At the beginning of the new year, it’s super easy to stay true to those resolutions you set. However, as time goes on, it becomes harder and harder to stick true to those goals. If you are really wanting 2021 to be a chance to become a “new you,” here are some tips and tricks to help you with your goal-setting.
Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Instead of just setting a broad and generic goal, break it down into smaller steps and actions. In short, make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal. The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. Using this method of goal-setting will help give you a clear path to achieving that new and improved you.
Stay True to Yourself
One of the best things you can do when thinking about what you want to improve is taking a good look at what you want from yourself and the future. Are you wanting to focus more on your health in 2021? To learn a new hobby or devote more time and skill to an existing one? Is there a bad habit that you really want to break? Whatever it is that you are passionate about or interested in, stay true to that. You’re more likely to continue striving toward a goal when it excites you.
Whether you would rather keep track of your journey via a journal or by having someone encouraging you to continue, accountability is key. Writing down your goals and the steps to achieving them will help your brain visualize and cement what you are working towards. You should also ask a family member or close friend to check in on you from time-to-time and give you feedback/criticism/encouragement.
Give Yourself Breaks (and Grace)
You’re human – you’re going to stumble as you head towards your goal and there are times when you are not going to feel like it or you feel too busy or stressed out. That’s OK. No one is perfect! If you are going full-speed all the time, you’re going to burn out. Build in times or days when you can celebrate and take a break from your goals. This will also have the added effect of allowing you to take a breath, step back, and recharge your batteries (and your energy) for when you start back on your goal journey once more.