Newsletter #1: Seven tips to help you reach your goals in 2021
I’m Hilary Klassen, co-founder and CEO of bestselfy.
We’ve made it to 2021 (hurray!). As always, goals and resolutions are on everyone’s mind.
It’s challenging to set and follow through with goals - and that’s without a pandemic (studies show that 80% of people give up on their resolutions by the second week in February). But goals represent a great way for us to take care of our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Something I’m sure we could all do with at the moment!
Perhaps a goal you had in mind isn’t doable during lockdown. What realistic goal could you set instead to create the same sense of achievement? Try to be creative and flexible. For example, if you’re looking to make two new meaningful connections at work, what can you do? Some ideas: set up virtual “coffees” to meet one-on-one, start a virtual book club, or create a folder or Slack channel with tasty recipes you’ve made during the pandemic.
This week’s newsletter is designed to help you stay on track and reach your goals in 2021 even through these challenging times. It includes bite-sized coaching tips, curated media and a reflection question. What’s not to love?
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Seven tips to help you reach your goals in 2021 💡
✍️Write down clear, realistic and measurable goals that you want to achieve. Instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to run 5km in 25 minutes by the 20th of June. That is a clear goal you can measure. Don’t overdo it, 2-3 goals are more than enough.
📅 Create an action plan for how exactly you’re going to achieve each goal. What first step(s) do you need to take? What will you have achieved in one, two, three months from now? What resources or support will you need? What might prevent you from reaching your goal(s) and how can you overcome these obstacles?
🤝 Find an accountability partner to make sure you follow through with your goals (a friend, partner or colleague). Send them your action plan, ask them to check in on you frequently or create a Whatsapp group for weekly or daily updates. Another great tip is to set consequences. For instance, when you don’t go for your weekly run, you have to donate a certain amount to a charity (we’ve even heard of people donating to a political party they’re against as a consequence).
📖 Read your goals and visualize yourself accomplishing them every morning (or as often as you can).
🎢 Take it day-by-day. Most of us strive for perfection instead of trusting the journey of progress - a rollercoaster of highs, lows, fuck-ups and celebrations. And so the moment we slip up, we feel like we’ve failed, and end up giving up on our goals. The reality is, you will fail on some days, and that’s totally OK. Just don’t give up!
📊 Keep track of and reflect on your progress. Why? Because we feel good about ourselves when we can see our improvements. If you continuously fail to meet the milestones you created in your action plan, consider revising it.
🎉 Celebrate your accomplishments as often as you can (most people totally suck at this!).
Want more? Here’s this week's curated media from Marie Forleo to help you set powerful goals!
Reflection question of the week 🤔
What small wins can you celebrate this week? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you 😃
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Have a great weekend!