Thank goodness we’re done with 2020! It’s a new year and we can start over. Maybe you’ve been thinking about all the things you wish you would have done last year. Maybe you’re pondering what you want to tackle this year. Wherever you are on your journey, setting attainable goals can help you achieve them.
There are many ways to set attainable goals for 2021 that can help you actually finish what you set out to do. Let’s take a look at some types of goals you may be interested in pursuing.
- Health and fitness goals are intended to keep you alive, healthy, and active. They can be physical or mental goals.
- Career goals are your roadmap to achieving a more productive professional life. Getting a new degree, getting a promotion, and improving job performance are examples.
- Business goals may include growth-oriented metrics, entering new markets, or introducing new products.
- Financial goals include creating (and sticking to) a budget, saving a certain amount each month, paying off debt, and more.
- Personal goals help us become better versions of ourselves. Set a goal to read a book each month, wake up a little earlier each day, or develop a positive habit.
- Family goals are especially important for balance and well-being. A weekly or monthly time set aside for a certain activity, a daily family devotion or meditation, or volunteering to do chores for other family members are examples. These are about building relationships.
Choose SMART goals
Regardless of which goal(s) you choose, the key is to choose goals that are SMART:
Specific: Your goal should tie into a desired result, otherwise you may not do it. Vague goals can feel overwhelming. For example, a goal of running more is not as easy to achieve as a goal of running one mile without stopping.
Measurable: It’s difficult to know when your goal is achieved if you can’t measure it. “I’m going to lose weight” is not as good as “I’m going to lose 15 pounds by next June.”
Attainable: Remember to base your goal in reality. As you get older, you may not be able to do all of the things you did when you were younger. Set yourself up for success by choosing a goal that is reasonable.
Relevant: Don’t set a goal just to have a goal. If a goal doesn’t have a purpose, you won’t stick with it. Learning a new language is great … but learning a new language so you can visit a new country is better.
Time-bound: Is your goal for now or later? Can you complete it in the time you have? Make sure you give yourself adequate time to complete your goal. Once you set a reasonable deadline, stick to it.
Sometimes, there are obstacles, challenges, or doubts. These barriers can make achieving your goal more difficult. When they happen, change your approach. If a goal is too big, break it up into smaller ones. Nobody says your goal can’t be modified midstream, or even abandoned in favor of a better goal. And if a goal is keeping you from being successful, dump it.
Keep tabs on your progress. Set up daily or weekly reminders. Ask a friend or family member to check on you. If you have a fitness goal, for example, you might even want to recruit a workout buddy to improve your odds of achieving that goal. Once you are accountable to someone else, you will likely be more diligent about your goal. Speaking of fitness goals, remember that WPS Health Insurance customers have access to money-saving programs to hit the gym for less.
When you achieve milestones toward your goal, or complete the goal itself, reward yourself! If you’re running, get new running shoes. If you’re painting, get new art supplies. Positive reinforcement is a powerful way to keep yourself motivated.
If you’re still pondering which goals you want to tackle this year, maybe talking to your kids about goals might help give you some ideas to get started. Good Housekeeping offers the 56 Best New Year’s Resolution Ideas. Parade offers 55 New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s wishing you a happy 2021 where you set and achieve your goals!
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