Making Simple New Year’s Goals for 2021
December 8, 2020
Every January, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to get a fresh start. But by February, a good number have given up on that goal. What is the key to avoiding this trap? While we all want instant gratification, it’s smarter to live by the mantra “Slow and steady wins the race.” Here are a few rules to keep in mind when dreaming up goals for 2021:
Keep Goals Simple
Trying to change more than one thing at once is a recipe for failure. It’s easier to pick one goal and stick to it. Think about the habit or the area of your life you most want to change and commit to changing it. Write down your goal, but make sure it is concrete, specific and meaningful.
Plan Each Step
Make sure your goal is quantifiable to track progress or success and create deadlines for yourself. For example, if your goal is to incorporate more movement into your everyday life, take a walk once a week and use a FitBit watch, add an app to your smartphone, or just jot notes in a small notebook to record your progress.
Prepare for Success
Make sure you have all the resources you need to move forward. It’s a good idea to research what you may need to help accomplish your goal, whether you want to take up exercise or eat healthier. You can use self-help books that you think will motivate you or create a simple motivational card to keep handy for extra reinforcement when you need it.
Try to anticipate any potential issues or triggers that might interfere with accomplishing your goal, like specific times of day where it is harder to remain focused, or unhelpful people you encounter who may hold you back. If you identify your triggers, you’ll know how to avoid them. And if you do encounter a problem, reach out and talk to a friend. Even better, someone who has achieved your goal themselves.
Reward yourself for hitting small goals on your timeline. Then keep going. Small rewards are best for getting through the first few days of change, but you can also continue to reward yourself weekly and monthly. Just make sure that the rewards you’re giving yourself don’t counteract your goal; for example, if you want to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with ice cream.
Remember, when it comes to New Year’s goals, work on implementing small adjustments as part of a regular lifestyle change, rather than trying to make one big sudden shift. From all of us here at The Lodge at Greeley, we wish you Happy Holidays and much success with your 2021 New Year’s resolutions!