When it comes to setting goals, most of us have the best intentions. You’re finally going to take control of your finances. Lose weight. Get that promotion. Yadda, yadda!

Still, isn’t it a bit early? January 1st is when most of us set our New Year’s resolutions and goals, right?

Unfortunately, for many of us as we look back on 2020, we tend to feel that we haven’t conquered … it’s been challenging. We’re more than halfway through this year, and so far it’s been marked by tragic losses and widespread panic due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 2020 has not been a great one for most of us. You? 

Things happened that we couldn’t have possibly predicted, and that’s okay. What’s important is that we move forward. Here’s the thing though, to get to the long-term goals you need to think about today. Don’t use this virus as an excuse to give up on the rest of the year. A wise man once said: “ What you do today brings you to tomorrow.” 

So, end strong. Reflect on this year to set yourself up for next year. Create your end of 2020 to-do list today. What would you like to resolve now that would make life easier in 2021? Take stock and start by knocking off micro items. Register for a class, or if your goal is personal such as eating healthier, bookmark healthy recipes for the week and place healthy food items near the front of your fridge for better visibility. Update your resume if you’re looking for a new job, or if your goal is to run a marathon in 2021, start by running for two minutes every day without stopping. 

By knocking off micro items, you’ll feel a massive sense of accomplishment to build momentum to pursue bigger goals.

When it comes to setting goals for a new year, remember, a resolution without a plan is just wishful thinking. 

So, be specificput them on paper, and start small. Start by setting goals for the seven significant areas of life:

  • Financial goals. Get out of debt, start saving for retirement.
  • Spiritual goals. Start a journal, join a group at church.
  • Fitness goals. Take the stairs, hit the gym, walk 1000 steps more each day.
  • Family goals. Go on one-on-one dates with your kids, have standing date nights with your spouse, call mom and dad Sunday nights.
  • Career goals. Learn something new about your line of work, send out your resume if you’re looking for a new job.
  • Social goals. Say “yes” more – or for some of us, say “no” more often.

Don’t look now … but 2021 is just around the corner! 

Although 2020 will forever be associated with crises, the constraints needn’t define us. It is possible to rebuild from this crises in a way that makes us more resilient to future shock waves.

Source: womanshealthmag.com, medium.com, brookings.edu, daveramsey.com, tech-critic.com, inkandvolt.com

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