Now that we’re a week into 2021, and the dust has (mostly) settled from the flurry of activity that is the holiday season, let’s talk about those resolutions! While resolutions get a bit of shade from some people as being unrealistic and unattainable, studies prove that setting goals works if you really want to achieve something. There are a few tricks that can help you reach your 2021 goals that we want to share with you. Whether it is losing weight, being able to run a 5k, or getting a job promotion, give these tips a try and you’ll be surprised by your own success.
- Write Down Your Objectives
Usually known as implementation plans, jotting down your objectives will serve to strengthen the relevance and significance of your goals. If it is a weight loss target, be specific…how much do you want to lose? Every year, you might promise yourself you’ll focus on dropping some weight and staying in shape. However, if you do not write it down and then monitor your efforts with a simple paper and pen, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. This simple trick could explain the gap between merely expressing your weight loss objectives and achieving it. Purchase a nice notepad or planner, one that you can carry with you throughout the day, and then jot down your objectives and feelings there. Please put it at a place where you can see it as an inspiring reminder every day. Think of it as a diary about your goals, and use it to express your daily struggles and victories.
- Set Realistic and Concrete Targets
It is easy to make a long list of targets you want to hit. Exercising five days a week, started dieting, attending yoga sessions, meditating two times per week, and adding multi-vitamins to your diet are typical examples. The hardest part is bringing these into practice and achieving the targets. Relax and devote your energy as well as attention to one objective at the moment rather than trying to balance five goals simultaneously and driving yourself crazy. You need to be realistic and specific…this is the place where you take baby steps. It will be simpler and more effective to achieve one objective at a time rather than trying to tackle loads of targets every week. Once you make progress, then you can start adding new items.
- Split It Up in Order to Achieve It
Once you’ve noted down your health and fitness targets on paper and chosen which objectives you’ll focus upon initially, it’s time that you split your target and divide it into little, more achievable parts. For example, consider setting a big target of losing 20 pounds (here’s some motivation). Now, divide it by a week or moth, and break it down into segments. Losing 1 pound a week or 5 pounds a month will feel less intimidating and more manageable. If your target is only to shed 20 pounds per year, for instance, then think of it as a resolution to lose 2 pounds per month.
- Save One Day For Yourself
It’s no wonder that it can be frustrating and challenging to consistently adhere to your fitness and diet plans, particularly when life might not be flowing the way you want. Remember to save at least one day for yourself every week. Consider what keeps you satisfied and lightens your burdens. Perhaps it is volunteer work, time with your best friend, a walk outdoors, spending time with your faith community, playing music, or reading. Where do you find peace? Make some time every week to enjoy whatever gives you peace. It will help you push through the ‘sticking points’ that sometimes come with setting yearly goals by freeing your mind to prepare for the task ahead.
As ever, we wish you all the best for this new chapter and new year of life ahead. Let these tips sink in and please consider sharing this on your social media so that your friends can be encouraged to achieve their best this year as well.