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  • Writer's pictureDr. de Castro

Start 2021 Off Right!

Happy 2021!

I’m sure we all agree, we are all hoping 2021 is uphill from the uncertainty of 2020. It’s been a year of the unknown, and a collective trauma that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

January is the new start, the new year. And while I am a big fan of goal setting and re-setting throughout the year, it feels like a natural time to pick some new goals for the fresh year.

Unfortunately, most people have given up and dropped their new year’s resolutions by February. Don’t want to be that guy/gal? Here are some things to consider when goal setting for 2021.

Have a Brain Dump

Get a blank piece of paper, set a timer for 5-10 minutes, and make sure you won’t be interrupted. You can even go a step further and set the mood. Light a candle, turn on some music and take some meditative breaths. Start the timer and just WRITE. No matter how crazy, or out there a goal may seem, write it down. Think big picture. This is the part where you get to dream as big as you want to. Need some extra guidance? Try using these categories: Career, finances, education, family, creativity, physical/health, community, travel

Pick 3 things from the brain dump, and break down into actionable steps

We can’t do it all at once, so pick 3-5 things from your brain dump, preferably from different categories. One at a time, break those big dreams down into realistic steps to help you get there. Wanting to be a millionaire is a great dream, but what steps will you take to get there?

Create an ideal timeline for these steps

Timelines are important, if we don’t have an end date in mind, we can continue to procrastinate and push our dreams to the future and never actually achieve them.

Write it down

Keeping track of things will help hold you accountable, if it didn’t get written down, it never happened!

Shout it out

Same as above, letting people know your goals and steps to get there will hold you accountable not just to yourself, but to others as well.

Remember, be SMART

With all of these, remember to use the SMART principle. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Keeping this principle in mind will help you make the right choices in your steps to achieve those big dreams!

Whether it’s January, or any other month of the year, these tips can help keep you on track and reach any goal!

Need more assistance? Depending on your goal, different providers can guide you! Check out nutritionists, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, naturopaths, and acupuncturists. They can all help you with health related goals, and bonus are ALL available at my clinic Movement Performance and Health!

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