2020 didn’t quite go to plan, did it?


And sadly, that’s been the case for most people around the world – we’ve all been forced to set our goals aside and put our lives on hold.

However, one thing the past year has given us is a chance to know ourselves better and grow as a global community. 

And that presents you with an unmissable opportunity – to take what you’ve learned and absolutely crush the coming year!

In this article, we’re going to cover 4 steps you need to take to make 2021 your year. 

Read on to find out more.

 

1. Set clear goals

What do you want to achieve in 2021? 


Whether it’s losing a little weight, eating healthier or even shooting for that promotion you’ve had your eyes on at work, now’s the time to start thinking about it.

If you want to make sure you stick to your 2021 goals, you need to plan them out, and the best way we’ve found to make this happen is by breaking them down month by month

Looking to exercise each morning before work? Focus on that for January. Keen to read more before bed? Work on it in February – and so on. By homing-in on specific goals each month, you’ll form habits that’ll make them much easier to stick to.

 

2. Hold yourself accountable

 

Nobody else is keeping tabs on you, so you need to stay accountable to yourself. Write down the reasons you set your goals in the first place, and track your progress as you work towards them

By doing this, you’ll keep yourself grounded and focused on the finish line. On top of this, we’re all human. By having your reasons for starting easily accessible, as well as a record of how far you’ve come, you’ll make it easier to maintain motivation when it inevitably starts to dip.


3. Focus on what you can change

For a lot of us, stress has been one of the defining factors of 2020. In 2021, let’s take back control of our mental health! 

Start to filter problems and situations you face into two categories:

  1. Things you can do something about
  2. Things you can’t

 

If something comes under category 1, such as getting in trouble for being late for work, make a plan to prevent it from happening again.

If something comes under category 2, such as illness, don’t fixate on it. By focusing energy on the things you can change and letting go of the things you can’t, you’ll find yourself managing stress far more effectively than before.

 

4. Don’t be hard on yourself!

2020 has been a tough year, but just because you didn’t achieve everything you wanted to, that doesn’t mean you have to lump all of those goals into 2021, too. Give yourself a break and room to breathe.  

Success isn’t defined by lack of failure. It’s defined by not letting those failures get the better of you. 

So, if you’ve set a target to lose 10lbs but only manage 5, don’t be too hard on yourself – if you’re moving forward, you’re making progress!