Updated: Jan 21
It's finally the year we've all been waiting for - a hopeful reprieve from the 12 months we just experienced. But with 2020 under your belt, are you wondering, how do I make this year count? It's safe to say last year was, for most of us...well...a bad one worldwide. We had our year to hibernate inside our homes, wear pajamas 24/7, and binge Netflix until our eyes glazed over. Hopefully for many of us, we also had time to sit and reflect about not only what we're grateful for, but what we want for our lives. So how do we kick off 2021 with a bang?
SET THOSE GOALS
You heard me! We all know the new year comes with goal making. I'm not talking about the fad diet all your friends are jumping on or that this year you want to "put yourself out there more". I'm talking mindful, measurable, realistic goals that will help you grow whether that is mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. So, what can these look like?
- Do something active every morning
- Keep a daily journal and stick to it
- Start a podcast and create content weekly
- Call grandpa at least once a month
Give yourself a timeframe on every single goal you create. This helps you stay accountable and gives you more motivation to complete it. Another tip is to set reminders for yourself in your phone, whether this is daily, weekly, or monthly. Whatever your current goals are for 2021, make sure they are serving you - make sure your mindset accurately represents what you want to get out of them.
This year, let's train ourselves to set goals that make us feel good. Set the goal of working out not to look like Kendall Jenner, but to get your body strong. Set the goal of starting a podcast not to appease your parents that you've finally found a hobby, but to express yourself and connect with others. No matter the goal, write them all down, and how you intend to reach them.
So, you've set your goals and what you want this year to look like, and have even written out how you plan to achieve it. Now it's time to clear some space in your day for manifestation - I know, hokey right? But if I've learned anything in my 23 years, it's that envisioning the life you desire is just as important as taking the steps to get there.
Imagine what your dream life is - is it creating your own business? Backpacking through Europe? Becoming a mother of three? Envision every single thing that you want for your life one year, five years, and ten years out. What does it look like? Sit in silence and envision it every. single. day. What we imagine, we create. What we feel, we attract. If you think about this life every day, you will feel as though you already have it - and it will come to be.
CREATE A REALISTIC SCHEDULE
Our goals can be daunting in the beginning of the year - there's so much we want to do and (what seems like) so little time. But, we all have the same 24 hours - it's time to make them count this year. Whether this is waking up before work, staying up a little later than usual, or cutting out a chunk of time during the day, make sure you're creating time to reach your goals, and try to keep this schedule consistent. No one is going to do it for you!! Try to plan out your days for you to reach optimum success - whatever that looks like for you.
I've said it before and I'll say it a million times more - make time to practice gratitude every single day. There is nothing that boosts your mood more than realizing how freaking lucky you are to have food on the table, a roof over your head, friends and family to spend your days with, etc. We all have an abundance of things to be grateful for no matter your situation, we just have to choose to see them. I recommend writing 3-5 things you're grateful for every morning to start your day off on the right foot!
LIVE WITH INTENTION
Something I am trying to do more of this year is living with intention. We can do all the things - set some goals, imagine a nice life for ourselves, and even make a plan of how to accomplish that, but we want to make sure we are intentional in everything we do this year. If 2020 taught us anything, we've learned there is no time to waste. So, be intentional with what you want for this year, and really dig deep if these things will help elevate you as a person.
DO WHAT FEELS GOOD
You don't need to write a novel, become CEO, or run a marathon this year. While setting goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable to bring everything you want in life to fruition, the most important thing you can do this year is do things daily that feed your soul. If that's all you accomplish this year, I'd say 2021 was pretty dang successful.
I hope some of these tips help you kick off your year on a high note, and that 2021 is a year full of love, joy, health, and an abundance of everything you desire and more!