Hello 2021! Tips for Setting Goals for the New Year

This blog has been one hell of a journey. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to come back into this blogging thing. It’s officially been 3 months since my last post and I’ve just been coming up with different excuses as to stop writing. But the truth is, this blog grew because of my weight gain journey and all of my posts about the process. And now that I’m no longer focused on gaining weight, I feel as though I’ve lost my voice.

Of course that’s complete nonsense. Just because I’m no longer focus on weight gain that doesn’t mean I don’t have knowledge to be shared.

I still love fitness and health even if it’s not specifically geared towards weight gain. And although, going to the gym has been tossed out the window due to the pandemic and my job relocating an hour away, I still do workouts at home. And I’ve even posted some of my workouts on youtube. By the way, I’ve really gotten into jump roping lately. It’s minimal equipment and maximum cardio efficiency. If you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest that you do.

I’ve also started to cook most of my meals, which means I’m eating a lot healthier and trying new recipes. Some successful and some not so much. And because of that I’m going to be making What I Eat In A Day videos and blog posts. I even want to post some of my failed recipes to keep it real.

All of that to say this: there’s been a lot of effort, sweat and tears put into the blog and I’m not ready to give it up yet. So with that being said, here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2021 and how I’m setting goals for this year.

Tips for Setting Goals for 2021 

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What I’ve come to realize is that I had it all backwards. I used to think setting goals at the beginning of the year was a waste of time. Why do that when you can just start working on your goals now?

But the truth is, It can actually be helpful to use the new year as sort of a reset button. Which is what I’m doing now. The past is in the past. And I can’t change it. But I can start this year fresh and make actions that lead to a better version of myself.

And if 2020 taught me anything, it’s plans can change drastically. So I’d like to consider goal setting for this year more as guidelines. Know that at any point these goals can change and THAT’S OKAY! What’s life without a little flexibility.

Here’s how I recommend setting goals for this year:

Give this year a name.

Create a theme for this year. Choose a word that has been on your mind that covers what you’ve been lacking recently. Or what you’ve been meaning to focus on but haven’t gotten around to.

My word for this year is consistency. For the past year and a half it’s been a whirlwind. Moving from place to place. Starting businesses then ending them. Saying I’m going to start a YouTube channel but never actually following through. I just want this year to be the year that I build up the projects that I already have going and be consistent in doing so.

What’s your theme for this year? Whatever you decide, your goals should easily fall under that umbrella.

Be Clear in what you want.

Make sure your intentions are clear and well defined. If you want to start eating healthier, instead of just saying that put some numbers behind it. 4 times a week? Breakfast and lunch? Be clear so that it’s easy to keep track of your progress.

Create a habit with your goals.

Reaching a goal is just a matter of building habits. And the best way to build a habit is by connecting it to an existing habit that you already have. If you want to read more. Add reading to your morning or nightly routine. That way, it’ll easily be something you can incorporate to a routine that you already have.

Want to workout more? Bring your gym clothes to work with you. And if you have trouble with that, make a habit of picking out your gym clothes at the same time as you grab your work clothes.

Have a reward system (or a punishment one).

Motivation is fleeting. Which is why I typically don’t agree with new year’s resolutions. But one thing that has always worked for me is to reward myself after I reach a milestone in my goals to motivate me to keep going.

This could be at the halfway point of your goal or once you’ve already reached it. Or if your goal is a complete lifestyle change reward yourself once a month with something small to celebrate your continued habit.

Here are my intentions for the year:

Fitness

  • Strength training 2 times a week. I want to maintain muscle but I also want to have a life. Lifting weights doesn’t have to be the end all be all.
  • Some type of fun bodyweight training: yoga, pilates, barre, dancing, etc.
  • Start creating my at home gym. Going to the gym adds up. Why spend my money there if I can use that same money and slowly build my own gym environment at home. 

Lifestyle

  • Read more books. 1 book a month minimum. I love reading and this year I’m making time for it.
  • Continue to try a new recipe at least twice a month.
  • Go on more hiking trips and daycations. Of course this will have to wait till it gets warmer where I live because I hate the cold.
  • Go on one trip outside the country/somewhere I’ve never been before.
  • Have more self care and stress relief sessions

Content Creation

  • Be present! Get back on social media, tiktok, instagram, it doesn’t matter. 
  • Create one youtube video and blog post a week. There are only 52 weeks in a year and I already missed four. Which means I have at least 48 new opportunities to grow and make my dreams come true.
  • Connect with new people. Spend time fostering relationships and positively impacting the lives of others.
  • Focus less on getting the attention of brands and just be my authentic self. The people who are interested will come.

Do you have any intentions for 2021? If so what are they? 

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