This year wasn’t exactly the most motivating year.
We’ve been stuck inside, separated from the people we love and, if your year’s been anything like mine, you’ve probably hit about none of the goals you set for yourself when you were excited about the potential of the new year.
It’s easy to wonder if it’s even worth it to set out goals for this year. Especially considering you’re not sure what ups and downs you’ll face this year.
So, should you even bother setting personal goals this year? Yes, you still should! We might all just need to go a bit easier on ourselves this year.
Pick Small Goals
I like to dream and do big but I’m slowly learning that winning is really in the small details. There’s nothing wrong with accomplishing small, measurable goals instead of going all-out.
Maybe you want to make a little extra side cash instead of fulfilling your dream to own a yacht, this year anyway. It’s Ok—and often better—to focus on small things you can fulfil, that way you don’t risk being demotivated when they sometimes take a little too long to accomplish.
Focus on Self-Care
Your goals don’t all have to face outwards, like getting that promotion or starting a new business. It’s definitely OK to turn your eyes towards yourself and focus on yourself.
This could be a particularly good way to go about goal planning this year, considering the stressful experience we’ve had in 2020. Instead of making big plans, try for smaller personally focused goals.
You could try learning a new language or pick up a new hobby like playing the guitar. Or it could be something like learning to cook from scratch or paring your things down and starting a bit of a minimalist lifestyle for yourself.
Take Them in Strides
If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s to go WAY easier on myself.
Things happen that we have no control of and they can throw us off track but that doesn’t mean we’re failing. It means we’re human beings.
While I do think it’s important to track your goals, I also think it’s important to understand that you don’t always win. You won’t always succeed on the first go-around. And that’s OK. It’s also important to remember that it’s OK if your goals change over time.
So, take your goal planning in strides. Don’t plan to fail but be prepared to forgive yourself if this next year is a bit tougher than some of the rest. Be kind to yourself, and maybe even give yourself a little extra leeway and time to finish what you started.
Are you still planning on goal planning for 2021? Any great tips and tricks to share? Throw them in the comments below!
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