Take Control of 2021 – Setting Goals for a New Year
This past year has been one that will go down in history as one that most of us would like to forget. It’s one thing to have a “bad year” but 2020 was a complete and utter nightmare to put it nicely. So how do we wrap up this year and try to be optimistic about setting goals for a year to come that might not be much better?
Each year around this time I find myself reflecting on my year – looking at goals I had set and accomplishments I achieved over the past 12 months. This year as I look back, I realize that in the midst of everything that happened with the pandemic, I completely lost focus of my personal goals and so did a lot of my clients.
Many people gained what I call “pandemic pounds” for a variety of reasons. Some of you just stress ate but many people found the lifestyles brought on by the pandemic were a major cause. Working from home puts many people around food all the time and we find more reasons to grab snacks. If your gym closed perhaps you just stopped exercising. Whatever the reason, it is time to look at what happened so we can look ahead with some new goals for 2021.
So how do we forge ahead into a New Year not knowing what is going to change? I think we are all aware that at least the next 6 months are going continue to be up and down. But can you afford to lose another year of not taking care of your health? The one thing you do have control over in all of this chaos is how you treat your body and what you choose to make a priority.
As you go into 2021, take the time to reflect on what happened this past year. Did you set goals that you didn’t meet? Did you gain weight or develop some health issues? Did some good habits like daily exercise or mediation fall to the wayside? I know for me one goal I set was to form a habit of daily meditation and as soon as the country shut down, I stopped this practice that had been well on its way to becoming a healthy habit for me. When I look back, I used the excuse of feeling a loss of control to just simply stop meditating. My other option could have been the opposite, to grab control and use this time to build a good practice.
So, what happened? I think many of us were so stressed and unprepared for the changes that happened so we put our health and goals on the back burner, giving away our control. But now that we know what to expect, we can better prepare ourselves to set goals to overcome obstacles or to build on the good habits we started.
As we say good riddance to 2020, take control of 2021 and make sure that this year you are prepared to overcome the challenges and put your health first.
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