The New Year offers the start of something new and an opportunity to set intentions or resolutions for the future.
Are you one of the 50% of people who make New Year’s resolutions? What will they be?
As you are deciding on what your goals and intentions are for 2021, keep these success strategies in mind.
1: Find your purpose, but avoid focusing on a specific outcome: ask yourself “WHY” you want to meet this particular goal and keep that in mind, which will improve your motivation. For example, if you want to lose weight, instead of setting a specific goal weight, think about having more energy to play with your kids, or being able to enjoy things like hiking or going for walks more easily.
2: Break down your goal into steps and set realistic milestones along the way: Create a specific list of what you need to change and how to make it happen. You need a plan to meet these smaller milestones on the way to your bigger goal.
“I will move my body for 30 minutes every day.”
“I will eat three whole-food, plant-based meals each week.”
3: Make your goal public: We are social creatures and want to connect and feel accepted by others. We also want to avoid shame and embarrassment. Sometimes a public commitment can hold you accountable and help with follow-through. Think about telling your family or friends about your goal or joining a group online with like-minded people.
4: Connect with like-minded people: People are more successful at achieving their goals when they connect with like-minded people. Seeing others working hard towards similar goals can be motivating and help you stay on track. Even with our strange times right now, there are a lot of online opportunities to connect with people who have similar interests and goals.
Happy New Year!
The Planted Team
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