The 3,012 days of 2020 – or so it feels – are finally coming to an end. This year has thrown an elephant-sized-wrench in everyone’s plans, and resolutions – which makes a fresh start in 2021 all the more exciting. Here are four tips to help you make a meaningful, achievable resolution list.
Be Kind To Yourself
Don’t waste time beating yourself up over failed 2020 – or even 2019 – goals. Look at what obstacles led to those failures. Whether it was lack of self-discipline or all the gyms shutting down, there’s something to be learned. How can you work around those problems in 2021?
Be Kind To Others
Not every resolution has to be about yourself. Think about how you can help others in 2021. This past year has affected the large majority of Americans in some way, creating a great need for kindness. Making a goal to be kind does not require your wallet. You can give back by giving your time or your empathy. If you require inspiration, look through NPR's guide to giving back during a pandemic.
Take Small Steps
Make small, achievable resolutions or break big ones into smaller ones. People make the mistake of trying to 180 their entire life from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. Take simple steps to move toward your resolutions – 1-5% at a time. If you improve your life by 1% each day, you will end up better than where you started by the end of the year.
Celebrate Your Victories
It is easy to spot your failures, but celebrate your success as well. If you are making New Year’s resolutions for 2021, you’ve already made the first step to building better habits and achieving your goals! To help celebrate your first victory, send us what you are thankful for or your resolutions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A winner will be drawn on Dec. 30. The winner will receive a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider to celebrate the new year.
We look forward to hearing about your 2021 plans. If you are looking for more fun around the community, be sure to check the Olympus at The District blog.