Now that 2020 is behind us, hopefully we can all see a brighter road ahead. A new year means setting new goals and intentions to improve ourselves and our quality of life. This could mean setting a goal to change careers, prioritize your health, learn a new skill, give back to your community, grow your business, etc. No matter what your goal is, the practice of setting intentions and wanting to change your life for the better is a huge step so congrats! Check out our tips below on how to start 2021 on the right foot.

1. Write down your goals

If you have not already set your 2021 goals, that is something you might want to prioritize. Think of things you would like to accomplish in the new year and then write them down. Thinking of your goals in your head will not get you very far. It is important to right these down so you can look back and hold yourself accountable to those goals.

2. Set realistic goals

A widely accepted goal setting practice is to write down a “SMART” goal. This means your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and have a Timeframe. They should be specific, meaning they define the who, what, when and where of your goal; measurable, meaning you are able to track the progress of your goal and something that you feel you can attain; realistic, meaning it is not too far out of reach and can be achieved within a certain timeframe.

3. Write out plans for your goals

It is important to not only set realistic goals, but you want to write out how you are going to reach those goals. For example, if you want to grow your business, writing it down is not enough. Think of the steps you need to take to accomplish this goal such as attending networking events, resources, nurturing existing customers and looking for new growth opportunities, etc. Establishing a plan of action will help you track the progress of your goal.

4. Tell your support group

Now that you have your goals set in place, phone a friend, family member, coworker or anyone in your support group and tell them about it. This way you can have someone hold you accountable for your goals in 2021.

5. Develop new habits

Once you have reached your goal, the work does not stop there. You created this goal for yourself in the beginning of 2021 so now you need to maintain that goal and turn it into a habit. According to a Healthline article, it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. While this is a broad range, they express that there is no one-size-fits-all and some habits are easier to form than others so find the timeline that works best for you.

While it is important to set goals, it is more important to set realistic goals, write them down, plan out how you are going to achieve these goals, tell your support group and finally, turn these goals into habits. Whatever your goal is, if Focus can help you in anyway, please let us know. Feel free to call us at (770) 937-0410.

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