Forget New Year’s Resolutions like “losing weight” and “eating less junk food”
In this blog post we discuss how to create and stick to meaningful goals for 2021, that will in turn help create positive change in your life.
Determining your goals
Understanding what you want to change about this year is a good place to start when determining your goals for the new year - [global pandemic aside] what would you change about this year?
Keep in mind, the goals you set don’t need to be huge, they can be as simple as:
- Swear less
- Say ‘no’ more often
- Wake up an hour earlier each day
If you’re stuck on the generic weight loss / quitting related goals, delve deeper - think about things that have contributed to, or caused, negativity for yourself personally this last year. Or even things you regret.
The goals you set yourself should strive to make positive change in your life or get you closer to a lifelong goal. For example:
- Save for a house
- Live 100% waste free
- Be a successful [insert dream career]
Be patient with yourself too, it’s not all going to come to you at once - this isn’t about making quick decisions, it’s about taking the time to understand what the right decision is.
Once you have your list, it’s time to redefine your goals.
Redefining your goals
Your list is bound to include a few generalised goals - things that are broad or vague and don’t contain a lot of detail.
One of the most important aspects of goal setting, is the way you define them - A vague goal is not going to spark an emotional response, and if you’re not emotionally connected to achieving your goal now, you definitely won’t be interested in achieving your goal in 6 months time!
Be specific with what you want - if your goal is to quit smoking, don’t just say:
“I want to quit smoking”
“I want to quit smoking so I can be here to watch my grandchildren grow up” OR “I want to quit smoking and save over $2,500 a year”
You need to have an emotional connection to your goal, otherwise it’s just not going to stick!
Once you’ve redefined your goals, it’s time to bring them to life.
Bring your goals to life
So you’ve got a list of all these goals you want to achieve in the new year - how do you make them a reality?
Start by writing your goals down somewhere you will see them often - on the fridge, your desk, your car (the more places you can see it, the better!)
You want it to grab attention every time you see it - try to incorporate colours, like our Procrastinate Set, or a scrapbooking-style format.
Next, turn your goals into personal mantras.
When chanting a mantra your brain is forced to make a connection to what you are saying, it helps to affirm a positive outcome and keeps you focused on achieving your goal.
A few more ways you can bring your goals to life include:
- Creating a vision board / Pinterest board
- Journal your reason for wanting to incorporate this goal into your life - how is going to positively affect your life?
How to make your goals stick
Goals we set for ourselves are rarely achieved overnight - they require serious change, support, determination and a decent amount of planning.
It’s easy to slack off when you have no one cheering you on, so find somebody who can hold you accountable - this can be someone who shares a common goal or someone who you trust, like a friend or partner.
You can’t save for a house overnight, so don’t put pressure on yourself to achieve your goals within an unrealistic time frame. Break your goal down into smaller steps.
Instead of saying ‘Let’s save $20,000 in 12 months’, break it down to ‘Let’s save an extra $50 a week for 24 months’ - when you are specific about what you want, you maintain the motivation to achieve the goal!
The most important way to make your goals stick is to PLAN PLAN PLAN. Grab a notepad and start breaking the goal down into steps.
When you plan ahead, you are allowing yourself to be in control of a situation and you can determine what’s to come.
People fail to achieve their goals because they’re unprepared and they feel pressure to return to their old habits because it’s what they’re comfortable with - It’s what they know.
Achieving goals is hard work, it’s a long and often tedious process - but the first step is believing in yourself and wanting to create change for YOU
If you’re unsure where to start, check out our blog post on Making Habits That Stick