How to set goals in 2021… | Street Designed

Let’s be honest about something for a minute: New Year’s resolutions are the worst. They create stress and, more often than not, just make you feel like a failure. When was the last time you made a January 1st promise that you actually stuck to? It’s a pretty rare occurrence, right?

And you’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail , no matter how inspired we might be when we make them. We start the year with high spirits and high ambitions, but by March we’ve fallen off track and things just don’t happen the way we planned.

Why do New Year’s Resolutions statistically fail?

They’re framed negatively

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Stop checking your work email after 7pm.

This kind of language encourages your resolutions to backfire, because you’re visualizing the exact thing you’re trying to avoid.

They’re too vague

There’s no accountability

They’re too ambitious

How to set goals in 2021

Hone in on one specific area

Make it specific

For example, instead of ‘run more’, you could say ‘compete in a 5K in the next 3 months’. Instead of ‘sort out my finances’, it could be ‘consult an accountant and make a budget for each quarter.

Then make your goals measurable

If you have a small business and you want to gain more clients, your resolution might be ‘actively recruit more clients’, but:

  • How many do you want? One? One hundred?
  • What kind of clients do you want?
  • How much do you need them to spend with you?

A great example of a measurable resolution would be: ‘Recruit ten more clients who align with my brand philosophy, who pay $X rate.’

Set a goal for each month

Write a positive bucket list

It should be a little more exciting than a to-do list (don’t include ‘switch energy providers’, for example). But make sure to think realistically, committing to what you can actually achieve in 2021.

Your lifetime bucket list might include ‘visit 50 countries’ but it’s not likely you’ll be able to do that all in a year. So how many could you do in just 12 months? This is a fun way to approach resolutions, and ticking things off the list as you go will be hugely rewarding and motivational.

Find an accountability buddy

Find a friend or a coworker who shares your mindset and interests, and see if you can become each others’ accountability partners. Maybe you can have monthly check-ins to see if you’re on track, and can encourage each other to keep at it. It’d be even better if you share some of the same goals — if you both want to upskill in a certain area, you could take the same online course together.

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Originally published at on December 29, 2021.

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