We're Seriously Committing to Our 2021 Goals, Here's How You Can Too
New year, same resolutions? You're not alone.
If your 2021 goals are looking a lot like your 2020 goals, you're not alone. Only one-third of people who made New Year’s resolutions accomplished all their goals this year. That’s because creating new habits takes time, energy, and is much easier said than done. Whether your goal is financial, mental, or health-related, these are some simple steps you can take to set and actually accomplish your 2021 goals—hint, rewarding yourself is one of them.
Set Small Goals That Are Attainable
We’re not saying don’t dream big, we’re saying dream smart. Quitting smoking or getting clear skin are great aspirations, but the bigger the goal is, the harder it is to achieve. The first step to successfully achieving any goal is to break it down into something small that you’ll be more likely to achieve. If, for instance, one of your 2021 goals is to improve your skin, a great place to start is to commit to drinking more water. The goal might seem small, but it’s realistic and will essentially help you achieve your long-term goal of healthier skin.
Set Specific Goals That Are Easily Measurable
Every goal has a specific standard to which it is held in order to determine its success. The more specific you are with your goals, the easier it is to track progress and focus on what is needed in order to succeed. A useful method to measuring goals is Measuring Backward vs Measuring Forward. Let's stick to drinking more water to improve your skin. If you drank 3 glasses a day for a week, use that backward measurement to motivate your week ahead: increase your water intake to 4 glasses a day as your forward measurement. If your goal is to spend less time on social media, decrease your time by 15 minutes each week. A little will go a long way.
Write Out Your Goals
It might sound like a cliché but as it turns out, writing your goals on paper is actually scientifically associated with goal succession. It’s reported that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Why? Seeing your goals on paper reaffirms them in your mind and gives your brain something tangible to look at, not to mention the satisfaction we get from crossing things off our list! Grab your favorite planner and get busy with those 2021 goals.
Have an “If-Then” Plan
Sometimes you can do everything right and something can still go wrong. In other words, sh** happens. Prepare yourself for life spontaneity with “what-if” plans for all possible obstacles that might stand in the way of you and your goal. This is a major life-hack and can be easily used by following the formula “if X happens, I will do Y”. Let’s say your 2021 goal is to wear SPF every day, but you forgot to apply it in the morning before work. Your “if-then” can be to apply SPF once you get home instead. How you choose to answer what you will do for THEN, when the IF happens will determine your success or failure.
Celebrate Small Wins
Often times when focusing on the endgame, we forget to celebrate the important milestones that got us through the journey. Rewarding small accomplishments are important to staying motivated and help push us to accomplish goals to our full potential. If you goal is to lose 10 pounds, celebrate at the 5-pound mark over a nice dinner with friends. If your goal is to express yourself on paper more, treat yourself to a new journal. This, admittedly, is our favorite step in the goal-making processes.
Share your 2021 goals and how you plan to achieve them in the comments below!