How to set your goals for 2021

Most people love a fresh start and there’s nothing quite like the start of a New Year to kick off some good habits or think about what you want to achieve in 2021. And this …

Most people love a fresh start and there’s nothing quite like the start of a New Year to kick off some good habits or think about what you want to achieve in 2021. And this year, more than ever, we’re sure many of you will want to get out there, so to speak, and embrace all the things this year may bring. But we might also need a little helping hand to shape those goals – and that’s where we come in. Check out our top tips below.

Firstly, let’s take a look at why setting goals is important. A goal is a vision of something you want to achieve either short or long term. They give us focus, purpose and help keep us moving forward in life, as well as providing us with something to measure our progress against. But they don’t have to be overwhelming, read on to find out how to set the perfect goals.

Be specific

Having a clear goal in mind is important because if it’s too vague, it’s often harder to measure progress against or, in fact, achieve. It’s even been said that by setting and achieving small goals as part of a bigger plan can help the levels of dopamine flow regularly, helping our mental health.

So be sure to set goals that are clearly defined and have an end date. For example, if you’re looking to shift those extra pounds put on at Christmas, set a time frame on when you’d like to lose it by, rather than having it open ended. As we said, it will help focus and motivate you.

Break it down into manageable steps

Even your biggest dreams and aspirations will need a plan on how to get there. Afterall, point A to point B is rarely a straight line. It’s easy for things to get in the way, things to distract us from achieve those big wins. But mapping out smaller steps to help you get there will keep you motivated and your end goals isn’t going to look so daunting or unachievable.

Write them down

Whether you jot your goals down on a bit of paper and stick them to the front of the fridge, or put them in a diary, make sure it’s somewhere you will see them often. One of our top tips is to get yourself a journal or list maker and sit down every Sunday evening to plan out your goals for the week ahead.

Make sure that some of these weekly goals or activities are helping you achieve those bigger aspirations. For example, if your number one goal for 2021 is to be able to run 10K in under an hour – your weekly checklist will help you get there – simply chunk it out into something like “run 3 times this week”. Even if they are short runs, it’ll help you get fitter than not doing it at all. Again, remember to be specific including time or distance of run.

A weekly review will help track progress, help you reflect on the previous week and get motivated for the week ahead. And for those of you a little bit more tech-savvy, “there’s always an app for that”. Check out a whole host of organisational apps on the Appstore or Playstore.

Visualise those end results

It has also been said, that those that visualise themselves achieving their goals, are more likely to succeed, because it starts to rewire your thinking, putting past habits and belief systems behind you. One way to help with this is creating a vision board. You can take cuttings or old photos to create a collage of things that represent you achieving your goals. Again, we recommend putting this somewhere you’ll pass it every day – perhaps the kitchen or hallway near the front door.