Seven Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2021

It’s that time of the year again…

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1. Set SMART goals

No, I’m not calling your goals dumb. But they could be a lot better with the help of a handy little acronym.

Specific

How much weight do you want to lose? Or, how much do you actually want to weigh?

Measurable

What’s your starting point and end goal? How will you measure your progress along the way?

Achievable

Do you truly believe you can accomplish this goal? Or have you already given up on it before you’ve even started? Be ambitious enough to get excited, but not so ambitious that you feel at the back of your mind that it’s impossible.

Relevant

Why do you want to lose weight? Why is this goal important to you? Will it actually improve your life?

Time-bound

What’s your deadline? The same essay can take you three weeks or three months to write, depending on whether the deadline is in three weeks or three months, respectively. If you never set an end-date, you’ll never start working towards your goal.

2. Write down your goals

If you’re reading this article, you probably do this already, but just in case you don’t, OH MY GOD PLEASE START WRITING YOUR GOALS DOWN!!!

3. Set mini-goals along the way

While writing down your goals helps, it’s the work you do that truly matters. There’s nothing sadder than a list of goals in a forgotten notebook that you never opened back up again once January was over.

4. Stop talking to people about your goals. Seriously.

Ahh… if I could go back in time, I would whack myself in the head over this one.

  1. You’re a little narcissistic and seeking attention/praise for things you haven’t done
  2. You’re just really freaking excited about it

5. Change your identity

No, I don’t mean buying a fake ID. Please don’t do that.

6. Prioritize

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” I have a love-hate relationship with these words of wisdom. I know they’re true, but I still want to do everything! So I like to rephrase it to, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything at the same time.”

7. Focus on things you can control

How many people out there put “travel more” in their new year’s resolutions last year?

I was born in Romania, grew up in China, and now I live in Germany. My passions include travel, YouTube, personal development, and mental health.

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