It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas – the New Year is here! January is the time of fresh starts and big dreams for the future. Unfortunately, most people set their sights too high and are disappointed when they haven’t accomplished what they set out to do. Here are some tips you can follow to achieve your goals in 2021:
While that might seem unproductive, it can be helpful to break down a goal into segments that you can achieve throughout the year. For example, instead of saying you’ll lose 30 lbs. by the end of the year, break it down into lbs. It’s much less overwhelming to think of losing 3.5 lbs. per month, and you’re more likely to stick to your goal!
Change One Behavior at a Time
It’s not realistic to expect yourself to change overnight. Old habits die hard, and yours are going to take time to disappear. Focus on small changes that make a bigger difference. For example, if you love to eat late into the evening hours. Try preparing healthy snacks ahead of time. Then, when the midnight munchies call, you won’t be tempted to indulge in something unhealthy.
Talk About Your Goals
It’s no secret that accountability is key. Let your family and friends know what you are trying to achieve. Ask them to check-in on you periodically. Accountability, or lack thereof, can make or break your New Year’s goals. Some goals can be relatable on a group level, so consider joining a workout class at your gym or a networking group for professionals in your field. Any opportunity to keep you on track is worth it!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
You wake up and are too tired to hit the gym. You don’t finish your book of the week. You forget your weekly call with a friend. It’s inevitable that you’ll disappoint yourself and others. Remember that perfection is completely unattainable. Every road has potholes and detours, but you can always get back in your car and keep going. Give yourself a break and get back on track the next day!
Ask for Support
If you keep hitting a wall with your goals and aren’t sure how to succeed, consider reaching out to those around you. The people that care about your will champion you to be your best self and push past the obstacles. However, if that doesn’t work, consider talking to a professional. Consider a life coach or therapist to help you understand the path to reaching your unique goals.
If education is a goal of yours in 2021, consider one of our programs at Community Care College, Clary Sage College, or Oklahoma Technical College. In a year, you could have your degree and a whole new career. Your 2022 self will thank you.