With 2021 right around the corner, we’re ready to put 2020 behind us and look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead in the new year. One way we’re anchoring our focus on the future is by setting resolutions that will help us make positive changes and spark joy in the coming year. Here, three tips for how to make resolutions that are constructive, attainable and will help you make 2021 a year of hope and inspiration.
Have an Action Plan
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when it comes to setting attainable resolutions, you should have actionable steps in place that you intend to take that will help you meet your goals. Your goal itself can be general or vague, such as “spread kindness,” but then you should come up with a few specific ways you intend to do that, such as holding more doors open for others or always telling the barista at your local coffee shop to have a nice day. It’s also best for these actions to be small, like cooking a homemade dinner once a week, even if your goal is big, like to eat healthier and more naturally. When you stick to them, taking small steps is often the best way to achieve big changes.
While your action plan should be specific, the breadth of your goals can be broad—in fact, this may help you achieve them faster. The reason: If you set too many resolutions around getting healthier, such as eating better and exercising more and meditating once a day, you may start to feel overwhelmed and as if you won’t achieve any lasting change if you don’t meet every single goal. Instead, spread your goals out into different categories. For example, choose one specific strategy you are going to focus on for getting healthier, another that focuses on improving interpersonal relationships and another centered on personal growth. Since these are less likely to interfere with one another, it will be easier to pursue them all simultaneously—and then after a few months perhaps you change them up.
Spread Them Out
Not every resolution you make for the new year needs to go into effect on January 1. You may set a resolution that’s tied to specific dates throughout the year, like sending everyone in your family a birthday card in the mail, or one tied to a specific season, like signing up for a CSA box in the spring to help you cook with more fresh produce. In fact, choosing resolutions that vary in breadth or time of year in this way, so that you don’t feel like you’ve created a lengthy to-do list for yourself that you need to start on the first of the year, will make them feel easier to achieve and your whole batch of resolutions more attainable overall.
Are you setting resolutions this year? Is there anything you’re doing differently than you have in years past? Share your strategies with us on Facebook or Instagram @powerforlifefitness—it may even take you one step closer to winning our December challenge!