New Year's Goals: Set Yourself Up For Success

The new year is here, and most of us have high hopes for 2021. We all wish for things to go back to normal. We want to see our friends and family, want to hug and kiss loved ones, enjoy dinner outside, and forget about Zoom calls. Fingers crossed that 2021 will deliver!

It is customary to embark on new challenges and set up new goals at the beginning of a new year. And I am not an exception. I also have a few goals that I want to accomplish in 2021.

  • First, I want to write more. As simple as it might sounds, it is a tough one for me. Everyday I juggle children, household, a full-time job, and my writing. Children and work often end up being the priority, and I left with little energy or inspiration to write. My goal is to try block time in the early afternoon for writing or at least brainstorm ideas. Sometimes the most challenging thing is to find a topic to spark my writing.

  • Second, I need to stop watching Netflix late at night and instead hit my pillow much earlier. This one is a struggle for me. It is so tempting to watch just one more episode and then another. Before I know it, it is midnight. Where did the time go?

  • Third, I have to build up the courage to say "no" to chocolate. Staying and working from home made it so easy to grab candy every time I stop by the kitchen. A small indulgence that brings such high in these joyless times making it hard to pass it by - but I must try.

  • Fourth, I need to start meditating again. I have no idea when I can squeeze it in a day, but there must be ten minutes somewhere. I also need to remember to do it. So often, I get caught up in daily chores that meditation never even crosses my mind.

There are many other goals that I could add to this list, but I want to be reasonable. Creating a never-ending list of hopes will not help me to achieve them. Quite the opposite, the overly burdensome list will discourage me, resulting in zero accomplishments. A better idea would be to set attainable goals that are achievable in time of the pandemic.

I hope that 2021 will be a better year for us, whether we face emotional, physical, or mental challenges. For now, unfortunately, we must endure a "dark winter" with its many trials and hurdles to come. We must commit to safety, health guidelines, and isolation. I know it is hard, especially since we have been fighting COVID-19 for over a year now, but we have to stay strong. If we are to come out of this, we need to do the hard work.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The United States government has approved a few vaccines, and we are in the middle of the most considerable vaccination effort. We will beat it!

For now, stay safe, healthy, and strong with an eye on the long term goal!


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