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Setting Goals for 2021 – Five Areas to Keep in Mind While Goal Setting

It’s almost the new year, and we all know what that means – it’s time to go through the goal-setting process once again.

Everyone tends to set goals for themselves before the new year begins, but what’s the best way to go about setting your goals for 2021?

I love to categorize my goals, so today, I’ll go over the five areas of life to keep in mind when setting your goals for 2021. Grab a notebook, and let’s get started!

Health and Fitness Goals

Given what 2020 has taught us, prioritizing your health (both mental and physical) is a must for everyone. However, how you go about setting goals for your own personal health and fitness is up to you!

My advice here is to keep your goal on a level that is maintainable. Far too often, people set goals that surpass what they physically can do given their other areas of life.

If you want to go to the gym every day, you truly need to consider if it is sustainable for you to do. If it is, go for it! If it isn’t, consider scaling back to 3-4 times a week in order to make sure that you are able to stick to your new habit and goal.

Financial Goals

Whether it be working your way out of debt or beginning to contribute to your retirement and life savings, it’s important to set financial goals for yourself every year.

Choose a baseline number that seems reasonable for you to start; then, push that line a bit further. It’s been shown that when you push yourself past what you think you’re capable of, you end up going further than you could have ever imagined.

This mentality is applied to athletes, so why not apply it to your finances? Give it a try in 2021!

If you work based on commissions like myself, you can also set a financial goal of a set number you want to reach that year.

Personal Goals

Personal goals can be anything you want them to be. For me, it was reading one book every week of 2021.

Think of something that you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe that’s learning the guitar, going on more walks, or even spending more time off of social media.

Set a goal for yourself that is personal to who you want to become. It’s inspiring to becoming the best version of yourself, so use that as your motivation to keep up with the goal you set.

Career and Business Goals

Usually, when people think of goals, it has to do with their work in some shape or form. Maybe you want to quit your 9-5 job this year and start working for yourself…or maybe you want to begin a new chapter of your life at that dream company which, up until now, has seemed out of reach.

Set your career and business goals in line with consistent progress that you can work towards as the year progresses.

Family Goals

The last category that you should consider when setting your goals for the new year is family. At the end of the day, take a look at what you prioritize in life. Like most, family and relationships are usually at the top of that list.

So, be intentional about the time that you set aside for your loved ones. Some goal ideas I’ve seen relating to family are going on a road trip, scheduling family time at the end or beginning of each day, and even spending more dinners together at the table.

The common factor in all of the categories I covered is what you personally want your life to look like at the end of 2021.

Your goal categories are simply there as a guideline to help you address each area of your life that you might want to work on.

I hope that this was able to help you understand more about how to set goals for 2021 by using categories that are generalizable to your own life! Until next week, thanks for reading!

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