2021: Inspiration for goals and how to achieve them

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If you completed our end-of-2020 reflection exercise, you may be keen to use what you learned to set your goals for 2021.

Setting your intentions

You might be tired of setting traditional New Year’s resolutions. Just as we did with the reflective journaling, we’ll share a list of prompts that you can choose from depending on what resonates with you. We also share some techniques to help you achieve your goals.

Work

  • Skills I want to develop in my career are…
  • New connection I want to establish in my professional network are..

Finances

  • Ways I will get myself into a more comfortable money position are… (Check out our Money Blog for tips)
  • Contacts I will reach out for advice on my finances are… (Perhaps our Community Welfare Champion could help, call 07555 060 664)

Giving Back

  • Ways in which I could ‘give back’ in the coming year are…
  • Strengths I could share for the benefit of others are…

Health & Wellbeing

  • What can I do to make myself fitter?
  • How can I make healthy food choices?
  • How can I find and connect people who I could share my wellbeing journey with? (Get in touch with us if you would be interested in joining our Wellbeing Group.)

This is a good opportunity to use some visualisation. For example, imagine yourself saying “no” to unhealthy deserts, walking to the shops instead of taking the car or taking some mindful breaths before entering your work.

Social Relationships: Friends/Family

  • In order to best help [insert friend/family member’s name] in to coming year I will…
  • Activities I could do to spend more time with my family are…

Hobbies

  • Activities I want to devote more time to this year are…
  • A skill I want to work towards mastering is…

If you’re looking to master a new skill, you may wish to ‘work backwards’. Look at someone who you admire and consider how they got to where they are now. Next, think of how break this into smaller steps you can achieve in 5 years, 2 years, 1 year, 3 months. This can make something ‘impossible’ seem a lot more achievable.

Self-development

  • Ways I will avoid the things I don’t do and don’t want to start are…
  • My number 1 enemy to self-improvement is [???] and ways I will avoid this are…
  • Am I spending my time in the way I want to? Activities I am not investing enough time in are…

Pause to reflect throughout the year

Flexibility in your goals may be important with the ongoing uncertainty. It may be good to set the intention to check in with yourself and change your goals. You could even set one of your goals to be “I will replace one of the goals above with something I have realised is more important.”

Also, remember to reward yourself and celebrate your achievements.

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