Whether you’re someone who thinks new year resolutions are pointless, or you spend the month of January using the hashtag #NewYearNewMe on the bulk of your social media posts, we can all agree that 2021 is ushering in new hope and a strong desire for a fresh start. Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure this year’s resolutions become achievable.
Write It Down
We’re living through a moment where we have more distractions at home, yet more opportunity to sit alone with our thoughts. Now more than ever, it’s important to be clear about what you would like to achieve. Getting those swirling ideas out of your mind and on to paper will provide some much-needed perspective and clarity on what would make 2021 a personal success for you. Don’t stop with just writing down your goals, pin them on the refrigerator, keep them by your bedside, or tape them to your desk. Placing them in a high-traffic area of your home or workspace will help keep them top of mind, and a top priority.
Develop A Systematic Approach
In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear states “you don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.” He goes on to explain that the goal is what you would like to achieve, but the system is how you would achieve it. It’s not enough to set a goal; it’s the continual commitment to, review, and refinement of a system that ensures you achieve your goals. As you’re writing them down, include a few action steps you will take, either daily, monthly, or quarterly, to turn your goals into accomplishments.
Track Progress Along the Way
Every step taken gets you closer to your destination. Tracking your progress, whether it be pounds lost or dollars saved, creates visual milestones that help you see how far you’ve come and what you still need to do to officially achieve your goal. For most fulfilling results, don’t neglect the goal once you achieve it. Reflect on the effort you put in, the personal growth you experienced during the process, and what could come next to keep you on track with living your best life.
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