We’ve just entered February, and I have to say that I’m not quite sure where January went. It just whooshed right past me!
At the beginning of the year, we usually plan our goals for the year ahead, but with the pandemic there has been so much uncertainty that most of us might be thinking, “Why bother?”. I know it’s not easy to set goals in the current circumstances, but they’re critical for your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Goals give you direction and purpose; they give you focus, and a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. Because of how challenging 2020 was – a year that nobody will ever forget – and because of the uncertainty of this year, you may be hesitant to set goals. Many goals that you had for 2020 didn’t materialise, and you might and this difficult to accept. But please remind yourself that achieving those goals was most likely beyond your control, rather than because you were complacent or procrastinating.
So, here we are in a new year, and we need to set new goals. What’s different this year is that goals must have a shorter timeframe. In the past, you might have set 12-months goals, but right now you should set short, three-month goals. The benefit is that three months has the ideal balance in that it is neither too short nor too long. You’re likely to have control over the next three months, and, most importantly, you’ll feel optimistic in attaining the goal. Long-term goals will increase your current anxiety and overwhelm. Besides, who needs that additional pressure? Rather be kind and gentle on yourself and set small, bite-size goals. But please do set them, and keep the momentum going. Once you’ve attained those goals, you can set new ones when you’re ready. You can’t ignore this, believing that once the pandemic quietens down you’ll get into action. Get going today!