessica Clerke, BPR, is an associate editor with HUM@Nmedia, coach and digital marketer with a passion for delicious food and all things health and wellness.